KIMONDO’S TOP LOCATION IN THE SOUTH
One month ago, Kimondo Camp moved for the first time with the migration to the south – to the beautiful Kusini area of the Southern Serengeti. Kimondo is located on the edge of a mini “crater” with spectacular views of the bowl ahead which is often filled with plains game. Kimondo offers access to game drives in both the SNP and NCAA.
Surrounded and protected by acacia forests but with amazing views over the plains where the migrating wildebeest graze during December to March. The area of Kimondo Camp couldn’t be any better – guests are remote and way from the hustle and bustle. The area is made up of a mixture of acacia forests, open plains and concealed kopjes providing a perfect environment for both hunter and the hunted.
How to access Kimondo Camp
The best and easiest option to reach Kimondo Camp is by flying to Kusini airstrip, which is about 40 minutes drive from the camp and easily reachable. It is also possible to drive to Kimondo, either from Ngorongoro via Ndutu or from Seronera. While the Seronera Road which passes the Moru Rhino project area is a maximum 2 hour drive in dry season with lots of game sightings on the way, it is advised to rather use the routing via Nabi gate and Ndutu when wet.
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Kwihala as part of Asilia
On 1st June Kwihala Camp opened as part of the Asilia family. During April and May we refreshed the soft furnishings and put in place a new menu, but kept the spirit of this popular bush camp firmly intact.
This season Kwihala Camp is in the very capable hands of Sandy Mellet. Many of you will know Sandy from Matemwe where she was our Front of House Manager. Sandy is going into her third season with Asilia.
Guiding this season we will have Lorenzo Roskelly and Festo Rafaelle Ntayaye full time. Pietro Lurashi will be in camp from the 1st July – 1st October and Marius Swart arrives on the 1st November.
What makes Kwihala Camp special
- Kwihala Camp has one of the best locations in the park, close to the Mwagusi Sand River where the most exciting game viewing happens! In the mornings, Kwihala guests tend to have this area to themselves, allowing them to move on when others start to arrive.
- The camp has a reputation for excellent guiding and we are pleased to announce that the guides who built this reputation will be continuing to guide in the 2014 season.
- It is one of the only camps in Ruaha to offer game drives, walking safaris and night drives. NB: walking and night drives do need to be pre-booked.
- Kwihala is one of the smallest camps in Ruaha. With just 6 tents this means we can deliver the kind of personalised service that Asilia has become famous for.
Why go to Ruaha?
- Exclusivity: Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest National Park at over 20,000km2. There are approximately 150 tourist beds in the park which means 130km2 of space for each guest!
- Big Cat viewing: Ruaha is home to 1 in every 10 of the world’s lions and the density of lions per km2 is higher than the Serengeti (0.27 per km2 in Ruaha compared to 0.16 per km2 in Serengeti). Cheetah and leopard are also seen regularly.
- Elephants: Ruaha is also home to Tanzania’s largest elephant population (aprox 20,000).
- Diversity: Ruaha is a transition between southern and eastern eco-systems and this is what accounts for its incredible diversity with over 1600 plant species and 500 bird species.
We are very excited to bring you the first photos of Namiri Plains. The 6 tents have fresh and contemporary décor, with accents of reclaimed steel and wood to keep it in harmony with nature. Stand out features include bold geometric rugs contrasted against organic, plant print textiles. Bathrooms have traditional bucket showers.
We have also had some incredible game sightings in the last weeks. A recent FAM trip saw a unbelievable 6 species of cat in 8 days. The 3 big cats; lion (95 different individuals), leopard (6 individuals) and cheetah (20 Individuals including some young cubs), were abundant, but also their smaller cousins were seen: wildcat (3), caracal (2) and an elusive serval. Namiri Plains is living up to its name as the place where the Big Cats Roam.
The Namiri Team
Namiri Plains will be run by Epimark Mwaklianga who many of you will know from Ubuntu Camp. Epimark has been with Asilia for 9 years and has worked his way through the ranks from waiter to manager. Assisting Epimark and leading the guiding will be Blessed Mpofu, originally from Zimbabwe but who many of you will know from Explore Gorongosa Camp in Mozambique. A Professional Walking Guide, Blessed has worked in camps across Africa.
What makes Namiri Plains special?
- Exclusivity and remoteness – Serengeti on your own: Namiri Plains is the only camp in the area (and will be for a while) which means other vehicles are a rare sighting in contrast to many other areas in the Serengeti
- Permanent water source means unrivalled access to fantastic wildlife, especially cheetah, lion and leopard year-round
- Access to the great migration for a long period of the year (Nov-March and June-July)
- An amazing variety of Serengeti landscapes: short grass plains typical of the south contrasting with the valleys and rock formations that are more recognisable of the north