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#9 of 14 Speciality lodging in Ruaha National Park
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Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport443 kmSee all flights
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clairefreeland wrote a review Feb 2020
london6 contributions6 helpful votes
You could not get more off the beaten track than Kichaka Expeditions - it really is a world away from any other safari. Our timing was not great due to the rainy season with some incredibly extreme weather and whilst this probably did impact our holiday, it just made for even more of an adventure. The camp is absolutely beautiful with wonderfully friendly staff and Moli is a superb ambassador for traditional guidemanship - a true one off, completely dedicated to the cause with knowledge and enthusiasm completely unrivalled and something I have not found in many years of safari in Africa. The area is absolutely beautiful and you really will not see another vehicle or person during the walks or game drives. Thank you Moli and all the team for a truly lovely, albeit quite challenging, few days. The whole team were simply amazing and we very much look forward to returning, perhaps in dry season next time!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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LiznRichSmith wrote a review Dec 2019
Borough Green, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
We chose Kichaka to compliment our previous self-drive overland experience in Namibia and Botswana (2016). We specifically wanted a remote un-spoilt wilderness where we would not meet many other safari vehicles and with a walking speciality. I don't think we could have chosen better. We stayed for 5 nights. The fact that it takes several hours to drive from the airstrip to Kichaka appealed to us enormously, the safari starts literally as soon as you leave the airstrip. The drive is a fabulous introduction to the beautiful Ruaha National Park and the scenery changes with each turn of the sandy track. For us a cooked lunch was provided en-route and this was a great opportunity to get to know 2 other guests who flew in with us and 2 of the staff members. There was a very warm welcome when we arrived from Moli and many members of the Kichaka family. Moli is hugely charismatic and leads many of the morning walks, sharing facts and insights into animal behaviour and evolution of life in the most engaging way we have ever experienced. If he could be coaxed out of Ruaha he would make a perfect keynote speaker! The walking experiences we had with both Moli (elephants in particular) and Jacques (lions) were unbelievably exciting and humbling and will never be forgotten. If you love and respect nature, the environment and wild animals and want to get up close and personal in an unhurried, considerate way, then the Kichacka safari experience will not disappoint. The walking was easy going, underfoot care needs to be taken due to the palm seeds and natural trip hazards, it was the heat and humidity that provides the challenge but plenty of water is carried and the walks are considerately designed around your capability and preference. The 3 guest tents are each very private and comfortable with exceptional 180+ degree views over the Ruaha River. With early wake ups you get to experience both sunrise and sunset from your tent. Don't worry waking up early is a breeze in Kichaka, you won't want to miss a minute of daylight. After your morning walk you are met by vehicle and returned to camp for a refreshing (bucket) shower (whatever temperature you prefer). Then lunch is served. Noelle ensures that the camp runs like clockwork and is a wonderful host, we loved the warm company of all of the team who generously shared experiences and great conversation with us, we especially loved the relaxed evening campfire. The home-cooked food was delicious, morning, midday and evening and eating together with Moli, Noelle, Jacques and other guests is a lovely sociable occasion. In the afternoon we opted for a vehicle safari, we found that it worked really well experiencing the different animal behaviour to vehicles vs on foot, the driver guides have a great sense of humour. Thanks in particular to Samwell who's one-liners make us smile even 2 weeks after returning home. Sunsets and sundowners all part of the experience. Fly-camp for us was a highlight, we were just sad that we had only planned 1 night. Jacques, Sam, Lucas & team ensured we were safe and were also amazing hosts. I very much hope that our paths cross again. Warm and special thanks to Moli, Noelle, Jacques, Abdul & Samwell. Worth every penny!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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nottyR6 wrote a review Oct 2019
Lagos, Portugal23 contributions11 helpful votes
Thank you Moli and Noelle. We only spent 3 nights at Kichaka before moving on to spend 4 nights at Ikuka for a Jeep safari but the walking part was the highlight for me. For all the doubters out there walking is the best. So much more detail, so much more information, a chance to learn as well as enjoy the safari park and its wildlife. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Kichaka. The staff were always attentive, always looking to help in any way that they could and Moli and Noelle gave so much of themselves every day, it was really appreciated. Love the the talk around the camp fire at the end of the day :)
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Media1994 wrote a review Sep 2019
Stamford, United Kingdom281 contributions166 helpful votes
Moli and Noelle run a wonderful operation in the Ruaha Wilderness. Their camp sits on a ridge overlooking the Ruaha River and is the base for wilderness walking safaris guided by the engaging, charismatic, knowledgeable, entertaining and inspirational Andrew 'Moli' Molinaro. His partner Noelle operates the camp with simple yet stylish tents; great food; great service; warm and friendly staff and a real sense of being a personal guest. Meals were wonderful with great conversation/entertainment. The walking safaris were wonderful - there is nothing like tracking elephant, buffalo, lion and other animals and seeing all those little details that game drives tend to miss out on. The fly camp is basic and simple on the banks of the Ruaha River but superbly located for yet more wilderness walking experiences. Kichaka is about as good as it gets if you are seeking a true wilderness experience.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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WW555 wrote a review Sep 2019
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We spent five days in August with Moli, Noelle and Jacques at this remote but luxurious camp in the Ruaha. The entire experience was superb and unforgettable. Every day began with a long walk in the Bush with either Moli or Jacques and a ranger. Their depth of knowledge about the flora and fauna of the area is amazing and the thrill of following lions, hippos and elephants on foot will never be forgotten. They are amazing guides as well as great company. The camp itself is beautiful and we were looked after incredibly well. Two nights were spent at a small bivouac camp by the Ruaha river-a great location to watch lions and elephants while drinking sundowners by the camp fire. We miss it already and are keen to return. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kichaka Safari Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Kichaka Safari Camp?
Nearby attractions include Ruaha National Park (5.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kichaka Safari Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Kichaka Safari Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Kichaka Safari Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kichaka Safari Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.