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Cindy8888
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Second part of our Honeymoon, absolutely mind blowing!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 Feb 2020
With their 7 lodges, the Ikuka safari camp has all to be your exclusive base camp for your multiple safari explorations in the Ruaha National Park.

So many superlatives to express our stay for our second part of our honeymoon here, this place will be forever in our memories as our African love nest 😉

The staff deserves absolutely a 5star as they are at your services all the time, with a special thank you to Habib, our ranger and Annie, at the bar who is the most kind and smiley person we ever met.

Our expectations on the food quality were so overachieved. Not to forget they are in the middle of now-where, the chefs meals option are make every day fresh and are so delicious. Our absolute favorite was lunch as their “tapas” formula with original salad combinations and meat/fish dish is every time a savory welcome back after you spend your morning safari ride. And not forgetting the breads & cakes made by Mary - my husband was a big fan !

The resort offers two safari rides a day, but if you feel to relax at the resort certainly the breath taking views can keep you company there. The pool is located just in front of this amazing panorama.

We stayed in lodge number 6, the most far out on the property … I suppose the hotel wanted to give us as much privacy for our honeymoon. Very beautiful decorated with a huge mosquito tent inside, gives you the feeling that you're truly sleeping in the nature. One little comment: you can't use a hair dryer in the property, it was not an issue for us but maybe some of the ladies reading this review like to know about this upfront.

Again absolute recommendation for any travelers looking for an exclusive safari experience in Ruaha National Park. We hope to return one day for our wedding anniversary !
Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 27 Feb 2020
Thank you for this lovely review, we are delighted to read it and want to wish you congratulations again on your marriage to each other; thank you for choosing Ikuka to spend your honeymoon! We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay and meeting our lovely staff and also great to read that we will always be known as your African Love Nest! How wonderful. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.
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Reviewed 4 February 2020

Stayed at this unbelievable & amazing camp between 11/1/2020 & 15/1/2020.

The effort & thought that has gone in to building this amazing facility is outstanding - the result is magnificent.

Then the effort to employ the crew to run this camp has gone through the same thoughtful & caring process.

To Festo, Lily, Mustapha & Jake to name but a few, the whole crew enthused.

The experience, the game drives, the hospitality & the positivity were a joy to behold.

The group eating in the evenings were magic, fulsome & enlightening!

Festo's 4x4 adventures were astonishing - we wouldn't have seen 1/2 of what we did if it were not for his commitment & determination! We loved it, but I'm sure he wouldn't have done some of the extremes he did with more concerned clients!

We had great fun the whole visit - it was magic!

Our memories of our visit will remain with us forever.
Everything was green & growing - can't imagine high of season when everything is parched.
Easier for guides in high season to spot game - but the excellence of ours meant we saw them anyway, plus the green beauty!

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John & Jan
Wales

Date of stay: January 2020
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ikuka_safari_camp, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2020

Thank you very much for this lovely review and for sharing the beauty of the green season in Ruaha with others on here. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed everything that Ruaha, Ikuka and our staff had to offer and that your memories will remain forever. We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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Reviewed 28 January 2020

Everything about our stay was exceptional. Festo was an outstanding guide: his knowledge of birds and animals, his tracking skills, his idiomatic English, his humour. He was such a delight to spend time with and we learned so much. Lilly quietly ran all the operations behind the scenes, rising at 4.30 to make sure we got the right tea or coffee, and always greeting us from drives with warmth and hospitality. And the place itself....the views are breathtaking, the rooms are glorious with huge beds and fabulous bathrooms. The food was invariably delicious and not too heavy and the service was faultless. If I could give it 6 stars I would! I certainly intend to return. Thank you, to all of you.

Date of stay: January 2020
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ikuka_safari_camp, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2020

Thank you for this wonderful review and for sharing your experience on here with others. We are so pleased to read that you had a great time with us and enjoyed being looked after by our team and that you learned so much as well! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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Reviewed 16 January 2020 via mobile

I loved this place! So sorry it so long to write this review but life gets in the way.
It was a last minute booking and I didn't do extensive research but the agent recommended it us so I went with it. From the moment we landed at the airstrip we felt welcomed, the drive to the lodge was peaceful with the gift of seeing a cheetah lounging by a tree. Upon approach, the staff was there to welcome us with drinks. The room was beautiful, with a small pool and views to the park from the bed, which was large and comfortable. There were outlets to charge your phones but no wifi in the room which I wasn't concerned about. The outdoor shower/toilet also had views and was very private but somewhat scary at night because it was dark and you could hear the sounds of nature. Otherwise, there was hot water, flushing toilet and nice toiletries.

Food was delicious, I am a pescatarian and my partner a picky eater but we were well catered to. At breakfast there were eggs made to your choosing, and lunch had a nice variety of dishes, Dinner was well presented and gourmet in quality especially considering the location and the different needs of the guests. Drinks were plentiful and there were a good variety of wines to pair with your meal. It was my partners birthday and they brought out a cake and sang for him, so sweet and much appreciated!
Game drives were early morning and you could receive a wake up call if you wished, you could choose between a full day or half day drive. We sunrise/sunset drives with a .break in between. Habibi was so good, so knowledgeable and answered questions patiently. He was able to track lions for us after figuring out they would be on the move and we saw numerous elephants and others. He also saw birds in the distance which I had no idea how he could see while driving, he's really great!
Lastly, the best part of Ikuka is the staff, they have beautiful genuine souls, Annie, Seif, Habibi, Mark Jake, and everyone we interacted with are very special and I hope they know how much they are appreciated. Anyway, I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for some peace and adventure. I hope to go back one day.

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ikuka_safari_camp, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2020

Thank you for your wonderful review and for sharing your experience on here with others. We are really pleased to read that you enjoyed everything about Ikuka & Ruaha and thank you for appreciating our wonderful Ikuka family! All the best from Ruaha.

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Reviewed 11 January 2020

We had our second trip to Ruaha in November 2019 and our travel agent recommended Ikuka Camp .. and I’m so glad he did. What an absolute gem this camp is. The huge rooms are fabulous, spotlessly clean with wonderful views - we loved sitting in the lounge area of our “tent”, drinking coffee and watching elephants. The food is just superb, both eating in camp and the bush breakfasts. Game viewing was just so good, we were lucky enough to have Festo as our guide and we loved him. We saw so much and it was definitely a leopard holiday - several sightings where we were fortunate to have the sightings completely to ourselves. I really can’t praise Ikuka and the wonderful staff there enough, everyone works so hard to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Everything you could need is provided - from insect repellent (not needed) to bathrobes. There are charging facilities in each room. We have stayed at some truly wonderful camps over the years but Ikuka is definitely a favourite and I’d stay here again in a heartbeat. If you ever visit Ruaha then do yourself a real favour and stay at Ikuka.

Room tip: I imagine all rooms are superb
Date of stay: November 2019
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ikuka_safari_camp, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2020

Thank you for your lovely review and for sharing your experience with others on here, we truly appreciate it. We are so pleased that you enjoyed everything we and Ruaha have to offer, especially all those amazing Leopard sightings! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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Reviewed 14 December 2019

We visited Ruaha and Ikuka Safari Camp in November 2019. The seasonal rains had just started, but we were anyway lucky to see several lions and thanks to our great and very dedicated guide Festo a group of 12 wild dogs. The population throughout Africa is just 5000.
Ikuka Lodge is very beautifully located on a hill with an outstanding view over a valley. The rooms are very luxury and comfortable. Each room has a panoramic view over the landscape. The food and service are all excellent. Both the management and the staff so very friendly, thoughtful and care for your needs in such a gentle way. What we particulary noted was the good relationship between management and staff and which markedly contributes to the fine atmosphere at Ikuka Safari Lodge. Highly recommended and we hope to come back again.
Warm greetings from Ola and Gunlög from Sweden

Date of stay: November 2019
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ikuka_safari_camp, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2019

Thank you for your review and for sharing your experience on here with others. So lucky to see the Wild Dogs :)
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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