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The tented camp of Kwihala in Ruaha National Park

Kwihala

Much of the beauty of Kwihala lies in its understated charm. With just a handful of beautiful, very spacious tents, this small camp offers a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. Great attention has been paid to every detail and there are lots of stylish little touches that add to the camp’s polished and elegant feel, while at the same time leaving no illusion that you're camping in the heart of the bush.

The central tented dining area and lounge has sides that can be opened to offer sweeping views of the surrounding bush, and is where guests congregate in the evenings to relax or share their experiences over a drink around the camp fire. Hearty meals are served either under canvas or al fresco under the stars.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

The guest tents at Kwihala are both spacious (40 square metres) and stylish. Fully furnished, they each boast comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms with safari bucket showers and flushing toilets. There's also a covered veranda area to the front of each tent on which to relax as you look out for passing wildlife, while large, mosquito-proof mesh window panels allow for lovely views of the surrounding bush.

Location

Kwihala Camp is set deep in the bush, close to the Mwagusi Sand River in the Mwagusi Valley. This is the heart of Ruaha National Park, which is famed for its rich wildlife viewing. Secluded from Ruaha’s other safari camps, you're unlikely to see many other vehicles on your game drives and can enjoy the peaceful wilderness setting of the camp in privacy.

Food and drink

Meals at Kwihala are social occasions, with guests eating communally either in the mess tent or outside in the bush. The food here is hearty safari fare and is expertly prepared by the camp's chefs.

Facilities and activities

Morning and afternoon game drives are the main focus of a stay at Kwihala. Early morning drives with a packed breakfast are a great way to watch the bush come to life as the sun rises. Alternatively, enjoy a sundowner on a late evening drive as you watch the sun drop below the horizon. Night drives and walking safaris are also available, but must be pre-booked.

Our opinion

This is a simple but luxurious camp, with beautifully decorated tents and a lot of attention to detail. Intimate in size, the emphasis is on your personal safari experience. The staff are very friendly, while the experienced guides are extremely knowledgeable about the local area and the wildlife you encounter.

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Places & hotels on the map

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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