Kwihala is a refreshing combination of adventure and style, designed for those who would like to be that little bit closer to the wildlife and the excitement of Africa, but who still crave the creature comforts to which they have become accustomed.
Kwihala means "bush" - and this is some of the most beautiful African bush you will see. The camp is set in a high area with views over the surrounding countryside, near the Mwagusi Sand River - one of the best game areas in the National Park.
There is still the excitement and trepidation of being just a few millimetres of canvas away from the great outdoors amid the sounds and scents of the bush.
Kwihala is about as good as it gets when it comes to a temporary canvas shelter. It is only when camping that you can get the feeling of being at one with Africa. It's exciting, it's wild and you are part of it, but it is not only about smart designer tents, it is about the camp itself.
The central mess tent for dining and relaxing, the camp fire, the friendly staff and experienced guides, the amazing food produced from a ‘camp’ kitchen, the camaraderie, the hospitality and our enthusiasm to show you the best of Ruaha National Park and Southern Tanzania’s truly magnificent wildlife and birdlife. An experience you are unlikely ever to forget.
In order to enjoy the camping experience to the full it is recommended that guests stay for a minimum of 2 nights.
Breakfast is served in the mess tent - unless you are on a morning game drive, when a "bonnet breakfast" is laid out on the car at a suitable spot in the bush. All meals are cooked in a simple bush kitchen - with some amazing results.
Designed by well-known contemporary African designer – Jacquie Resley, the 150 sq metre spacious mess tent is the main social centre of the camp.
The separate dining and relaxing areas create a homely feel, although canvas walls and open sides leave one with no illusions that one is camping in the bush. Evening dining is outside under the stars – weather permitting.
Kwihala Camp is located in the northern part of the Ruaha National Park, near the Mwagusi sand river, on the edge of the Escarpment in a beautiful and game rich area.
It is a mere 45 minutes drive from the Airstrip at the Park Headquarters at Msembe.
You can get to Kwihala by flying in to Msembe airstrip in Ruaha National Park. Msembe is a 2:30 hours flight from Dar es Salaam and Arusha.
On arrival at Msembe one of Kwihala's vehicles and guides will be waiting to start your adventure with you. The drive to the camp is usually 45 minutes but as you will be game driving on the way a good sighting could mean that this journey takes slightly longer.Game Drives are included as part of the daily activities.
The resident 'family' of manager field guides and staff are there to make sure that each guest enjoys the Kwihala camping experience to the full. It is designed to be a canvas 'home' in the bush rather than a hotel or a safari lodge. We love this place.