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.
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.
"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!"