In the middle of nowhere I like that it seems to be cut off from everywhere else unlike most tourist camps. This is a tourist camp though so they do speak English. We stayed in the Gers.
The ger doesn’t have a toilet so you have to walk to a building nearby where all the communal toilets are, separate for M/F. The showers are also in that building but separate from the toilet. It just has a curtain and nowhere to keep clothes to change afterwards. Only three toilets and two sinks so it can get busy when the camp is full I had to choose my timings to use the bathroom. There are additional toilets in the restaurant. They provide towels. But I wasn’t able to find an air dryer in the shower room.
Didn’t like the food offered but it was ok. The service was good. The best part is that there is WiFi and it’s not free. It’s an eco camp so lights have a limit, I’m not sure when it went off, maybe at midnight.
The river is just steps away! There’s a basketball court. And great hiking opportunities around.
There are many small visitors around. We had two frogs on our first night, someone else had a bat, and nice are everywhere, you see holes in the ground practical everywhere around the camp and outside, so keep an open mind about it.
We stayed 2 nights for the Nomads festival and it was a great camp. We stayed in an ensuite room which actually turned out to be a motel room which was wonderful. Heat, nice bathroom and a view of the camp and river which of course gers do not have.
Food was good and varied and it had lots of walking trails for birding. It was one of our favorite spots and certainly had the most comfort.
We had one night here and hit a bit of a storm so experienced winter with snow. It looked fantastic, and the ger was certainly warm enough with the stove going. Staff were very nice as they all are in these places, happy to bring you tea and stoke your fire in the night if you want. The food was about average. My only criticisms were that the dining room had absolutely no heating and the showers were cold so we did without! Still a nice place. Part of a tour so hard to comment on the value.
This ger camp was the highlight of our 35 day Trans Siberian trip! We booked independently through Selena Travel, with transfers included from UB. Most of the guests seem to arrive with a driver/guide and stayed a night or two, where as we stayed 4 nights . There was a book in each ger explaining all the activities and the associated costs, which was easy to set up through any staff member.
The camp was not very full which added to the peacefulness. On the whole, we found the food to be very good. We loved the presentations and the lovely salad dishes and we always had more than enough to eat. Breakfast wasn't very exciting, though we all loved the donut sticks they served, especially when we got a fresh, hot batch:)
My husband and I went on horseback rides for 2 of the days, which was so incredible! Between the scenery, the herds of goats/sheep & horses plus wildlife, it was memories to last a lifetime. Our friend who was traveling with us didn't ride, but spent time hiking around and enjoyed herself in general. We would have rented the raft to go down the river, but the raft was too large for only 3 people and there didn't appear to be anyone else to go with. Maybe the camp could organize a daily raft trip to bring 5-6 people together for this? It looked like it would have been fun and we were a bit disappointed with this.
The staff was very helpful and friendly although most could not speak English. It is true that you need to give a couple hours notice for a hot water shower, but this didn't seem to be a big deal. We just told them in the morning what time we wanted to shower and it was ready. The showers and toilet facilities were very clean. The staff asked us if we wanted a fire lit in the morning and evening each day. On the day of our Mongolian BBQ, we were asked whether we wanted to have it by the river or in the main dining room. We opted for the main dining room and they cooked it outdoors on a grill.
If you like wine, they have a decent selection. We particularly liked the Rosemont Australian wine and enjoyed sitting outside on the veranda while toasting the setting sun.
It took us three hours from UB trainstation to arrive to the camp. We went as independent travellers, but you have no problem with the language as Tunga, the manager speaks perfect english and she is so helpful. The road is paved but it is not that great, a lot of holes and their driving would certainly get plenty of penalty points but you survive it, and once you are there in that beautiful nature reserve, so different from any other place we have been to, you realize it is all worth it. We rode everyday for 5 days and became friends with the owner of the horses and his wife the park ranger. They invited us to their home twice for lunch and it was wonderful, they were so hospitable and had a little daughter who was absolutely beautiful. When we think about it they bring me lovely memories. The riding was amazing, in fact if you like horses and generally you are a country person this camp is out of this world. The ger was very comfortable, and you get a basket of logs so that you can have the fire on, and makes the room really warm and cosy, in fact we use to toast our bread on the stove. The beds are fine, you could have your sleeping bag, if you wish too. They provide you with torches, candles and matches, but you could bring some more. A good pair of binoculars, and warm clothes, it can be very cold(even in the summer) and a good waterproof jacket. The food is fine (we had full board), they use to ask at what time we wanted our meals, so that it did not interfere with our activities. The journey from London is quite long and you need visas, so it is not an easy trip, it takes planning and time, otherwise we would go back tomorrow If you have spare room in your case you could take a couple of books or magazines and leave them there. We loved it, and i am sure you will too. If you book the camp online, Tunga will arrange for somebody to pick you up from the station and after your stay drop you wherever you want, either in UB, or airport or trainstation. Just let her know.