Reviews of Kwihala Camp
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A true bush camp in a great location, your are not really sure if you are ever going to arrive but when you do it is worth the wait.
There is not waterfront or vast open plains to soak in but the location is fantastic for its isolation among the low scrubland and you are close to all the key viewing areas. This is possibly not a place for your first ever safari, but I was joined by a honeymooning couple who found the expereince engrossing and the camp welcoming. Marios was a great host, we spent hours talking about photography and became firm friends in a matter of days.
A great birding location, but the highlight was the first 17 minutes on an impala lambs life from the point of joining the world to standing and running 17 minutes later - stunning (and all within 300-400m of a dozing male lion).
Highly reccomend this camp it has everything a good bush camp should have.
Kwihala Camp review
This was our favorite probably because of Marius our guide. He was outstanding particularly his knowledge about all things in the bush.
More rustic then Impala in Selous but the accomodation, people and food were all great and there is a real sense of being in the bush. There is little shade so it gets hot during the day time.
The only possible improvement might be in getting to and from the tents at night. Given the number of predetors we spotted it was a bit nerve racking leaving the main tent for our tent. They did provide an escort but there were no Masai petrolling the camp. Still overall this was an amazing few days.
Kwihala Camp review
Absolutely fantastic - way exceed our expectations! We were the only guests, so the description 'exclusive' was ceartainly true for us!
Although described as a 'temporary' camp, the tents and central mess were beautifully appointed. The location had a real in the bush feel and lying in bed hearing the lions roar in the valley and leopard calling too was magical. We had a minor problem with water to our tent on one evening because of hyena digging out the water pipe and biting through it! Note - this isn't a negative comment but a reflection to give an impression on the proximity of the wildlife and the connection of the camp and the bush.
Ruaha was a magical area - so quiet. We had day drives and saw only a handful of other vehicles.
The guiding was superb - Steve was fantasticly knowledgable and we really felt that we had time to watch and experience the animals. The animals were less skittish than at Selous and it was possible to get much closer to buffalo, wildebeast, zebra etc tthan hat other places we have been. Coasting the vehicle into the middle of a herd of several hundred buffalo was a great experience - we were then able to sit and watch the herd slowly move past, with indidual buffalo taking turns to keep an eye on us as they herd move on through.
The service in the camp was great - friendly and attentive.