Set up by Andrew ‘Moli’ Molinaro and Noelle Herzog, Kichaka Expeditions is one of the newest and exciting camps to open in Tanzania for years. Set up to focus on walking safaris within Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania taking either private or small group bookings of no more than six guests at any one time, ensuring complete exclusivity in the wilderness.
Kichaka Ruaha - The Facts
Taking no more than 6 guests at a time, Kichaka ensures complete exclusivity within the wilderness giving you the ability to explore even the most remote areas of Ruaha
. They have had to forgo some of the more extravagant luxuries in favour of mobility and practicality, but rest assured all your basic ‘creature comforts’ are catered for.
The food is all made on site using only the freshest local produce and is surprisingly very good. The camp does have limited electricity supply for the vital charging of camera batteries and the production of perhaps the most vital comfort of all – ICE. Perfect gin and tonics for sundowners.
You can either take Kichaka as a private option, or be part of a small group, this new popular option, again up to a maximum of six guests and is a highly intimate experience. The itinerary is a little stricter, but it does include fly-camping along the way.
As Kichaka is quite a rudimentary camp, it would be great to mix it with one of Ruaha
’s more luxurious camps like Jongomero, where Moli was once a guide. After a few days of walking through the Ruaha bush with Moli and Noelle, some days relaxing at Jongomero would be a real treat. Here you would be treated to beautiful luxury, yet still maintaining the peaceful serenity you will have at Kichaka. This is one of the best Tanzanian safaris
you could do.
If you would like a complete change of scenery then combining Ruaha with the Selous offers the perfect contrasting safari experience. Whislt Ruaha is a dry landscape dotted with imposing baobabs and rocky outcrops, the Selous is lush and green. Its focal point are the vein-like waterways that meander through its landscape. With pools full of hippos and crocodiles, as well as a third of Africa's wild dogs, combining the two safari destinations makes for the perfect Southern Itinerary. Nomad's Sand Rivers is the perfect camp after Kichaka. Situated on the banks of the Rufiji River, every amentiy one could wish for is provided.
If the beach sounds more appealing after many days walking in the bush, then the island of Zanzibar is very accessible from Ruaha. Zuri is our favourite hotel on the island due to its non-tidal beach and Pongwe Beach Hotel is also another great option to consider on the East coast. There is no better way to round off your holiday than by sipping a cool drink and watching the sunset on the beach!