Lodges

Kwihala Camp

A perfect cocktail of remote wildness and luxury

Kwihala Camp

This small and personal tented camp in the Ruaha National Park operates from June to March. It has all the bells and whistles available at a mobile camp. Secluded in a bushwillow thicket, just to the North of the Mwagusi Sand River, it is the perfect vantage point from which to explore the area. The camp’s location is said to be one of the best in Ruaha, being close to the water yet far enough away from other camps to create a sense of privacy. Intimate safari does not get much better than this.

At the lodge

The hotel

Kwihala Camp is set up in a sparse combretum thicket, and is surrounded by pure, unadulterated wilderness. The centrally located dining and lounge tent has a homely feel that gives you a distinct sense of belonging. The main areas are lit by the glow of the camp fire and lanterns, transporting you to the romance of a bygone era. The campfire is situated under the starry African sky - the ideal place to wet your beak and relive the day's excitement while listening to the natural symphony of the night.

The rooms

Kwihala camp has six en-suite tents evenly distributed on either side of the central tent. There is a sophisticated charm to the minimalist decor that harmonises beautifully with the wilds beyond. Each tent has a private veranda - the ultimate spot to escape the heat of the day with a cooling beverage. The tents have solar powered electricity for lighting and for recharging batteries, ensuring a minimal footprint on the delicate environment.

On safari

Experiences

This land locked camp’s experiences are based on the raw untouched bush that surrounds it. You’re spoilt for choice and quality here. Choose from day or night game drives, wonderful birding and, to top it off, some of the best and most secluded bush walks Tanzania has to offer. Nocturnal game drives reveal unusual creatures and excitement as antelope come out to feed in the cool of the night and predators take advantage of the dark to hunt.

When to go

Ruaha by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are relatively high, with peak rainfall for the year occurring.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures have cooled, but are still quite high with rainfall expected over this period.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures have cooled, but are still relatively high, with rainfall expected over this period.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time of plenty, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • Towards the end of the rainy season some of the roads might become impassable.

April

Season: Wet
  • Although still warm, the lowest temperatures are experienced in April, with rainfall dropping to just a handful of days across the month.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time of plenty, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • Migratory birds begin their journey North in April.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • Be aware, many accommodations close down during this month, more to have a break than lack of desirability.

May

Season: Dry
  • Although still warm, the lower temperatures are experienced with rainfall dropping to just a handful of days across the month.
  • The end of the green season has arrived, signalling birds to migrate, vegetation to thin and wildlife to cluster around the water sources once more.
  • Dwindling water sources cause animals to congregate along the Ruaha River, improving your chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Tourist numbers in the park rise slightly but at no point does Ruaha ever feel crowded.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures begin to heat up with low humidity and little to no rainfall expected.
  • Perfect game viewing conditions, as the dry season sets in, vegetation will begin to dry out and recede, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Dwindling water sources cause animals to congregate along the Ruaha River, improving your chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Tourist numbers in the park rise slightly but at no point does Ruaha ever feel crowded.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

July

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.

August

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high, with low humidity and little to no rain expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

October

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and humid until the arrival of the first rains, ending the dry season.
  • Vegetation bursts forth with renewed life, changing from browns and khakis to a lush green, with the arrival of the seasonal rains.
  • A drop in humidity, lack of dust and high hours of sunlight, make for great photographic conditions.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The start of the wet season can see a spike in the number of mosquitoes, so have that insect repellent at the ready.

December

Season: Wet
  • The wet season has arrived, temperatures are still high with consistent afternoon showers.
  • Vegetation bursts forth with renewed life, changing from browns and khakis to a lush green, with the arrival of the first rains.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The start of the wet season can see a spike in the number of mosquitoes, so have that insect repellent at the ready.

Wildlife


Expect a variety of wildlife in the intimate Ruaha National Park, a region characterised by mixed acacia vegetation, rolling savannah and the skeletal baobabs that dot its countryside. Look out for species such as lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and a guest favourite: the African wild dog. Not to be forgotten is the magnificent birding of Ruaha, with over 450 species colouring the landscape.

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