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“A very unique stay with outstanding facilities and staff” 5 of 5 stars
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PO Box 284 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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“A very unique stay with outstanding facilities and staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This was our first stop on our safari. We spent 2 nights here. Of all the places we stayed, this was our favorite! The people here were so kind, so welcoming and so charming. Maybe because it's a smaller camp? The touches were fabulous: a real wakeup "call" with coffee on our porch at 6am, watching the African dawn. A hot water bottle buried in our bed. Lovely sheets and amenities. Your hot water is heated, at least in the AM, by firewood, so to smell that wafting over you while in bed or drinking coffee was sublime. The food was excellent - a mix of "American" and Indian cuisine, perhaps? There was plenty of it, too - buffet style dining. Lastly, this place is now non-profit. All proceeds go to the African Wildlife Trust - an organization, that among many things, strives to protect the last few elephants. Come here, stay here! You won't regret it. It's charming. It's Africa!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Thank you for such a lovely review! We are so proud to be your favourite! It certainly is a charming place to stay and we agree that by being a slightly smaller property, the feel here is very intimate and unique. We have spent alot of time working with our chefs on a new menu, and are thrilled that you agree it is 'excellent'!
Karibu tena - you're welcome again!
Alice
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

After a long drive from Arusha on very rutted roads & seeing our first elephants up close, we arrived at Kikoti with a warm welcome, refreshing wet face cloth, & yummy juice. Danny gave us a thorough overview of the camp as well as safety tips. The very friendly & smiling Maasai brought our luggage up into our lodge - roughing it? I don't think so. An "Out of Africa" feel with satin throw pillows, warm colors, great linens, draped mosquito netting set up at night, 2 sinks, shower "stall", & separate toilet. Night sounds were enchanting. Meals were freshly prepared with quality ingredients & breakfast was complete with an omelette station! So picturesque with covered open air lounge/bar area. Being close to Tarangire was wonderful & we saw many elephants - these magnificent animals must be protected from the ivory poachers. As our t-shirt says, "ivory only belongs on elephants." It's a wonderful park & having water year round assures good populations of animals. We also saw many zebras, impalas, giraffes, leopard with 2 cubs, buffalo, & many birds. Danny, the new manager, has many exciting plans & is passionate about protecting the elephants' habitat & future. This became our favorite lodge during our 11 day Roy Safari trip! Please consider donating to the non-profit African Wildlife Trust.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
wow, we are delighted to hear Kikoti was your favourite lodge on safari! We know we're biased, but it truly is a very special place, with all the profits going straight back into helping the conservation of the animals you come to see! We certainly are passionate about protecting what we have here, and we are so pleased that by staying here with us you were able to help us too!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Great way to experience a tented camp with the luxury of you bathroom! The camp is located 20 munutes drive from a side gate of Tarangire National Park. It has a great wilderness feeling. Rooms are bungalow on stilts each with itd own terrace with great sunset view. Though rooms are quite big, they can only fit 3 beds each, so children will have to share a bed. As a matter of fact the bugalow are quite distant one from the other and in the dark (after 7pm) it is not safe to walk unaccompanied. You need to signal with the light for one of the Masai gaurd to escort you (he usually has a shotgun). Animals roam around at night, so it is not for the children to be left alone. Service is great, food amazing, both at breakfast and at dinner. There is a fire in the common area for a "bushman TV" experience. No plugs in the room (though there is electricity thanks to a generator) and no internet except in the office area (it did not work when we were there).

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay.
Unfortunately from time to time, due to our remote location, we can experience problems with our internet connection, and we do our best to make sure we get online again as quickly as we can. We currently have the wifi system set up in all our communal areas, such as the lounge, fire pit, and dinning area, and we hope to eventually extend this signal too the rooms.
Although some of our rooms are currently without charging sockets we do provide a 'charging room' complete with adaptors.
We hope to welcome you back to Kikoti soon!
Alice
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Kikoti is a truly beautiful camp - if you look on a map you might feel worried that it's technically outside of the park but as there are no fences this really doesn't matter! The views are amazing and you really feel like you're in the heart of the bush. We absolutely loved the food and all the staff were incredibly friendly. We had incredible ele viewings and I'd say Kikoti is the perfect base to explore Tarangire from.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Thank you for your review!
Yes, technically we are outside of the national park, although only by 1 kilometre! In actual fact we see this as one of the many great things about Kikoti, as being outside of the park, we are able to offer our guests activities such as guided walks and night game drives, which are not permitted inside the park. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
Alice
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Hearing the magic noise of Africa in your chalet luxury "tent" has been a fantastic experience! The managers and the staff were the friendliest in the very friendly Tanzania. The chalet tent was very clean and fine, the food was the best in the whole trip. The Massai even did a fire lighting ceremony for us. What I would not expect, even the Internet connection was quite good. We saw hundreds of elephants in Tarangire. Of all lodges and hotels, we liked Kikoti the best.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
We are delighted to hear that of all your experiences in Tanzania you liked Kikoti the best!
The massai love showing our guests their traditional way of life, whether it be in a dance or by teaching you to start a fire using just two sticks!
Thank you for leaving us such a great review! and we hope if you ever come to Tanzania again you will pay us another visit!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We got a warm welcome upon arrival, after a day-long drive. It was by far the friendliest place I've stayed in, while in Tanzania. The "tents" are houses on stilts and are very clean and comfortable, even though I'm not the camping type. The setting is in the wild without a fenced in boundary around the camp but you get to experience it without having to rough it.

Masai staff escort you to and from you tent should you need to go to the lobby or restaurant after dark. Wifi was working throughout the duration of our stay, which was repaired after the elephants played around with it. The food was also excellent.

I also loved that the manager asked us to not tip individually, but place the entire amount in a jar so they could split it evenly among all of the staff. I wish more camps/hotels would do this.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Thank you for the amazing review! we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much. Here at Kikoti we work as a family, and it is as a result of this great team effort that we believe we achieve our unique 'friendly' atmosphere. We have a wonderful group of staff here and we feel they all deserve to share the 'thank you', whether they are a member of the housekeeping staff or kitchen staff - or even the water truck driver - they are all invaluable to our little 'family' and we couldn't do without them!
Thank you for your comments, and we hope to welcome you back again soon!
Alice
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Drove most of the day from Arusha to get to Kikoti but once out into the bush, we saw lots, and I do mean lots, of animals on our way into Tarangire National Park and our first night on safari at Kikoti. We were so excited to see our first zebras - two of them standing off in the distance - and our cameras clicked away. A half mile down the road we ran into the whole herd and then we saw elephants, then gazelles, then more zebras, then more elephants, then giraffes. This was our first day and already our breath was being taken away. Early in the evening after many a mile on very dusty and very rutty dirt roads, we arrived at Kikoti Tent Camp. The young couple who run the camp personally met us and saw to our immediate comfort with glasses of fresh fruit juice. Upon checking in we were led to our private "tent" which is really a rustic cabin on stilts and it had all the comforts of home. A nice porch with lounge chairs to enjoy the scenery, a comfortable king size bed with lots of covers, plenty of storage space, two sinks with running water, a shower, and toilet. It could not have been nicer. All the food is buffet style but it is cooked fresh and is delicious. Before dinner, an inviting bar area has comfortable couches to lounge on and enjoy a cocktail or Kilimanjaro beer. Dinner is served outside under the stars while a roaring fire blazes in the fire pit. After you tell the staff what time you want to rise so they can build your fire for hot water, a member of the staff guides you back to your tent with a flashlight and is on the lookout for any wild animals. It is so dark that you will see more stars than you have ever seen in your lifetime. Since it is quite cool, even cold during July, a nice surprise when you go to bed is the hot water bottle that has been placed between your sheets. If you want to experience Africa like you have probably dreamed it would be then Kikoti Tented Camp is a terrific place to start.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay here with us! We love our guests to feel at home as soon as they arrive, Danny and I are always on hand to help you settle in, and answer any questions you may have; whether they be about the camp, the park or just Tanzania in general!
Karibu tena (welcome again!!)
Alice
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Address: PO Box 284 | Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Kikoti Tented Camp Hotel Tarangire National Park

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