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Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
- A small camp where the emphasis is on a personal safari experience
- An extraordinary scope for wildlife, game often passes through the camp
- Luxurious tents with en-suite bathrooms with a rustic charm
Facilities includeChild Friendly In-room lockable box Lounge area
- Game Drives
- Night Drives
- Walking Safaris
- Cultural Visits
Seasons in Tanzania
For travellers in search of true wilderness, Kwihala is a dream destination. Set in the Ruaha National Park, Tanzania's new frontier in East African safari, this frontier-style camp offers unparalleled access to the park's huge populations of wildlife. As diverse as the wildlife is the Ruaha eco-system, with highly experienced guides offering a rare chance to explore the park's rich evergreen woodland, baobab forests and sweeping grasslands. With just six elegantly comfortable en-suite tents, a stay at Kwihala offers an intimate safari experience. Daily game excursions, night drives and walking safaris offer a remarkable insight into the wild lands of Ruaha. At the end of the day, flickering lanterns and a crackling fire await guests, where adventures are shared and the next day's discoveries dreamed of.
With just six simple but luxurious guest tents set in this untouched frontier, Kwihala is close to perfection for safari enthusiasts. Kwihala prides itself on its high standard of guiding and the camps guides are renowned amongst safari enthusiasts for their intimate knowledge of nature and the particular wonders of Ruaha.
To explore Ruaha is to return to a place more primal than you have ever known. Situated far from other camps in Ruaha, you will see little if any human activity and be able to absorb the wild in exclusivity. Game drives can be taken in vehicles or on foot under the guidance of our specialist walking guides who will bring you closer to the wild than you've ever been before, an often thrilling experience in an area renowned for its concentration of predators and big game.
But you need not even move from the camp as game often passes through Kwihala, exposed as it is to the wild.
Ruaha National park is the new safari frontier. Untameable, untouched, unconstrained Africa. Few people know it exists, yet Ruaha is one of the largest national parks on the continent, a place so vast no person can know it completely, and few have tried. It is simply too wild.
Here, the scope of wildlife is extraordinary, at one moment placid, the next, ferocious. A tenth of the world lion population - great prides twenty strong or more - hunts here, families of fangs bold enough to stalk their dark hearted nemesis, buffalo and elephant, relentlessly. Here, along the river, these dark herds are more concentrated than any place in East Africa.
What invitess such creatures is Ruaha National Park’s unique location straddling the transition between Eastern and Southern Africa and two distinct vegetation zones. It is one of the largest wildlife areas on the continent incorporating multiple ecosystems and great variety of species. Here you’ll find over 500 bird species, herds of greater and lesser kudu; sable and roan antelope. Endangered wild dogs find sanctuary here as do bat eared fox and cheetah, one of the few sustainable populations left in east Africa. And as if there weren’t enough big cats, leopards lurk here too, just to keep the balance right - keep things on edge.
How to get there
The nearest airstrip is Msembe Airstrip in Ruaha National Park
There are free airstrip transfers to camp
Daily flights between Ruaha, Selous, Dar (connecting on-wards to Zanzibar and Mafia Island)
Daily flights northbound connecting Ruaha with Arusha (and onward to Serengeti and Manyara)
Southbound flights twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays
Twice weekly flights on Mondays and Thursdays connecting Ruaha with Katavi and Mahale
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
June to September; warm days and cool nights, best time of year for walking safaris. Great elephant and buffalo sightings.
October-November: heavy concentrates of game around the inland lakes, weather dry and hot.
December-March: prolific bird life, many animals calving, weather starts to get humid, with possibility of rain.
The camp is closed Mid-March through to 1st June.
Please note that because of the rains the camp will be closed annually from mid-March to the 1st of June.
Travelling with children
Children over 5 years are welcome, those under 5 are not encouraged for safety reasons.
Children 7 - 16 sharing with two adults: Pay 50% of adult rate.
Children 7 - 16 sharing with one adult: 1st child pays full adult rate, 50% off the adult rate for subsequent children.
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