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Grace C

Dont walk, RUN to Ikuka - you won't regret it <3

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 Sept 2023
Wow - what a way to start our honeymoon! We couldn&#39;t fault a single thing Ikuka had to offer. Aside from the breathtaking location and views, sundowner sunsets and extremely knowledgeable tour guide (Habibu &lt;3), the hotel and the whole team was outstanding and the food (really) blew us away.
We don&#39;t normally vow to go back to places for a second time as we want to explore as many places as possible, but for Ikuka we would go back in a heartbeat.
THANK YOU!!
Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this review
Responded 02 Oct 2023
Thank you so much for your lovely review and for taking the time to share your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it. Thank you for choosing us as one of your honeymoon locations, we really enjoyed hosting you both and showing you the magic of Ruaha! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.
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    Reviewed 25 September 2023

    I don't normally write reviews on here but felt after my experience in September at this beautiful little camp it warranted a double thumbs up. Everything is so well thought out. The staff take on board every wish and concern. Truly personal service and every guest is given a unique experience tailored to their requirements. You feel like you have joined an extended family. The camp is on a hilltop with beautiful views and far away from other camps. Our guide, Geofry was very experienced and his knowledge regarding the environment, birds and animals was first rate. Tommy, Chevy and their team made our experience a once in a lifetime one and my friend had a birthday which was well and truly celebrated in true Swahili style!

    Room tip: Request a room with a plunge pool if you can
    Date of stay: September 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Thank WeybridgeSarah
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    IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write this wonderful review and for sharing your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and chose us as a location to celebrate your friends birthday! Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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    Reviewed 13 September 2023 via mobile

    From the moment you are picked up from the airstrip the game viewing starts. You get a warm welcome on arrival and the accomodation is absolutely stunning. No detail is overlooked in the camp or out on safari.
    The food was fantastic, service is brilliant without being overbearing and nothing is too much trouble.
    We did a walking safari which ended with breakfast in the bush which was amazing.
    The game drives were different every day and our wonderful guide Habi could spot the big to the small and was extremely knowledgable.
    Tommy and Chevy was also on hand to see how our day had gone and if we needed anything.
    This seamless service looks effortless but is really hard work. The whole team make it look easy. Thank you all.
    Next time a honey badger!

    Room tip: Take less clothes, great laundry service.
    Date of stay: September 2023
    Trip type: Travelled with family
    Thank Deborah H
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    IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2023

    Thank you for posting this wonderful review and for taking the time to share your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! So great to hear you enjoyed game drives and a walking safari and we are waiting for you to return to see the honey badger! Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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    Reviewed 6 August 2023

    Excellent in every way. Friendly staff. Lovely meals. Superbly knowledgeable safari driver guide.
    We were up at 05:00 to be driving by 06:00, so it was an intense few days, but I am so glad I had the opportunity to go.

    Room tip: Relax and enjoy.
    Date of stay: June 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Thank Judy R
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    IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2023

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your wonderful review and for sharing your experience with others on here. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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    Reviewed 4 August 2023

    A truly luxurious safari camp, set on a crazy escarpment, offering stupendous views across Ruaha National Park. Ruaha felt more like the Africa we expected, wide open vistas, sandy scrubland, with mostly dried up riverbeds and columns of majestic Baobab trees. We saw more large herds of animals than we had in Selous, but also covered a lot more ground to find them.

    We were met by Geoffrey, who would be our guide for our time at Ikuka. From our first meeting, we could tell that Ikuka was special - personalised water bottles and snacks provided, with extra drinks freely available at all times. It might have been the time of year, but everyone at the camp got a jeep and guide to themselves, which always makes for a special experience.

    We were met, at camp, by a smiling, waving team from Ikuka, including Mark, the owner, and Sherie, the camp manager, who were so welcoming and chatty, which was very useful as over the next few days we all struggled, to various degrees, with the effects of our malaria medication, and their understanding and helpfulness made it all much easier.

    The camp itself is all sandy furnishings, reflecting the landscape beautifully. The safari tents have pale stone styling and amazing quartz gabbions around the outdoor bathrooms, as well as a cosy sofa area, with added spotter books [great for adults and children alike]. All tents have decks overlooking the park, and afternoons were happily spent watching the birds [although I’d recommend sitting by the pool as they’re very attracted to the water].

    Each evening, the inside tent was closed, possibly for mosquitos, although also to keep the warmth in, as the evenings got surprisingly cold. I should also mention the morning wake up calls, hot drinks and biscuits, with the added bonus of thermo cups to take on the drives.

    The food at Ikuka was quite different to anywhere else we stayed in Tanzania, being more european, with beautiful presentation. As a bonus, our lovely waiter Seif moonlighted as a bird expert, and was always on hand when I was struggling with identification.

    Dinners at Ikuka are often communal, but with various members of our family feeling ill or missing meals, and all other visitors being couples, we chose to eat as a family, which was lovely, but we maybe missed out on the camaraderie of camp. I think the camp may be more aimed at couples…

    The safaris were fabulous, more as we’d expected, with a lot of driving to try and find our chosen animals. Although we failed in our mission to see wild dogs [they were at the camp the day we arrived and the day after we left!], we did see 2 groups of lions, an enormous herd of over 500 buffalo, jackal, a bat eared fox and a leopard! Crazily, our sundowners were taken with a pride of lions and a leopard lazing in a tamarind tree - evenings never to be forgotten!

    We took advantage of Mark being onsite, to take a walking safari, which really changed the way we saw the park, as well as giving us a healthy respect for the wildlife [we had to rapidly change direction when a lone elephant was in the bush ahead, and then found out that a lion had also been on our path]. The highlight of the walk was spotting a Giant eagle owl [with pink eyelids!], as well as Mark’s stories of various animal encounters.

    One thing to note, it gets very cold in the park at night, which wasn’t so much an issue for evening game drives [just a little brisk on the final drive up to camp], but morning drives start very cold. Camp provides blankets and hot water bottles, but fleeces and/or jackets are a must.

    Room tip: Pack warmer clothes; they offer a fast, complementary laundry service & all toiletries provided, so you have space!
    Date of stay: July 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Thank Rowlou
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    IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2023

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for taking the time to share your family experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it. We are really happy that you had fun exploring the vast landscape of Ruaha and were rewarded with some excellent wildlife sightings and that you got to enjoy the smaller details on the bush on a walking safari! The Giant eagle owl is certainly a special one to remember :) We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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    Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

    Just an amazing place! Fantastic lodge in an amazing location with great service, great food and great company.
    The rooms are just first class and extremely comfortable with everything you need. Plus amazing views from the deck.
    The safari service is everything you want. Informative, well managed, comfortable and interesting. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly and good company.
    The food from breakfast to dinner was great and we have memories that will stay with us forever!
    Thank you to everyone at Ikuka

    Date of stay: June 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    Thank craigeuan
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    IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2023

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! We are really pleased to read that you had everything you would want from a safari experience! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka Family.

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