Kichaka Zumbua Camp

Location

Ruaha National Park

Accommodation Type

Tented camp

Accommodation Level
Deluxe
Price Guide
£££££

Kichaka Zumbua Camp

Walk on the wild side! There are plenty of thrills and lots of comfort at this remote, tented camp. Run by a hugely-experienced guide and tracker, it specialises in fantastic walking safaris in game-rich Ruaha, and you’re in expert hands. Game drives are brilliant from here too, and you’ll be astonished at how good the food is!

Owned by well-known guide and tracker, ‘Moli’ Molinaro, and his partner Noelle Herzog, this tiny, three-tent camp has been designed to provide an elegantly simple but comfortable base for superb walking safaris and game drives in a very remote part of Ruaha. Kichaka Zumbua is in the middle of nowhere, but not at the expense of style and comfort. You sleep in big, ‘proper’ and super-comfy beds in elegant tents, with your own private en-suite bathroom on one side, with flush toilet, hot and cold water, a bathtub and an outdoor shower.  To the other side is your own personal plunge pool. To top it all off the food is great!

There’s an attractive lounge and dining tent with a sociable bar area in the middle and, as Kichaka can accommodate just six guests, it’s all very intimate, like a private party. If you actually DO want a private party, Kichaka is also available for exclusive use – wonderful for families or small groups travelling together

Moli has incredible knowledge of this area and its wildlife, geology and flora, and he loves to share this with his guests, and is also happy to provide lessons on bushcraft and basic survival. You cover about 10km over rugged terrain on a day’s walk – conducted at an easy pace – and considerably longer distances on game drives. Night game drives bring a further, exciting element to your stay, and the stargazing here – particularly when using the camp’s super-powerful telescope – is literally out of this world.

If you want to add an even rawer safari experience, you could include a night or two at Kichaka Kidogo – fly camping in dome tents even deeper into the Ruaha bush. It’s a great adventure, completely informal but with highly professional guiding and service. And you still get great food, which is cooked over the camp fire, and your own private loo and bucket shower.

So, if you want to see Selous in a way that gets you closer to the earthy rawness of it all, yet with simple style and comfort, Kichaka is for you.

Times to Go

Kichaka operates year-round, but the best months for big game viewing are June to October, the dry season. However, Ruaha is still lovely the rest of the year, even when it rains – and it’s great for birding in the wet season.

Kichaka Zumbua highlights

  • Simple but elegant tented camp
  • Authentic wilderness experience with renowned tracker/guide
  • Superb for guided walking safaris
  • Excellent day and night game drives
  • Brilliant birding
  • Bushcraft lessons

Tanzania Specialists review

Amanda Marks“Do you really want to get away from everything and everyone? Do you love the idea of just walking and being in the African bush? Are you comfortable with the idea of remote, but comfortable facilities? Do you want to spend time with one of two excellent safari guides – Andrew (‘Moli’) the owner, and Mojo?  If this appeals, I’d highly recommend this unique and remote camp in Ruaha. Come and just relax into the African bush – I’d personally stay here for at least 5 nights, longer if I could.”

Kichaka Zumbua Camp location

Kichaka camp

Details

  • 3 tents
  • Open all year round
  • Children age 12+ are welcome
    (16+ for walking safaris)

Facilities

  • Laundry
  • Electricity in tents (main camp)

Activities

  • Walking safaris
  • Game drives
  • Night game drives
  • Fly camping (Kichaka Untamed)
  • Star gazing
  • Birding

Kichaka Camp rooms

The three tents at Kichaka Zumbua and roomy and attractive. Each tent is built on a platform and is covered by a large thatch roof, providing shade.  The canvas are open during the day to make the most of the panoramic views, but closed at night for safety and protection against insects.

The furniture is an elegant take on rustic bush chic. Each tent has a large, wood-framed bed which can be configured as a double or twin, with crisp linen. There’s a polished wood writing desk and console table and a covered outside seating area with chairs so you can gaze out at the inimitable view.

The tents have electric light and power sockets (not suitable for hairdryers).  Adjoining the tent is the en-suite bathroom with flush loo and bathtub. Step outside to the outdoor shower. To the other side of the tent is your own private plunge pool.  There’s nothing like a refreshing dip after a hot, dusty game drive.

 

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“With the use of solar power and with the main method of travel being by foot, Kichaka’s camps are highly environmentally friendly. Moli and Noelle are passionate about this landscape, and take the utmost precautions to minimise the camps’ footprints.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.

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Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.

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Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.

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Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.