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Kwihala Camp

Selous & the South

Rating: Deluxe    

Kwihala Camp overview

Kwihala Camp consists of just 6 tents situated in a game rich area of northern Ruaha near Mwagusi Sand River. The emphasis is firmly on the wildlife and environment, with game drives, walking safaris and night drives all offered for a comprehensive safari experience.

The canvas tents are spacious and furnished with proper beds, bedside tables, dressing table, hanging space, rugs and curtains. There are electric lights and facilities for charging batteries and cameras. The ensuite bathroom has a bucket shower and flush toilet. Each tent has a private, shaded veranda, complete with traditional safari chairs.

The mess tent has separate dining and relaxing areas and has been tastefully furnished. There is ample room for guests to sit and chat over the day's events, while enjoying a cool drink from the bar. Evening meals are usually taken out in the open under the stars by the camp fire, weather permitting.

Kwihala has specially adapted open sided 4x4 vehicles, with raised seating for excellent game viewing. The drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon. The area around Kwihala is abundant in game, with lion, leopard, hyena, elephant, buffalo and zebra commonly seen. This is also a great region for bird watching, with some 220 species of birds. Kwihala also offers walking safaris and night drives depending on season. These are offered subject to weather conditions and to the availability of the armed rangers.

READ AMANDA'S BLOG: Tribes' director Amanda Marks stayed at Kwihala camp in June 2018. You can read her blog about this for a personal view of the camp experience.


Open: Kwihala Camp is open from 1st June to 14th March.

Location: Kwihala Camp is in the north of Ruaha National Park ona hillside overlooking the Mwagusi sandriver. It is about a 45-minute drive from Msembe airstrip.

Rooms: There are 6 tents. They are spacious (40 sq metres) and are furnished with comfortable beds, bedside tables, dressing tables, hanging space, rugs and curtains. All have en-suite bathrooms with bucket showers, with hot water on request, and flush toilets. A range of toiletries is supplied. Each tent has a covered veranda. Tents have solar-generated electricity and a plug socket to charge batteries and cameras.

Activities: The camp offers morning and late afternoon game drives. Walking safaris and night game drives can be arranged. These should be booked in advance to secure the services of an armed ranger.

Facilities: The central mess tent is a striking contemporary design. Breakfast and lunch are served here and dinner is usually eaten in the open air by the camp fire. There is a separate sitting area with a collection of reading materials and a well-stocked bar. The camp has solar power which supplements lanterns to provide lighting at night.

Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.

Children: Children of 6 years and older are welcome. The camp is unfenced and children must be kept under supervision at all times.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in a small tent near the central area.

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Amanda Marks - Tribes

"This gorgeous, high quality bush camp on the Mwagusi River is ideal if you’re looking to get back to nature and be in the thick of the bush, yet still be looked after with personal care and professionalism, and eat meals which wouldn’t look out of place in a good restaurant. The guiding and open vehicles are also good, and the area is just amazing for wildlife. Just don’t expect to be next to water, though, as the Mwagusi is a sand river for most of the year!"

Tracy Edwards
"A small, intimate camp located deep in the heart of the park. This is true bush camping at its best with campfire stories and dinner under the stars! Being a bushcamp means you will have bucket showers and no mod-cons, but these aren’t needed this classic safari experience."
Mr. Richard von Zerneck
"Great atmosphere with exceptional guiding. Each meal was special, usually served under the stars near a fire. Food was very good, tent were large, clean, and very comfortable. All staff were great. A truly wonderful camp for those who want to be less than pretentious."
Charlotte (18/09/2019)
"At Kwihala, we were greeted by the entire staff singing and playing to greet us, and to be handed wet flannels, not just then but every time we returned to camp, something that made the camp feel special from the word 'go'. We took full advantage of the drives, leaving camp at 6am most days with our excellent guides Charles and Tersam, the staff having brought us tea and biscuits at 5am. The tent, overlooking the sand river, where we were entertained by a large number of baboons trooping back and forth for water, was very comfortable, with bucket showers, the guides never failing to ensure that these would be filled at the right moment for our return. The food was superb and we enjoyed the sundowners (both in camp and elsewhere) and meals served beside a fire, to all residents and managers together, on the sand riverbed - a lovely way to meet other residents. On our last evening, when we were the only residents in camp and returned late from a night safari, a fire had been lit outside our tent, and dinner laid for us at a table beside - talk about personal attention..."

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