Location: Kichaka Camp is in Ruaha National Park. This is a mobile bush camp, the location varying from season to season as the camp is moved to optimise game viewing.
Rooms: There are 3 walk-in, 2-man tents. They have twin mattresses, which can be moved together to form double beds. Each has an adjoining shower area, with a safari (bucket) shower for which staff bring hot water, a short drop toilet and a basin. Each tent has a veranda with 2 chairs. The fly camp, which is available for guests staying 4 nights or more, has smaller tents and imore basic accommodation including shared ablution facilities. There are also opportunities for sleep-outs using comfy ground beds and shared bathroom facilities.
Activities: The main activity is walking. Kichaka specialises in walking safaris, which help you get close to the bush and gain an understanding of the animal and plant life at first hand. Walks usually take place in the morning and last for up to 5 or 6 hours, at a gentle pace with frequent stops. You don’t need to be especially fit but should be able to walk up to 10kms in potentially warm weather and across rugged terrain. There is a back-up vehicle on call. On walks you should wear neutral coloured clothing – greens, browns and khaki. Bright coloured clothing is not allowed. You can also go for game drives, covering greater distances than on foot, so seeing more of the park. Walks and drives are led by guides and accompanied by armed rangers. Bird watching is good here and specialist walks and drives can be arranged. You can pick up bushcraft skills from your guide, with sessions dedicated to tracking and survival skills. At night you can use the camp’s high-powered telescope to survey the night sky, its planets and stars. Kichaka offers 3, 5 and 7 day safaris.
Facilities: The mess area is the heart of the camp. It has a large dining table and plenty of chairs, sofas and beanbags for resting during the day and in the evening. There’s a camp fire here, too. The camp has solar power, so camera batteries and laptops can be charged on sunny days. There is no electricity. Light is provided by kerosene lamps and candles. It’s a good idea to take your own torch and spare batteries.
Dining: Meals are eaten communally around the large table. The bush kitchen has gas burners, a coal oven and barbecues and the chef produces delicious and varied cuisine. There is a set menu and special requirements and diets can be catered for, if advised at the time of booking.
Children: Children aged 16 and over are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no cellphone or internet access. The camp has a satellite phone for emergency use.
Notes: Kichaka has a communal tip box. Money placed here will be distributed equally amongst the staff. The suggested amount is $10-15 per day, but this is entirely at your discretion. Credit and debit cards and travellers cheques cannot be accepted at Kichaka. Payment for any extras must be made in cash.
"I never made it to Kichaka, and had been looking forward to it a lot. However, since the weekly supplies could not reach the camp either, I was pretty pleased to have been relocated to Mwagusi, which is a superb camp. The management was brilliant in adapting to suit the rapidly changing weather conditions and in making sure my own experience was as good as they could possible make it. Simon was hugely knowledgeable, and what was very impressive was the huge effort he went to, to pass this on to all the guides. There was even a little class room on site to lecture them on bush-craft and such skills "