Kichaka Safari Camp

Kichaka Safari Camp

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Ruaha National Park Tanzania
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Iringa Nduli Airport
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chsEastSussex wrote a review Jul 2022
east sussex
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fabulous time from the moment we were met at the airstrip to the moment we arrived back there after 3 nights with Moli and his welcoming team.
Every time we arrived back at camp we were greeted with refreshing drinks, cold towels and big smiles. They all really went out of their way at all times to make you feel special.

From the bush bbq with the strongest G&T’s we have ever had (thanks Morat!) on the game drive to the camp to the 3 course lunches and dinners hosted by Moli every day, the food, drink and hospitality were top quality.

I am a pescatarian and had something special prepared just for me at every meal, which was much appreciated.

The accommodation was far beyond our expectations. We were expecting a tent, but the camp now has 3 “villas” comprising a central area with huge bed, desk, storage space and large balcony. Then on one side was a plunge pool and raised viewing area where you could watch animals in the park and on the other a bathroom on a raised platform, protected from the elements, but outside. Sitting on a toilet looking out in Ruaha national park is one of the more surreal, but delightful experiences we had whilst staying.

Lastly, but most importantly, the walking safaris with Moli each day were unforgettable experiences. There is something very different being close to wild animals on foot, being able to touch the trees and walk the paths they’ve made, hearing and smelling everything with no vehicle between you and nature.

Highlights over the 3 hikes we did whilst there were walking with 30+ elephants just before dusk as they wandered through the bush, being encircled and watched by 3 different groups of very inquisitive but slightly nervous giraffes, getting very close to a pod of 20+ hippos in a water pool during the heat of the day and at the end of on hike getting within 10m of a sleeping, but quickly grumpy old male Buffalo. For a moment it looked like he might charge, but Moli saw him off in his inimitable style.

In between animal sightings we were given great insights into the flora and fauna in the park…..who knew poo could be so interesting and informative!

Ruaha is a great park in which to spend some time on safari and if you come here and you are fit enough to hike for 4+ hours in the sun, then this is the perfect place to experience something different to the more traditional game drive lodges (But do those as well, as the park is huge and worth really exploring).
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jim R wrote a review Sept 2023
Mt Pleasant
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The new suites at Kichaka are pure genius. They are unique and beautiful but also supremely comfortable and functional. The private plunge pool was particularly welcome after a very hot walking safari. But really all aspects of the rooms are carefully considered and perfectly executed down to the smallest details.
The food and service at Kichaka are also first rate. We never wanted for anything during our stay. However, as wonderful as the creature comforts are at Kichaka, two other aspects amp up the excellence even more: the quality of the guides and hospitality.
Our walking safari each morning was led the owner, 'Moli' Molinaro and I strongly believe he may be the best guide in all of Africa. He takes safety very seriously and I had full confidence in him. His knowledge of the flora and fauna is encyclopedic and his ability to convey his knowledge is even more impressive. He held our rapt attention throughout our rambles and there's no doubt that we learned a lot. His curiosity and passion are really contagious. We surprised a bull elephant one morning and ended up being quite close. It was very memorable and exciting but Moli made the insects, birds, trees and everything very memorable and indeed exciting.
Our afternoon game drives were led by another fine guide, Moyo. He was also very lively, knowledgeable and passionate. It was a pleasure getting to spend time and learn from him. Both of these guides take maximum advantage of the remote Ruaha location. The wildlife in this area is abundant and diverse. For example, one day we saw very closely a heard of 15 elusive roan antelope. We seemed to have this magnificent abundance of wildlife all to ourselves. Once we left the airstrip area we never saw any other safari vehicles for our entire 3 day stay.
The hospitality at Kichaka was special. Moli and Noelle create a real family atmosphere. The evening drinks around the fire and the meals are communal. This inclusive approach isn't forced or phony but is instead very relaxed and casual and the entire staff contribute to this ambience.
We ha d fine time at Kichaka and were very sorry when it came time to leave.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hugh & Bridget wrote a review Apr 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kichaka blew us away. We saw more wildlife on our way in from the airstrip than any other safari drive we've done and were treated to an amazing lunch cooked in the bush under an ancient baobab. And that's before we'd even arrived - whereupon things got even better! The walking safaris with Moli were richly rewarding exactly as expected, we learnt a huge amount (even having done quite a few safaris before), and our afternoon drives with Moyo were fabulous. The Ruaha is an exceptionally beautiful area and we had it entirely to ourselves. Just astonishing. The new accommodation has to be seen to be believed and has been created in a low-impact, sustainable way - so it's luxury you don't need to feel guilty about. And we enjoyed imaginative and healthy food served in a very convivial environment.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Olivier F wrote a review Nov 2021
Lausanne, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are just back from 2 weeks in Tanzania and our 3 days and nights with Kichaka expedition was the highlight.
Walkings in the wild, sleeping in fly luxury camp... waaaoowww
But then you discern the new lodge they just finished with each room that have it owns plug pool (like a dream after a walk).
The food was just amazing too, all the staff welcomed us as their family.
Thank you Thank you Thank you Noelle, Molly, Luca, Moyo and all the wonderful Kichaka family.
We dream to be back already
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Do the fly camping at least 1 night
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Janey wrote a review Oct 2023
United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the best walking safari experience possible. The base camp is beautifully planned, with really good shower, bath, plunge pool etc. All extremely comfortable. We went on to the fly camp, which was more basic but it was just what we were hoping for - deep in the bush and surrounded by wildlife. The food is amazingly good, I can't think how they manage it in such a remote location - pizza night was particularly memorable, with Mike and Tyson the amazing chefs conjuring up a succession of really delicious pizzas. Julian is an excellent manager, everything ran like clockwork. Lucas has the best smile imaginable, among strong competition - all the staff were friendly and helpful. Moli is by far the best guide we have ever encountered, with a huge depth of knowledge and excellent way of sharing it. We walked every day into the bush for 5 hours, and during this time he told us a huge amount about the animals and birds we saw. As well as showing us how to read tracks etc, he led us to watch all manner of game. We had complete trust in him, he understood the body language of the animals so well. Hugely recommended, it was a privilege to be there and learn so much from Moli. He also tells very funny stories back in the camp!
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: To get the most out of the experience, you need to be quite fit.
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GJR12 wrote a review Feb 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My parents, my partner and I stayed at Kichaka in the beginning of Jan. It was simply spectacular. The rooms are just magical, beautiful finishings, fabulous bath with a view, and a private plunge pool to enjoy after a long day of game drives.
Moli & Noelle are the perfect hosts, so informative about the bush that surrounds them, passionate about Ruaha and offering their guests a truly once in a lifetime experience. Meeting little Huxley their baby son was an added bonus too.
All the staff were superb, friendly and obviously excited to be back at work after a couple of quiet years due to Covid.
The food was fantastic, happy to cater to any dietary requirement. Using fresh local ingredients from the closest main town Iringa.
The camp is still under construction, not that you notice really. I just hope I can come back when the star bar is finished, as it sounds incredible. Thank you so much to the whole Kichaka team! X
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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naja wrote a review Oct 2023
Copenhagen, Denmark
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family of 6 and I have spent the most wonderful 4 nights at Kichaka Expedition ( Safari Camp )in Ruaha National Park. The camp is completely remote, and you are free from encountering other vehicles or safari guests when on game drives or walking safaris. The level of service and the atmosphere are top-notch, and there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment when not out in the terrain.

Something truly unique is the professional walking safari, where you walk through the bush in the early morning and get the chance to get up close to the animals. We were fortunate enough to see elephants, a large herd of buffalo, and a male lion at close range. At no point do you feel unsafe, as you are safely guided by Moli Molinaro, who has over 20 years of experience in walking safaris.

Our children, ranging from 15 to 23 years old, also had a great experience, and I highly recommend Kichaka Expedition to anyone looking to have a safari experience beyond the ordinary.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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clairefreeland wrote a review Feb 2020
london
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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rabbit007 wrote a review Nov 2022
Temse, Belgium
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Because of all the magnificent reviews we arrived with high expectations. And yes, the villas are very luxurious but lack the bush feeling in my opinion. Moli is a very good entertainer and is very “present”. Food was ok but we had by far the dirtiest wine glasses seen in years. We were really looking forward to the walk but obviously had the wrong expectations. The walk was very much about approaching big game on foot and less focussing on smaller animals, plants, tracks etc.
In my opinion this is a fantastic place for those looking for a luxurious lodge with entertainment but not so much for those looking for bush/wildlife experience
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Date of stay: September 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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ThorAngelo wrote a review Sept 2018
Denmark / Copenhagen
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to try the best real wild life Safari of untamed, untouched Safari – you MUST hurry to Ruaha National Park – and the best place is with Moli, Noelle and Jacques at Kichaka. This is one of the only places left, where you can walk or drive for 5 hours and not meet other cars or people or human made constructions. Simply you and the nature. I have tried Safari in Kruger National Park – and compared to Ruaha – it makes Kruger feel like a Zoo.

Let me try to explain in 3 overall “chapters”: The team, The Camps and the wildlife….

The Team.
Noelle is the best hostess – she makes you feel so welcome and is always around when you are in camp: joins you for breakfast, dinner and is super helpful. You cannot be in a bad mood with her around. When you return from safari – she greets you with the staff every time – ready to help you in the best way. She and her team deliver a very very high level of service at the camps.
Moli and Jacques are the most experienced people if have ever met. They know EVERYTHING about the wild life: plants, birds, insects, and of cause the big animals: elephants, lions, all kinds of gazelle, zebra, etc. But also about Africa history. There is a story to everything you meet on your way: Baobab tree, lizards, giraffes, the river, the eagle in the sky, the bush, the country, etc etc.
I simply LOVE to listen to them speak as we walk the bush or drive around or at dinner table… They have both been doing this for +20 years and it shows…Their love for wild life shine. Makes me think what I do with my life being behind the desk at the office 

The Camps
I was told that we would sleep in tents… But what I met at Main Camp was amazing. Yes – it was tents – but huge and with super luxury inside: big double beds, many furnitures, bath-robes, hot showers, and with relaxing chairs outside to sit and watch and listen to wild life as the sun was setting or rising.
Main camp is on a hill with an amazing view – all the way to the main river where you would see elephants crossing. From main camp you would also see giraffes, impala and other animals walking by from a distance. Once you get used to being close to nature – you should move to Fly Camp.
After 3 nights in Main camp we moved to Fly Camp for 2 nights. This was very different. Still nice tents – but smaller – since now you are IN the wild life. You have beds – but no furniture. No more watching from a distance. Fly camp is inside the bush on the river side. You would have elephants going THROUGH the camp day and night. And lions at night. I had to get used to being THAT close to nature – especially at night. But it was magical. We woke up every morning at 5.30 before sunrise. We had breakfast at 6.00 on the actual river bed facing the sun that came up at 6.15 while having breakfast. Listening to the animals waking up.. I cannot explain how magical this was. Orange sky turning yellow and then boom – the sun. And then all the animals around you. We saw baby crocodiles in the river, frogs, elephants crossing river, baboons, storks, eagles, kingfishers, etc.

Safari
Ruaha is the most untouched safari land there is. We would get up every day at 5.30 – to be ready at 6.30 for our morning safari walk. We would walk for 5-6 hours every day in the morning – until lunch. And it was magical. With either Moli or Jacques. Both make those walks double up on the experience – simply with their knowledge about everything around you. They could track the animals – based on (well sorry) their dumps and footprints. And we followed them and find them. They managed to sneak up on elephants and buffalos, so we could watch them without them notice us (making sure the wind was facing us, so they would not smell us) – and we would stand there for 15-30 minutes – just watching these amazing creatures.
After lunch we would get a nap, a shower and then at 4 PM - go for another safari but in open Land Cruisers – to go further and faster: after the long morning walks – it was great also just to sit and watch as wild life passes you by. Each drive ends with us sitting on the river bed with a drink and watch the sun go down – and then back to camp for dinner.

If you want Safari: please go to Kichaka… Have 3 nights at main camp (to get used to nature from a distance) and then 2 or 3 nights at Fly camp (to be IN the nature WITH the animals). It does not get better than this – if you really want wild life and real safari  They only take 6 people max. at each camp and if you pay a little extra – you get it all for your party privately: we were only 3 people and we had it all for ourselves. But with this few seats – you have to hurry….because in 5-10 years time – Ruaha will also be too crowded like Kruger and Serengeti. To go there now.
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Date of stay: September 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Laura & Oliver wrote a tip Feb 2024
Berlin, Germany231 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very remote"
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Janey wrote a tip Oct 2023
United Kingdom79 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"To get the most out of the experience, you need to be quite fit."
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Olivier F wrote a tip Nov 2021
Lausanne, Switzerland58 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do the fly camping at least 1 night"
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LiznRichSmith wrote a tip Dec 2019
Borough Green, United Kingdom4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All 3 rooms exactly the same"
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Resort822996 wrote a tip Aug 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"tents with wild animals outside- thrilling"
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Nearby attractions include Ruaha National Park (5.1 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, Kichaka Safari Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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