Around 15 years ago, I overheard a late night conversation between David and Masa about the ultimate “Tent with a View” design – a Land Rover that transforms into a 14 x 16 foot bedroom with a flush loo in the passenger seat and a bath tub in the boot! I thought they were quite mad and didn’t take it seriously. Today we have the Bush Rover Suites, an amazing award-winning camp made up of a fleet of working Land Rovers that drive to a chosen location and transform within hours into a full size bedroom, flush loo, solar lights and hot water showers and a bath tub in a wood panelled bathroom. A mobile camp like no other, the Bush Rovers drive in and set up giving the feel of a permanent camp but one which can be packed away and out of sight in a matter of hours leaving no trace of human footprint.
I was fortunate enough to spend the first ever night in a Bush Rover Suite which was set up in Saadani National Park on the edge of the salt flats. We’d been out on game drive for the afternoon and seen a fabulous herd of elephant over 70 strong and were feeling buoyant. After a lovely hot bath in the back of our Bush Rover, we sat on the balcony surveying the scene, G&T in hand. At this point I was thinking that life really didn’t get much better than this, when we were led to the salt flats by the light of a full moon to a beautiful table laid for dinner. After a delicious meal, prepared by our very own chef Mubes, we walked back to our room accompanied by our guard, Mzee Hoza and to bed on a soft mattress with lovely crisp cotton sheets.
The sounds of the bush combined with ocean waves is something that has always been so special in Saadani and is a truly unique bush and beach experience in one location. In a Bush Rover, I felt so close to the action of the bush whilst being completely safe, raised several metres above the ground with a door to my tented room. Perfect.
The majority of the Bush Rover Suites are now based in the Serengeti each safari season. There are 3 private sites in the best areas in the Serengeti for the great wildebeest migration.
The Bush Rover Migration Camp can be combined with a number of other safari and beach destinations in Tanzania and I’d recommend a stay of between 2-4 nights. Click here for a few sample tours.