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Getting there
Mikumi is a four-hour drive on tarmac road from Dar es Salaam. The camp is a 30–60-minute (depending on weather and road condition) drive on dirt road off the main road.
An airstrip is 60 minutes or more away, but has no scheduled flights. To go there, or to fly from there, you need to charter a plane.
A private train, Safari Express, starts from Dar es Salaam, stops in Selous and ends outside Mikumi. The transfer to the camp is about 2 hours. The train has a few scheduled departures every week. The traffic and the railway aren't fully reliable, though.
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Tanzania:
Stanley's Kopje Camp
Mikumi National Park
Stanley's Kopje Camp (former Foxes Safari Camp) is a tourist class camp in Mikumi National Park in southern Tanzania. It's set in north-eastern Mikumi, some drive through the bush from the main road (leading from Dar es Salaam to Zambia) that cuts straight trough the park.

It's a fairly small tented camp, built on a hill in the savanna that dominates the northern half of Mikumi. The tents are set far apart on the hillside, while the restaurant, bar and swimming pool are located to the hilltop.

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The tents are spacious and have a bedroom part and a bathroom part with WC, washbasin and shower. The veranda in front has a fine view overlooking the savanna. There are watchmen to keep an eye on the bush and to escort you when walking to and from your tent.

Good safari atmosphere
The tents and common facilities are comfortable enough, but this isn't a camp to stay in for maximum luxury, but rather for the good safari atmosphere. Your tent is in the middle of the bush, and you may see animals of any kind around the camp, and hear lions and hyaenas around at night.

The camp offers game drives in open safari vehicles in the park. This is of interest mainly to guests arriving by air or train; if you arrive by road, you will probably do game drives in your own vehicle.

Stanley's Kopje Camp has a good bush feeling. It's set in a fairly remote area, and you won't see many other safari-goers around the camp.

Tent interior. Normal single beds and a bathroom partition.

Swimming pool with a savanna view.

Restaurant and bar in an open building.

There are some long stairs to walk between the tents and the restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

Safari seasons
The major parks of southern Tanzania – Mikumi, Selous and Ruaha – have the highest concentrations of wildlife during August to October, which is the end of a long dry season, when the animals congregate wherever there is water. Most visitors come during this time of year (the parks still have significantly fewer visitors than the major parks of northern Tanzania, such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro).

November to May brings rain, but there is a drier spell during January and February, when safaris are possible.

Wildlife around the camp
Stanley's Kopje Camp is set in the middle of the bush, and you may see any species out of the local fauna around the camp, including elephants, giraffes etc. The tent veranda is a nice place to relax, enjoy the surroundings and keep an eye open for wildlife and birds.

 
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