Owned and operated by a duo who have lived in Tanzania for over 25 years, the Bush Rover offers a completely different way of experiencing the bush. Unlike a traditional safari lodge, the Bush Rovers (Land Rover safari vehicles that have been converted into two-level tents) are movable, so can be set up wherever the best game viewing is at any time of year. From the private deck on top of your Bush Rover, you can take in views of the bush and look out for passing wildlife, relaxing while the animals come to you.
The Bush Rovers are simple in their design. They are all identical, equipped with an en suite bathroom with flush toilet, hot shower and bath and furnished double bed. The bedroom is raised above the Bush Rover and extends into a private deck. The toilet is located where the driver's seat used to be, the shower just outside and the sink and bathtub where the rear seats used to be. A canvas wall is hung to keep the entire area private. The bathroom areas are confined but charming, and the bedroom and deck are more spacious than expected.
The Bush Rovers in the Serengeti follow the migratory herds, aiming to set up in a prime viewing area away from permanent camps. In the Selous, they'll be positioned in a spot where game tends to congregate, most often next to a lake or watering hole of some kind.
Food and Drink
Hot meals are served three times a day around the communal table in the mess tent. Dishes are typical of those you have on a traditional safari, including barbecued meats, fresh vegetables and the occasional local delicacy.
Please note that the Bush Rovers are not suitable for people with mobility issues. It's impossible to stand up fully in the bathroom, and the spiral staircase to the deck and bedroom is quite narrow.
The Bush Rover offers an unusual safari experience. While traditional game drives are offered, the real highlight for us is relaxing out on your deck and watching animals come into view. For those who enjoy being a bit more adventurous and are content with a few nights without frills, we think the Bush Rover experience is hard to match.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.