Wonderful experience treated like family
Just spent 4 nights at Jimbiza; was treated as family like the wonderful staff and spent hours gazing at the magnificent open view as the camp sits on river bank right where the river turns. It was a wonderful experience. Highly recommended.
The camp has a low-key and relaxed vibe. baboons visit in morning and bush baby at night. Beeeaters, who are noisy colorful little birds rather like parrot, make neat rows of hole on one part of the river bank wall for their homes. Hippos in the river sometimes passby and make their presence known with loud grunting. I would be happy to spend entire quiet days here reading a book, sip cold beer and watch the river. A peaceful bush version of beach holiday.
Rooms are clean and comfortable. Food was good and the fresh bread shaped into different animals each day was a delight. The real star are the staff who are around to help in every way, and happy to talk about local animals and culture. On my last day of stay there there was a large group of guests, the local African band came and the entire staff danced to drum beat. Eventually all the guests join too. Kids were running around and everyone was laughing. It was a beautiful way to experience how locals live.
The camp can arrange travel and safari in the game reserve with very competitive price compared to the safari companies that are based in Salaam – a good option I plan to explore next time. There are boat tours and all day game drives. Don’t miss the morning safari done by a local bushman: it’s alternatively comical and spiritual as he demonstrates traditional ways to hunt, find bush food and medicine, and speak to a 700 year old baobo tree. Best one man show I have seen in a long while.”