Kwihala, positioned in the wildlife rich Ruaha National Park, is simple and comfortable, designed in homage to the old expedition camps. The tented lounge and dining room is the social heart of the camp, where you’ll enjoy meals with fellow guests and chill out in the afternoon. After sunset, sit around the campfire to share safari stories over a couple of G&Ts.
Meals and Refreshments
All meals are prepared in camp, from our fresh breads and cakes to salads and sorbets. If you’d like to extend your morning game drive, we can pack a picnic breakfast for you to enjoy in the bush. Alternatively, have a cooked brunch back at camp after your game drive. Lunch is a light buffet and dinner is a three-course meal served communally. In the dry season, enjoy dinner in the sandy Mwagusi riverbed, where elephants sometimes stroll past. In the green months, eat alongside the flowing river. In the rainy season, meals are served undercover.
Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements and we’ll be happy to cater for you.
A typical day on safari
We aim to be out in the bush at the coolest times of the day — early morning and late afternoon — when the animals are at their most active. Exact times may differ slightly with the seasons. If you have booked a private vehicle, feel free to plan your schedule with your guide.
A typical day at Kwihala starts off bright and early with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast at camp, or have it packed as a picnic and get a head start on your morning game drive. You’ll be back in time to relax before lunch.
The afternoons can get really hot, so it’s a good opportunity to relax and read a book or take a nap before afternoon tea. After refuelling, we’ll depart for your afternoon game drive or walk, accompanied by sundowners. In the evening, have a drink and a chat around the campfire before enjoying a well-deserved dinner.
The six tents at Kwihala are spacious and simple with king-sized beds. The en suite bathrooms have double vanities, flushing toilets and hot water safari bucket showers. Sitting out on your shady veranda, watch for elephants or kudus wandering past camp. At night, you’ll stay cool and comfy with a fan and a mosquito net.
Kwihala is set deep in the forest, surrounded by rain, fig, sausage and jackalberry trees. Its proximity to the Mwagusi River makes it one of the best locations in Ruaha National Park for game viewing. Plenty of animals gather to drink at the river, but the nearest human neighbours are far away.
Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania, located in the centre of the country. It forms a transitional point between the landscapes of East and Southern Africa, with golden plains of sun-bleached grass, ancient baobabs and palm forests.
The greater Ruaha area is thought to be home to a tenth of the entire world’s wild lion population. Cheetahs — and even the occasional wild dog or leopard — are seen hunting on these plain, too. You might also spot greater and lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope, elephants, giraffes, bat-eared foxes and any of the area’s 570 bird species.
We welcome families with children over 5 and have a tent that sleeps four people (children under 12 must share with an adult). Depending on how full the camp is, we may be able to accommodate younger children. Please enquire if this is of interest. Note that Kwihala does not have any specific activities for children. Please chat to your agent about the option of a private vehicle for your family safari.