Reviews of Kwihala Camp
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Outstanding guiding at Kwihala
We are so so pleased that we decided to combine our trip to Selous with Ruaha, they really are a fantastic contrast to each other. Kwihala camp was very stylish, the tents whilst being luxurious were very much part of the bush and we loved the bucket showers! The service was excellent and the food delicious. We particularly enjoyed the communal lunches and dinners under the stars.
We can't recommend Kwihala highly enough, the guided was outstanding. We had both Lorenzo and Festo as guides, who were both extremely knowledgeable and we were so impressed at the amount of wildlife they both managed to track. Ruaha is a stunning park, sometimes we didn't see another vehicle on a game drive. The wildlife was beyond our expectations and through the expert guiding, we were lucky enough to spot cheetahs, nurmerous leopards and lion prides.
We only hope we can return there one day!
Outstanding guiding at Kwihala Camp
Kwihala Camp has a great location and a warm, friendly and attentive staff. There is a real feeling of camaraderie at the camp.
But Kwihala's most notable feature is the quality of its guiding. This was my second visit to Kwihala, and again I found the guiding to be absolutely top-notch.
Thanks to Festo, Tony, Lorenzo and Pietro for an excellent visit with a lot of great sightings.
Kwihala Camp review
Our guide, Tony and his tracker Leverd, met us at the airstrip and we were told that leopard had been spotted ! So we went straight to see it. Fantastic ! Ruaha is a small camp in a remote area so we had wonderful game viewing with a guide who was knowledgable about all we saw, whether it was animals, birds, lizards or insects.
Every day, we could choose whether we had a "bush breakfast" or eat in camp and Andrew was happy to spend as much time as we wanted out on drives. On one occasion we were eating lunch and he was prepared to give up his much-needed rest, to rush out again into the bush as leopard had been spotted .On another, when we were having our sundowners out in the bush, he spotted vultures on the ground about a hundred metres across the canyon and he said "let's forget the sundowners and we'll go and check it out " So we hopped in the land rover and just as we did, two cheetahs strolled past. How cool is that !
Both Selous and Ruaha gave the four of us an exclusive vehicle and driver and guide so we could choose our preferences - very important for having a great Africa experience
Best guiding ever!!!!
Nice camp, spacious and well appointed tents, but what sets this camp aside is the spectacular quality of the guiding. Our guide, Pietro, made every day an adventure, regardless of what game we saw (and we saw plenty). His passion for Ruaha was clear and his ability to read animal behavior to enhance game viewing was very evident. Communications between guides was excellent and we were offered choices before rushing off to see something special (like 2 daytime leopard sightings).
Absolutely the best guiding that we have experienced in 3 trips to Africa.
Superlative safari at Kwihala Camp
We thoroughly enjoyed our safari, it is the best safari that we have ever had.
The guiding and camp were excellent, get in here before it changes. We felt at one with the park, never chasing sitings but just gently watching events unfold (Thank you Marc) Numerous lingering sightings of elephant families including several very young calfs, following a family of lions over 6 days and watching the cubs play and adults drink, another sighting of the famous 'Grumpy', 'Brother', and pride of 17 lions on an enormous giraffe kill, leisurely cheetah sightings, 2 excellent leopard sightings (one climbing down a tree, another for over half an hour when the young female came so close to the vehicle we almost felt that we could have touched her - in theory!). My husband still has not sorted his favourite picture of her during this sighting.
Food, staff, and facilities were excellent. The vehicle broke down late at night, but this was quickly dealt with.
Lovely bushcamp; great game viewing
Kwihala is a lovely bushcamp in Ruaha - the six tents are very spacious and comfortable, and simply but stylishly decorated. Meals are collective, which provides a nice opportunity to interact with other guests as well as guides and the charming camp manager, Sara, and the quality of food was generally of a high standard. Drinks are inclusive, which was nice.
My guide was Marc, who was excellent: extremely experienced, he eagerly shared his knowledge and was also very considerate of photographer's needs. The lion and elephant sightings were superb - my best, in fact - and there was much else besides. You really get a sense for the vastness and remoteness of Ruaha - I think I saw three or four other vehicles during my entire week there - as well as wonderfully varied landscapes.
Kwihala Camp review
Excellent camp, we really enjoyed our stay there. I would advise anyone who wants to go to Ruaha to consider this camp. Similarly Ruaha is a great park with beautiful and varied scenery and great game. This was our 4th safari and Ruaha certainly tops the parks and reserves that we have visited.
Kwihala, is a not pretentious, simple, very comfortable and sort of secluded camp. Its tent are spacious, they tend to be hot during the midday but cool in the night. We were often visited by a jackal whilst enjoying the stars sitting at our veranda.
The staff and the guiding is probably what makes Kwihala special. We are thankful to all for making our stay enjoyable and in particular, Marc, Festo and Tony. Breakfast in the bush and sun-down drinks made our days.
Great game watching - one day topped it all when we witnessed a zebra kill by lions, a leopard attack on a mongoose, in the middle of the dry river to be immediately attacked by baboons, a lioness going leisurely after a giraffe all happening within an hour's span.
Experienced also a night's rain that went on through the early morning hours bringing out the best smells of the park.
We had read about the tsetse flies, these do exist especially around the springs, but are not a problem to fuss about.
Our visit was nearly at the end of the dry season and my son and I look forward to visiting Ruaha again at the end of the wet season. Without any doubt we will lodge again at Kwihala.
Camping in style!
Expert guiding which was tailored to suit our interest.
During our welcome upon arrival the camp options were discussed which we found a little confusing and disliked the push towards night drives and guided walks which were at an extra cost. That said we enjoyed our stay and would return to Kwihala.
Kwihala Camp review
Kwihla is is located right in the prime game viewing area of Ruaha. My guide Lorenzo was excellent and the camp and the game viewing was prolific and varied - apart from the usual lion, leopard and cheetah etc there were also two serval and two honey badger sightings thrown in for good measure.
The camp was pretty flexible with the game drive times which was good to see within park rules - you could head out as early as you liked and come back for brunch, lunch or whenever was convenient depending on what was seen. There was no heading back for set meal times as can often be the case in some camps. The food was also excellent.
The camp has a very relaxed atmosphere and is superbly run by Sara, the camp manageress, who was a very charming host and a great deal of fun. Out of the 30+ camps I've been to in Africa over the years, Kwilhala is up there in the top three.
Kwihala camp 2012
This was our second visit to Kwihala and we enjoyed our stay as much as the first trip. We returned because of the location and guiding and the camp remains exactly as it was in 2010. It still has more of a bush camp 'feel' than many camps although it is nonetheless well equiped and comfortable. We experienced elephant browsing around our tent on the first night and awoke to find him asleep some 50 metres away- some start to the trip. On our last night a pair of jackal were roaming around camp yapping at each other in a lacivious manner!
The guiding remains excellent. Steve led for us last time and Marc was undertaking his first 'session' this time. You need to experience poor guiding to appreciate excellent guiding - touches such as placing the vehicle so all guests get good views or placing for photographs; making the effort to find just remembered places and enthusing about the smaller animals and birds. Marc was as good as Steve and we saw as much if not more game as on our last trip including excellent views of the usual Lion and so on but also bat-eared fox, honey badger in daylight and a multitude of birds.
The food was good and ample with different dining locations each night out under the stars. Excellent salads and kebabs.