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Kwihala Camp, Asilia Africa
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We cannot say enough good things about Kwihala! It exceeded our family's (five adults) expectations in every way. We were told to expect a somewhat "basic" camp, yet the only significant differences from Selous Impala's tents were the bucket shower and single sink. On the not-so-basic side were the cool washcloths and fruit juice waiting for us whenever we returned to camp, the delicious meals served under the stars, the comfortable tents and common areas, the excellent and knowledgeable guides, the courteous and attentive staff, the bush breakfasts and sundowners... But all that pales when compared to the game drives. We saw an incredible abundance of wildlife (I'm still counting, but the total is well over 50 different species!), and marveled at their utter nonchalance as our vehicle came bouncing and jouncing up to them. Kwihala offers a demanding drive schedule, with start times as early at 6AM and running as long as eight hours, but the time flies by when you're watching a young elephant play in the water or a female cheetah guard her cubs as they feast on a kill. Truly a magical place.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank pvsusan44
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Being the first safari experience ever, kwihala and its fantastic enthusiastic guides, friendly staff and great set up left a great impression.
We saw more wildlife than I had ever expected, Lorenzo and saidi, our Italian-tznzanian guide duo were true talents when it came to leopard and cheetah spotting, changing flat tires and an amazing knowledge about wild life!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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1  Thank costafreak
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We have just returned from 5 nights at Kwihala. We had been forewarned that the guiding in Tanzania may not reach the levels we had experienced in Southern Africa in particular in Zambia and Botswana. This emphatically wasn't the case.

The guiding at Kwihala was the best we have experienced - we spent all our drives with Festo but I understand that the other camp guides Pietro and Lorenzo are equally as good. In particular because we were out for 7 or so hours in the morning there was time to just sit and observe - to see the action develop. Whether it was watching the cats stalking or the elephants digging for water below an apparently dried up river, Kwihala gave us time. And by seeing the same prides of lion or leopards or cheetah from day to day we could more appreciate "the back story" - the development of their lives - and the possible future for them. The evening drive of about 3 1/2 hours always seemed to finish too soon!

The camp itself is well run and spacious. The tents are large with shaded verandas and our bed was comfortable. Our morning wake up call was accompanied by tea or coffee. Sarah was a calm and efficient manager who immediately rectified a couple of trivial issues in our tent. The staff are all friendly and welcoming and much laughter could be heard. Breakfast and evening sundowners in the bush were, as always in Africa, an enjoyable part of the day. My personal view is that the light lunches of, for example, salad starter, kebab followed by fruit salad were rather better than 3-course evening meal taken round a communal table under the stars.

Our game viewing experience in Ruaha was magnificent - we were privileged to see lion, leopard and cheetah every day (all with cubs) and to see each of them stalking prey at least twice. In addition we saw greater and lesser kudu, dik dik, duiker, oribi, jackals (including one with pups) plus the "standard" stuff - elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hyena, impala etc etc. The bird life was also great, including many different raptors.

However above all this what makes Kwihala special is the quality of the guiding. We are looking forward to returning to Ruaha and in particular to Kwihala at a different time of year to see another side of life in this area. We have never returned to a safari camp but we are sure we shall return to Kwihala.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Valmobabe
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Me and my wife and my friends stayed here for 3 nights
Ruaha Nat Park :- We has very nice sightings for 3 days we saw all animals but Wild dogs , Park is dry in Sept , lots of reflective sand , so very difficult for photography during bright sunny day , also I would not say its very picture perfect like Katavi Nat Park or Selous, Ruaha has It has lots of Tsetse Fly. This camp do not use Elephant droppings against Tsetse Fly so on safari in some area we have to get use to of their nasty bites,

Location:- it's located in the middle of the park , it was quite luxurious. Compare with Mdonya Old river Camp , but its located on a little hill , so animals would not come and pass by tent during day or night , I feel location of Mdonya is better but quality of this lodge is better then Mdonya.

Guiding and Driver: - The Guiding was ok , I would say above Avg,
There was Guide called Festo , he was amazing , one of the best guide I have met in so many years in africa

Service and Staff : The service level by the manager and staff were Good but not excellent . the food was also great. Drinks were not included but they were priced reasonably , Staff was not friendly but not rude , they would stick to their routing


Kwihala Tented Camp in Ruaha is very good , I would say luxurious when you compare it with other camps in Ruaha , I did not like their Bucket Shower idea but bathroom was very comfortable, The Tents has no view , They have Electricity and charging facility in tent, No wifi but use to get some phone signals in some areas of lodge and on drive , we could hear Lion roar from far distance as its on hill and animals do not come close to tent or lodge

If I go back to Ruaha I would stay at Mdonya old river camp as it offers more real safari experience then this camp at some cost of luxury !!!!

Room Tip: Tent 4 or 6
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank ram_india
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

This was one of four camps I stayed at. Far and away the best game viewing, we got bored seeing so many lions, but did see two leopards and a serval, which was a highlight. Although nothing is fancy the tents are clean and spacious and unlike some other tented camps the bathroom facilities are inside the tent, a big bonus. Drinks every night are around a campfire Nd dinner is outside too, very good food and lots of it. The manager wasn't there but Pietro, the head guide, ran the camp just fine and showed us more animals than I could have expected.
One unexpected bonus for those of you who can't stay disconnected--because the park ranger station is not far away there is a tall cell mast (which you don't notice) close enough that your cell phone will work just fine here.

Room Tip: I think they are all the same. In any event they were all just fine.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank AuntieMush
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