Kwihala Camp


Ruaha National Park

Accommodation Type

Tented Camp

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

Kwihala Camp

There are just six tents in this remote, intimate camp. It’s all elegant simplicity in a stunning setting, with everything you need to relax in comfort, untrammelled by unnecessary frills. The emphasis is firmly on the incredible nature and wildlife of Ruaha, as you explore by 4×4 and on foot, returning to good food, friendly service and home comforts.

This is a small, safari camp in the classic frontier mould, simple and elegant in style and in a lovely location on a hillside with superb views. Your days revolve around game viewing, with downtime spent in the relaxed environs of the camp.

And what game viewing!  This park may not be overly visited by humans but it is home to 10% of the world’s lion population, with prides of 20 or more not uncommon, as well as to leopard, African wild dogs, greater and lesser kudu and cheetah.  You are assured a remarkable wildlife-watching experience, with twice-daily game drives plus nature walks and night drives. All activities are led by knowledgeable guides, keen to show you all the riches of Ruaha.

When you’re back at camp you can relax in the slightly Art Deco-styled main tent with its comfy seating, shelter out of the sun’s heat at lunch time in the dining area, and enjoy dinner outside by the camp fire or river. It’s a classic ‘Out of Africa’ experience!

Times to Go

Wildlife can be seen year-round, with the dry season June-November, the most popular safari time.

Kwihala Camp highlights

  • Intimate, frontier-style camp
  • Remote bush location – a real wilderness experience
  • Wonderful richness of wildlife and diversity of landscape
  • Great for seeing big cats and elephants
  • Exceptional guiding

Tanzania Specialists review

Amanda Marks“This gorgeous, high quality bush camp on the Mwagusi River is ideal if you’re looking to get back to nature and be in the thick of the bush, yet still be looked after with personal care and professionalism,  and eat meals which wouldn’t look out of place in a good restaurant. The guiding and open vehicles are also good, and the area is just amazing for wildlife. Just don’t expect to be next to water, though, as the Mwagusi is a sand river for most of the year!”

READ AMANDA’S BLOG: Tribes’ director Amanda Marks stayed at Kwihala camp in June 2018. You can read her blog about this for a personal view of the camp experience.

Kwihala Camp Lodge location

Kwihala Camp


  • 6 guest tents
  • Open from June till mid-March
  • Children aged 5 years+ are welcome


  • Lounge and dining tent
  • Bar
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Campfire


  • Shared game drives
  • Private game drives (optional)
  • Night drives
  • Guided walks
  • Sundowners
  • Bird watching

Kwihala Camp rooms

There are 6 walk-in canvas tents, classic in style with mesh windows, rug-strewn floor, safari furniture including a writing desk and a lockable box for valuables.

Guest tents are decorated in natural tones and feature the camp’s baobab motif on items of décor. It has a welcoming feel and there’s ample room for clothes and bags.

Every tent has an en-suite bathroom separated from the bedroom by a curtain and equipped with pottery hand basin, flush toilet and traditional bucket shower and hot water on request.

There are power points for charging batteries and fans to keep you cool. Each tent has a shaded veranda with a couple of chairs and a table.

There is a larger tent that can sleep a family of 2 adults and 2 children.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Asilia, who own Kwihala, work with local communities and in Ruaha they are currently actively engaged in providing books, writing materials and desks for a school and supporting the Ruaha Carnivore Project that promotes greater understanding of living alongside wildlife.”

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.


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.


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.


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.