[90% based on 2 reviews]
Fantastic lodge, couldn't fault it! The main owner Giles was there so we got to know him a bit. Nothing was too much trouble for Mark and his team, they have the experience just right from the coffee in your room before you go out for the early morning drives, to the G&Ts in the sunset only metres from elephants/buffalo. Again we were under the impression we were full board, but told we were all inclusive when we got there. The food was fantastic, although communal lunch and dinner may be off putting for some people, but we really enjoyed that aspect.
- B. Mason
Ikuka was a lovely camp. Again, the staff were very good and the meals excellent. The accommodation was over the top, and it was nice to have the large space of the Banda. And the main dining area was very relaxing. Mark was a great host.
The reason for the rating of 4 is due to 1) location and 2) quality of guides.
With regard to location, it takes about 20-30 minutes to reach the prime game viewing area. (We have previously stayed at Mwagusi, which is not the same level of luxury, but ideally located.) As to quality of guides, our guide was very keen to locate game but in comparison to Alex Walker Lamai, not quite as skilled. Our guide had been with Ikuka for ~ 2-1/2 months. Granted, at Alex Walker Lamai, we had a guide and spotter. But even taking that into consideration, on balance we feel the guiding at Ikuka was not quite at the same level. This is not a criticism, just a comparative comment.
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