Ikuka Safari Camp

Ikuka Safari Camp

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#1 of 7 campsites in Ruaha National Park
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A small, luxury tented camp, opened in July 2016. Offering game drives, walking safaris & community visits.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Free airport transportation
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Private check-in / check-out
Public wifi
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Airport transportation
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Umbrella
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Charming
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Swahili

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Ruaha National Park, Ruaha National Park Tanzania
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browners1 wrote a review Jul 2023
70 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Tanzania for our 1st ever safari & spent 3 nights at Ikuka - easily the best 3 nights of our honeymoon.

The venue is stunning, rooms are glamping to the absolute max, huge bed, beautiful panoramic views off a high vantage point, privacy whilst also being open.

Tommo & his team cater to your every need, happy, chatty staff … hot water bottles in your bed; greeting you on your return from safaris with a team of waving staff, which my other half loved every time! Water bottles filled with ice to keep you cool in the day.

Food is divine & there’s plenty of it! … Maybe they’re trying to fatten us all up for the lions?!
The bar is fully stocked with all the spirits you could ask for & they certainly know how to make a proper cocktail!

We haven’t even got to the safari yet!! Our guide was incredibly knowledgable, we learned a lot from him. We were lucky enough to see almost everything we could have hoped, including a cheetah! Unfortunately the wild dogs evaded us, however we hear they were seen the day after we left - typical!! Haha!! … At least it’s a pretty good excuse to go back!!

My new wife & I both agree, this was by far the best holiday experience we have ever had! And something we will most definitely never forget.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 17 Jul 2023
Thank you so much for your wonderful for review and for taking the time to share your experience on here with others. We are very happy to read that we were the best 3 nights of your honeymoon! Please come back soon for the wild dogs! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.
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Cazzie M wrote a review Nov 2022
London, United Kingdom23 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to start……. First of all a massive thank you to Tom and Chevy, our wonderful hosts and our superb guide Mashaka. We love you and miss you all!

I was celebrating my 60th birthday and wow what a surprise on our final evening, a special dinner under the stars and a vocal performance from the staff that I will remember all of my life.

Absolutely no detail is missing from this lodge - we have travelled extensively throughout the world and I can say that no where can better this place. It deserves every superlative I can use. From the moment you are awakened with coffee and cookies at 5.30am to the moment you go to sleep with a hot water bottle, tummy full of great food.

The game viewing is superb - we saw 3 leopard in the first 24 hours. We saw absolutely everything and had an amazing time on every single drive.

The staff are all superb a great credit to you and we loved chatting to everyone them.

We had a life changing experience - thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Caroline &. Alan xx
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 08 Nov 2022
Thank you so much for your incredibly generous review and for sharing your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! We really enjoyed having you both to stay with us and showing you around Ruaha and finding all the amazing animals and celebrating your birthday! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka Family.
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Malcolm R wrote a review Jan 2023
Huddersfield, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Couldn’t fault Ikuka Safari Camp at all during the 3 days we visited in December. We were made to feel completely at home by our hosts Chevy and Tom , as well as all the amazing staff .
Besides fantastic views looking over the Tanzanian Savannah, the Camp was furnished to a high standard, both in the communal areas and our lovely tent which was incredibly spacious and very comfortable.
The food was exceptional and our thanks go to the chefs who accommodated my wife’s vegan diet with a choice of varied dishes .
My wife was unable to go on the safari drives unfortunately , due to medical issues and she was looked after superbly by the staff while I experienced the safari drives including breakfast in the bush .
No lions , leopards or wild dogs seen , but still a wide range of other animals and birds spotted.
A spectacular thunder and lightning storm took place on our final evening as the area experienced its first rains of the wet season . Being out in the bush as the storm started was certainly an experience which will last for a long time . Thank you again!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 29 Jan 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review and share your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! We are really glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and the fantastic storm! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.
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sking81 wrote a review Sept 2022
Cadillac, Michigan285 contributions106 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The amazing staff experience began when we arrived on the airstrip when we were transferred to the camp. We were met at the camp by the managers, Tommy and Chevy, who provided us with a tour and orientation. The accommodations were spectacular and all rooms have incredible views! We had room 6. Ask for it if you can. It had a private plunge pool and you cooled yourself while looking over and unbelievable vista of the mountains in the distance. We had one challenge that we brought to the attention of Tommy and Chevy who solved it seamlessly and continued our five star experience. We enjoyed the meals and especially the dinners which were with the other visitors to debrief after the game drives. We participated in a walking safari with Mustafa and saw Elephants, Kudu, Impala and amazing bird life and ended with a delicious bush breakfast. A major shout out to Tommy, Chevy, Mustafa, Geoffrey, and Safe for making our journey to this camp so memorable.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 13 Sept 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review and for sharing your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! Walking safaris are so special and great you got to see Elephants amongst other incredible wildlife! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.
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Birgit C wrote a review Nov 2022
Chantilly, Virginia16 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second trip to Tanzania and a second stay at Ikuka. One time there is simply not enough as we couldn’t stop dreaming about this beautiful place! And once again it surpassed all expectations! The location and the view are the first thing that grab you and the welcome by an amazing staff. It felt like coming home. Ruaha offers a wonderful diverse landscape and an abundance of animals that definitely equals the Serengeti but it so much more quiet and without the large and hard to avoid crowds. Ikuka is its crown jewel! Large rooms, wonderful showers, a separate sitting area and endless views. The game drives were fantastic, so many exciting sightings of lions and leopards, elephants, giraffe and many more species but also time to truly just relax, be patient and observe animal behaviors and interactions. Guides at this camp are outstanding and each one of them has something special to offer. So dropping names is unnecessary as all the people working here are truly exceptional! The communal dinners (top notch food) gave us a welcomed chance to meet interesting people from different countries and the staff graciously shared stories about their lives with us.
The takeaway from Ikuka is so much more than just a stop at a great safari camp and we will return especially since there is a little white lion waiting for us…..
Asante sana, you enriched our lives more than you know
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 24 Nov 2022
Thank you very much for your review and for sharing your experience on here with others and for returning to stay with us - it really means so much to us all and we are truly grateful! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay again and appreciate all the nature and beauty that Ruaha has to offer as well! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from your Ikuka Family.
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Stina S wrote a review Oct 2021
Helsinki, Finland77 contributions39 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
You might be reading the reviews to decide if you want to book a safari at Ikuka. Trust me, you do. If you have the chance, book it now. Future you will be thankful.

I had the privilege to spend 4 days at Ikuka and this was the best experience of my life. The place is heaven. Everyone at the camp is so friendly and make you feel welcome. The atmosphere is relaxed and you’ll be a part of a wonderful family. The place itself is so beautiful and the attention to every little detail really shows. The food is amazing and your preferences are taken into consideration beyond belief.

And the game drives.. wow. I was so lucky to be out in the bush with Geoffrey who is such a lovely person and has so much knowledge to share. The sightings we had were unbelievable (for example 6 leopard sightings!!) and I’m still not sure if I dreamt it all. Mark helped me with my camera settings and I got great tips from Tom & Geoffrey which means I have wonderful pics to look back on, even if I’m basically a photography noob.

I could go on forever, Ikuka was unreal and I never wanted to leave. I’ll definitely come back! This was my first safari and first time in Africa, and I believe nothing will ever come close. Perfection.

I wish you all the best & hope I see you all again. Asante sana for giving me the best experience of my life, Ikuka family.

Ps. Try a night at the Rock House! You’ll feel amazing falling asleep under the stars and possibly wake up to elephants walking by.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 15 Oct 2021
Wow what can we say, we are extremely privileged to receive this wonderful review from you, thank you so much, we truly appreciate it and it means a lot to us all that we gave you the best experience of your life! We look forward to staying in touch. Warm wishes from your Ikuka Family.
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Steve W wrote a review Feb 2024
Knoxville, Tennessee63 contributions17 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have traveled to many places, far & wide, but the level of excellence at Ikuka, has to seen, to be believed!
From the moment we got picked up at the local airstrip, until the time we left, the service from the manager Tommy, his barman Seif, our driver Idris, and everyone else involved, in making this a luxurious place to visit, it just couldn’t have been
any better!
Ok, let’s start with the camp itself. It was spacious, with a beautiful dining area, looking out on a view, that you couldn’t beat anywhere else!
For relaxation, there is a lounge with beautiful leather couches, and numerous books on the resort & the wildlife, to read!
The rooms themselves were truly beautiful, with an 8 foot wide bed, with nets all around for when you sleep. There is also a seating area for you to sit and read!
Above all though, from your bedroom, is the gorgeous view, looking down from 0ver the bush. You can relax on the deck, with your favorite cocktail, looking out forever, it is breathtaking!
If you’re a stargazer, your room has a telescope to amuse yourself with!
Finally, our guide Idris, was such a nice person to be around, from driving us to look for game, to serving us with a delicious breakfast and sundowners. Also, his knowledge for the animals was very, very impressive!
All in all, don’t spend hours searching for a safari camp, take my advise, and book this place as soon as you can!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 05 Feb 2024
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for taking the time to share your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! Thank you for choosing us as your base for exploring the beautiful Ruaha National Park, our team thoroughly enjoyed hosting and guiding you! Best wishes from the Ikuka family.
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DJS5122 wrote a review Aug 2022
New York3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed for 4 nights on our honeymoon and had an amazing experience. Mountain top location is gorgeous, rooms are luxurious, and service is exceptional. Mark (the owner) adds a personal touch via (opt in) communal dinners. Highly recommend the walking safari with Mark.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 20 Aug 2022
Thank you so much for your kind review and for sharing your experience on here with others! We truly enjoyed hosting you both on your honeymoon. We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from your Ikuka family
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Pat P wrote a review Sept 2022
Cambridge, United Kingdom11 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Words alone could never impart the pleasure of staying with the Ikuka Family. From the moment Tommy met us, gave us a tour and we sat down to a three course lunch of the most delicious health inspired food, to the sad day when we waved good bye….but still with the prospect of more game viewing on our way to the airstrip, our time at Ikuka could not have been more perfect. Every day Festo treated us to the best game viewing imaginable, followed by experiences with animals that have left us spellbound. He would share exceptional knowledge with us, from pointing out animal tracks to explaining their life cycle, behaviour, habitat and identifying family members. Bird and plant life were equally identified and described, making every day full of momentous observation. Waking to hot drinks and hand made shortbread delivered to our room, along with flasks to take a hot drink on our drive, being met with hot water bottle, hand muffs and rugs for the cooler morning air, to arriving back with flannels and drinks as we left our truck….having had a breakfast to die for in the bush, served on a table with table cloth and marching napkins, muesli, fruit juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, bacon, sausage, egg, tea, coffee and more besides……the attention to detail was phenomenal. Festo even brought out food for us that we had only mentioned in passing. He was beyond amazing. Truly, nothing could have been improved upon. Thank you all for making our stay in Ruaha the very best experience we could have ever hoped for…....you are in our hearts forever.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 24 Oct 2022
Thank you very much for this glowing review and for sharing your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! We are so pleased you appreciated all that we and Ruaha had to offer and we look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from your Ikuka Family.
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Becky B wrote a review Sept 2022
30 contributions4 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous location providing views to die for. The accommodation was luxurious which was clearly designed to higher standards, thinking of every fine detail. Wonderful staff who couldn’t do enough for us. Friendly, helpful and charming throughout our 4 night stay. The food was exceptional and five star quality. Our safari guide Habibu was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. A pleasure to be around and so interesting to talk to. We had the added benefit of a walking safari with one of the co-owners Mark and the rare bonus of coming across a lioness. Highly recommended all round.

- The Brown family.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp
Responded 05 Sept 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review and for sharing your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! An incredible experience, to see a lioness on foot! We really enjoyed getting to know you and your family and to hosting you all at Ikuka. We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from your Ikuka Family.
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