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“Beautiful but out of the way with rude management”
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Kikoti Safari Camp
Reviewed April 20, 2008

I wish I could recommend Kikoti Tent Camp but I saw the South African managers being rude to Tanzanian tour guides and wouldn't allow them to dine with their clients unless the clients paid extra for them. This is not the case at any other camp as guides are welcomed to dinner with the clients so they can discuss the next days plans. The managers wouldn't take our guides word that we wanted him with us and came over to us to ensure whether or not we wanted him there. They also did not treat their employees with respect and while they try to hide this, it actually shows.

Yes Kikoti camp was beautiful and clean but also rather out of the way and the food was nothing to write home about especially after many of the other tent camps we visited in the area.

  • Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed September 16, 2007

We stayed here for 2 nights while on safari. It was amazing. Incredibly beautiful and Ritz type service. We did the guided nature walk and that was probably the highlight of our safari. I highly recommend staying at this wonderfully run place!!!

Stayed: September 2007
2  Thank phunky_pd
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Reviewed August 14, 2007

Our family party of seven, spanning three generations ranging in age from 9 to 75, spent two nights at Kikoti Camp in August 2007. We are a well traveled group, including two diplomats, one of whom served in Tanzania in the mid 1960's. Most of us felt it was the best place we stayed during our two week trip to Tarangire, Ngorogoro, the Serengeti and Zanzibar. Other lodgings included the Ngorongoro Farm House, the Serengeti Serena, Lobo Lodge and Migration Camp. They are, or will be, reviewed separately. Migration Camp was slightly more luxurious in a fine European hotel sense, but most of us prefered Kikoti Camp for its perfect blend of rusticity and luxury in a very remote but incomparably romantic setting. I myself, one of the two diplomats in the group, thought it was the best place I have ever stayed anywhere. The camp, which is situated on a hill in a remote area just outside the east end of the park about half way down, centers around an open-aired common area that includes a very companionable bar with comfortable lounging sofas and chairs and a restaurant featuring excellent buffet breakfast and dinner dining. The ambience is rustic luxury in an incomparably romantic setting. The 20 individual "tents" are actually wooden structures with canvass walls and roofs, although the canvass consists mostly of netting on three sides, ensuring good ventiliation and adding to the rustic feel of being "out there." Each tent has a comfortable sitting area both within the room and on the porch, with great views out over the park. The comfortable beds contain mosquito netting although during our dry season visit there seemed to be none of the little critters around. What there is is big and medium sized game which not uncommonly wander through the camp at night. For this reason, after dark there are plenty of staff patrolling the camp grounds to escort residents to and from their tents. Their preferred weapons are the bow and arrow. The female English expat owner and her New Zealand born manager were both friendly and knowledgeable and the local staff was extremely helpful. Individual tipping is not permitted. Everything goes into a tip box you contribute to at the end of your visit. There is also a special charging room for your electrical equipment. High on the list of extras is an option of a guided 45-minute late afternoon walk to what must surely be one of the grandest panoramic views in all of Africa that is capped by a drink of your choice. Tarangire itself was a real revelation, known for and teeming with elephants and other big game--we also saw lions, zebra, wildebeest, a variety of antelope and gazelles, baboons, giraffe, ostriches and fish eagles--but still relatively low on tourist traffic. It also, believe it or not, features what must be the best toilet facilities in the Third World, better, in fact, than anything you are likely to find in Europe or the U.S. or anywhere, for that matter, outside of your own home. But in many ways the high point was Kikoti Camp. It was not just a real highlight of our trip but, as a number of us commented, one of those special, almost magical, places that is certain to be remembered for a lifetime.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank jmgradon
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Reviewed December 19, 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2015, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 12, 2015
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  • Stayed: October 2015, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2015
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2014
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kikoti Safari Camp

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range: $170 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kikoti Safari Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Kikoti Tented Camp Hotel Tarangire National Park

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