Kwihala Camp is a private, remote, mobile camp set up in 2006 and owned by Asilia. It is situated in a secluded area within the Ruaha National Park. Located far from other camps within Ruaha, Kwihala Camp offers guests the unique experience of seeing very little human activity, if any, so guests have the opportunity to be engrossed exclusively in the wild. With the camp alternating its location twice a year it guarantees an unspoiled setting, giving guests the chance to experience the amazing wildlife and tranquillity of the bush in the comfort of their luxury tents.
Kwihala prides itself on its high standard of guiding with the camp’s guides being renowned amongst safari enthusiasts for their intimate knowledge of nature and the particular wonders of Ruaha. Set deep in the bush on a hillside with spectacular views, the camp’s location is one of the best in the National Park. The guides are eager to show guests the best the park has to offer, including its spectacular untouched landscapes.
In 2008 the Usangu Game Reserve merged with Ruaha National Park becoming, at 20 200 km2, one of the largest national parks in Tanzania. Only a handful of camps are located within the gates of this park, so it has the reputation of being Tanzania’s best-kept game viewing secret. The centre of the park is famed for its rich sightings of wildlife and rare sightings of other safari vehicles - giving visitors a sense of a more untameable, untouched and unconstrained Africa.
The Great Ruaha River, from which the park gets its name, is by far its most dominant geographical feature. With the hot, dry climate that Ruaha endures, the animals don’t tend to stray too far from dependable water sources. This makes game viewing more predictable, particularly in the dry season. The best game viewing is between May and November, while the bush is especially lush and pretty between January and June.
Kwihala Camp, located in the northern section of Ruaha, near the Mwagusi sand river, it is set deep in the bush on a hillside with magnificent views and is one of the best camps in this park.
The intimate Kwihala Camp comprises only 6 luxurious, sand-coloured canvas tents. The camp is very stylish and offers a high level of luxury and comfort without losing the sense that you are in the wilderness. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom and its own shaded veranda, complete with safari chairs for game viewing in the privacy of your own suite, or simply to enjoy the tranquillity of the bush.
The main lounge and dining area is a beautiful open-sided tent which faces the bush and its stylish furniture and intricate materials lend it an elegant and romantic feel.
Children over the age of 6 are welcome.
The food and service at Kwihala are excellent. Beginning your day with a delicious breakfast, you can either choose to be served in the mess tent or to experience something completely different: a “bonnet breakfast” on your morning game drive, prepared on the bonnet of your safari vehicle and served in the heat and peacefulness of the African bush. Evening meals are served under the beautiful African night sky or in the main mess tent. Guests can enjoy the beauty of the stars and a nice cold beverage while waiting for dinner to be served.
Activities at Kwihala are primarily centred on vehicle and walking safaris. Guided by the camp’s expert and knowledgeable guides, guests will have the opportunity to witness some of the best game viewing in the area. With the unique location of the Ruaha intersecting so many diverse habitats, notable unusual sightings include wild dog, sable antelope, roan antelope, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and lesser kudus. The guided walking safaris will take guests closer to the wild than ever imagined, learning about the indigenous flora and fauna in the area as well as the thrilling concentration of predators and big game.
After a day of activities, you can enjoy a refreshing sundowner from the bar while unwinding on your suite’s veranda, or in the communal lounge area of the mess tent where you can exchange the day’s stories with fellow travellers.