Kichaka Zumbua Camp

Ruaha National Park Tanzania

  • Remote setting in Ruaha National Park
  • Learn about the bush on guided walks
  • See Ruaha's elephant herds
  • Explore nocturnal animals on night drives
  • Enjoy tasty food cooked over the fire
  • Fall asleep to the sounds of wildlife

Open: Kichaka Zumbua Camp is open all year. The best months for walking are generally from April to November, though walks can be undertaken all year round. Wildlife viewing is good all year.

Location: Kichaka Zumbua Camp is in Ruaha National Park. This is a permanent camp, situated on top of a ridge in the eastern corner of Ruaha.

Rooms: There are 3 luxurious tents topped with thatch and built on a raised base.  Each tent has an adjoining bathroom  complete with flush loo, bathtub and outdoor shower. On the opposite side of the tent is your personal plunge pool.

Activities: The main activities are walking and game drives, game drives taking place both during the day and after dark.  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. At night you can use the camp's high-powered telescope to survey the night sky, its planets and stars.

Facilities: The main area is in total contrast to the privacy and seclusion of your room, it has a sociable feel.  There's a relaxed lounge with comfy sofas and also an information centre where you can pick up a reference book or sit admiring the views. The dining room is where all the delicious meals are consumed and in the centre of it all is the Star Bar where you are sure to find a tipple to enjoy as you chat by the fire and take in the amazing African night sky.

Children: Children aged 12 and over are welcome. Walking not permitted for those under 16.

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.

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