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Steve W
Knoxville, Tennessee

Gods Glory!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 04 Feb 2024via mobile
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!
Date of stay: February 2024
Room Tip: Lose wight before arrive because the food is delicious and plentiful! Don’t pack too much,...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this review
Responded 06 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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Reviewed 28 December 2023

An unforgettable experience and a holiday of a lifetime for my mother-in-law, husband and I.

Ikuka Safari Camp is exceptional. The open rooms allow you to experience nature and also afford you 5* accommodation. The staff operate as a close knit family and are hugely welcoming. The camp is run exceptionally well and everything is delivered at the highest level of professional and totally flawless.

Having our own dedicated safari guide during the day allowed us to tailor our safari to suit ourselves. The wildlife is spectacular, and Luka’s (our guide) knowledge and insights certainly taught us a lot about Tanzania culture, the animals, birds, insects, plants etc etc

Unforgettable and unbeatable experience.

Thank you Ikuka team. We will be back soon!
Jen, Tim, Jac

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2023

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. We are really happy to hear that your experience was rich and that you had some great family time! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka Family.

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Reviewed 19 November 2023

From arrival to the day we had to leave, it was amazing! Tom and Chevy are such wonderful, kind and helpful hosts. The whole staff, the guides are excellent and very professional. Luka was a very good guide! And then the lodges : Wauw, we never experienced anything so perfect in every detail.The food was delicious and every plate was another kind of art.
The views, so many animals, the landscapes, everything completed the amazing experience.Thanks for this unbelievable experience!

Room tip: Just enjoy everything
Date of stay: November 2023
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IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2023

Thank you very much for your lovely review and for taking the time to share your experience on here with others! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed every detail in the lodge and also that you saw so many animals - Ruaha is a special place :) Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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Reviewed 23 October 2023

This camp is everything you could ever possibly dream about when it comes to having a sensational African safari experience. In fact everything exceeded our expectations - a real 'Out of Africa' sensation. Each tent was wonderfully equipped and offered magnificent views from the escarpment on which the camp was located. The quality of the cuisine was sublime, the staff were exceptional and our guide 'Joffrey' was fantastic all round. His knowledge seemed to know no bounds about the fauna and flora, and even taught us to be read animal tracks! I have no doubt that all the guides provided by the camp are equal to this, but Joffrey was our guide and he was superb. Tommy and Chevy who run the whole operation were at the top of their game and made us feel very special, as I'm sure they do to every guest who is fortunate enough to pass through the Ikuka Safari Camp.

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2023

Thank you for your wonderful review and for taking the time to share your experience on here with others, we truly appreciate it! We are so pleased you enjoyed everything about Ruaha and Ikuka and got to know our team and learnt how to read animal tracks! We look forward to staying in touch. Best wishes from the Ikuka family.

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Reviewed 30 September 2023

Wow - what a way to start our honeymoon! We couldn't fault a single thing Ikuka had to offer. Aside from the breathtaking location and views, sundowner sunsets and extremely knowledgeable tour guide (Habibu <3), the hotel and the whole team was outstanding and the food (really) blew us away.
We don'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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Thank Grace C
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IKUKA SAFARI CAMP, General Manager at Ikuka Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 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
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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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