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Our stay at Kwihala was a magical one.

We stayed 8 nights in February 2014. Our stay at Kwihala was a magical one that was made special by both the staff and the guides who took such great care of us. We were woken up each morning with tea and coffee on a table outside, then took a walk to our open top Land Cruisers to start our morning safari, we were served a light breakfast on the bonnet after returning to our safari. These morning safaris were truly amazing and I cant stress enough the importance of booking at least one for your stay at Kwihala! "
Pilgrim (UK) | Stayed in February, 2014 at Kwihala Camp

Fantastic Camp!

We spent four nights here in early January. The camp is in an excellent location right in the National Park which did make for some interesting visits from the local wildlife. We had an elephant outside our tent within minutes of arriving. Then there was the lion that stole Sara's chair from outside her tent. The terrain and wildlife is so varied and the best thing is you very rarely see another vehicle we spent well over an hour watching two cheetahs crossing a river without another vehicle in sight. Sara was an excellent host and out guides Lorenzo and Doudi (trainee guide) were brilliant. Lorenzo although Italian certainly had an English sense of humour and his knowledge was first class. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He clearly loved his job and wanted you to enjoy the Park as much as he did. Doudi was also enthusiastic and certainly entertained us with his tales of the trials a Masai warrior has to go through to become a man. The tents were good and the food excellent. Still in awe of the chef making a soufflé with very limited facilities."
DAS999 (UK) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Kwihala Camp

A Magical and Memorable Safari!

We had the best and most memorable experience staying at Kwihala. From the moment we were collected from Ruaha airstrip by Leverd (trainee guide) and his driver colleague, our safari began. Sara was a great manager, always on hand to offer help and advice (and toothpaste!) and the guiding was awesome!! Lorenzo was everything you could wish from a guide, and more. His passion for the animals and birds was obvious and his enthusiasm was infectious, sharing with us the sights, sounds and smells of Ruaha. We shared our vehicle with a wonderful young couple from Australia and, together with Lorenzo and Leverd, we had the best photo-packed, animal spotting, fun time ever. My true highlight was seeing a female leopard in a 'sausage tree' shortly after sunrise - magical!
The accommodation was far better than I had imagined. Clean, roomy, comfortable bed, flush toilet and hot water in the evening just right for a shower before dinner. We chose to have breakfast in the bush which was perfect - all laid out on the bonnet of the land rover! Otherwise you could return to camp mid-safari. For those wondering (as I did) how one 'relieves' oneself on safari. Don't worry just ask your guide and he will find the perfect safe and secluded spot for you behind a bush or tree. Male or female, you soon overcome embarrassment and it becomes part of safari life. Even the guides have to 'go'!

We had a visit from an elephant on site one night but the staff were at hand to make sure guests were safe. We also heard a lion roaring some distance away during the night.

We loved the genuine friendly and relaxed atmosphere at Kwihala and the sharing of stories between guests, guides and management around the camp fire each night, followed by communal dinner outside under the stars. We stayed for 3 nights and wished we had stayed longer. We will never, ever, forget Kwihala. Thank you to everyone there."
2woollyjumpers (UK) | Stayed in January, 2014 at Kwihala Camp

Most enjoyable stay here. Excellent guides.

Most enjoyable stay here. Excellent guides. Appears to be the best located camp in the area as all the other camps are much further away from the river, near where many animals congregate. Couldn't believe the number of different lions we saw."
Paul (UK) | Stayed in December, 2013 at Kwihala Camp

A memorable and hugely exciting stay in a very friendly camp

We arrived at Kwihala rather jaded after a long journey, interrupted by a rather delayed flight. However, our welcome at the airstrip by assistant guide Levarde and our subsequent 3 day safari obliterated all tiredness. A really great welcome, an amazingly good and knowledgeable guide, Pietro, who had a great sense of humour and real skill at navigating the bush at exciting speeds. Having a head guide and an assistant/trainee who helps to spot game is a great advantage.We were privileged to have superb sightings of leopard every day of our stay, but perhaps more due to Pietro's skill than luck, plus very close encounters with a multitude of lion, and cheetah, elephant, zebra, kudu etc.etc. Sarah runs a very happy and friendly home base. Tents well sited for privacy, and well appointed without being ritzy - you really feel that you are "on the land". We must go back."
William (UK) | Stayed in November, 2013 at Kwihala Camp

Desperate to go back!

I still can't get over what an amazing time we had during our stay here. For those looking for the 'typical' African setting, I would say that Ruaha National Park would be the place for you and this camp cannot be missed. Sarah, the manager, was so incredibly welcoming, setting the standard for the staff and we were not disappointed - Lorenzo and Saidi made an awesome team, spotting cheetah for us with ease (how they see it from hundreds of metres away still blows my mind) and ticking off every single animal on our list. I really miss getting up (the only time 5:15am has been a welcome time!) to get going on our daily adventure, although the tents were a little bit difficult to leave!

What fantastic accommodation - huge bed in a spacious tent, separate en suite with flushing toilet and bucket shower, as well as electric lights and a socket to charge cameras etc. Whilst it did get very hot in the day (noticeable when you returned for lunch and had a couple of hours in the afternoon to relax - maybe a fan could be provided?), it cooled down in the evening and we slept very well.
Now, the food - I still can't get over the standard of the food....cheese souffle in the bush?! Banoffee pie?! Julius, our chef, really outdid himself. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about it... Well except maybe I enjoyed the food a bit too much (my clothes are not being particularly forgiving). Overall, I am absolutely in love with this camp. I really hope we get the opportunity to return in the future, and I urge anybody who has not been to put this on their list."
Elle (UK) | Stayed in October, 2013 at Kwihala Camp

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