Anyone stay at the EMC in the Serengeti?

Old Nov 25th, 2007, 12:33 PM
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Anyone stay at the EMC in the Serengeti?

Haven't seen any mention of the Exclusive Mobile Camp...any feedback would be greatly appreciated, this is on our itinerary and I'm a bit nervous about it since i've not seen any mention made. Thanks for everyone's feedback and help!
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 12:37 PM
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Just to clarify, we did try to get into the Ndutu camp and it was full. We are going the first week of January
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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Does EMC Serengeti still exist? It disappeared months ago from the website, and I thought EMC now only offer Kwihala Camp in Ruaha.
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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It exists.

http://www.go-safari.com/Serengeti/TWCSimiyu.htm
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 01:36 PM
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So have there be some changes in ownership?

"TWCSimiyu" in your web address sounds like Tanganyika Wilderness Camps' Simiyu Camp...
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 01:51 PM
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No, the file name has got nothing to do with things - Simuyu is simply a location, not a camp.

As with most mobile camps there are constant changes in sizes, designs, seasons/locations and more. If you take a picture of a tent today, in three months the tent has been replaced with a new design.

I have been saying for years; the mobile safari business is a specialist business requiring special attention to what is going on or not! Here today, gone tomorrow.
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 02:04 PM
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But "TWC" isn't a location. So TWC have moved out, and EMC jumped in? You don't list TWC Mobile anymore on your website...
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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Owner and bookings:

Tanganyika Wilderness Camps
TFA Complex,
P.O.Box 8276 Arusha
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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Sorry, I missed your last question; TWC Mobile (Simuyu and Hugo) are now simply EMC.

Their new website will hopefully have the correct names!
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 02:33 PM
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Thank you very much, Eben.
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 04:04 AM
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Ok, now I feel a little more confused. I have gone to the website for EMC, and am still wondering if anyone has stayed there recently
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As I recall "girlpolo" was here in June.

Do a search on this board for her trip report.
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 04:26 AM
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Hi Mommag

The confusing part is simply the fact that many camps change often due to competitive pressures and evolution as they learn which designs are easier to move and/or hold up in very windy conditions, etc.

When they end up with 2 or 3 designs (or locations) they sometimes name the camps differently to simplify bookings.

You are OK with EMC. What does your ground operator say about EMC? Why did they book you there and not elsewhere for example?

My last stay with EMC was in March 2007 at Ndutu. Loved it. Tents are very nice and comfortable with flushing toilets. They get good camp sites. Food was on par with other mobile camps.

The pictures in the link above was taken during that stay.
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 06:21 AM
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Eben, excuse me for the extra question, but have you seen Entim Camp? I posted a query here in this forum regarding it but no one has actually seen it. Thanks!
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 06:36 AM
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Here's a previous thread with comments http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=35032191

I couldn't find an actual trip report from girlpolo.
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 06:39 AM
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Just found it! http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=35027251
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Old Nov 27th, 2007, 05:19 AM
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Climbhighsleeplow,
Thanks for your help. We wanted to stay at Ndutu but it was full, and I thought it might be worth it to splurge for a couple of nights to have the mobile camp experience. Our TO is Good Earth, and they were really good about getting us exeactly what we asked for. We are a family of five going on our first safari-daughter is in Dar es Salaam studying, but had gone to Arusha for school related reasons and met the good earth people there. We don't really know what we want of course, but it looks as if, based on my extensive lurking the last few months, that we are in for a fantastic adventure!
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Old Jan 1st, 2008, 09:00 PM
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I will be staying at EMC Jan 17-21, 2008

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Old Jan 15th, 2008, 05:01 AM
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We are back from our wonderful journey and stayed at the Simiyu Serengeti Mobile Camp, aka EMC,and had the pleasure of meeting Willy Chambulo, one of the owners/directors of Tanganyika Wilderness camps our first night there. Their website is www.africawilderness.com for anyone interested. The pictures of the Simiyu Camp are not at all what our tents looked like- ours were much more "permanent" looking, with wooden porches, and they were huge and luxurious in every way. Will try and post a trip report as soon as I can digest everything a bit. Thank you to everyone on this site for all of the input and advice, it was really invaluable!
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Old Jan 15th, 2008, 09:16 AM
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Hi mommag,

I'd love to see photos of the camp, if you've got any to post. Where was it located? Yes, Willy is a really interesting person to talk to!

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