IKUKA SAFARI CAMP- RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Ikuka safari camp is a luxury accommodation found on the edge of Mwagusi escarpments overlooking Mwagusi River in the northern part of the game- rich Ruaha national park in Tanzania. The camp is set 10 kilometers north of the mwagusi river and on top of Ikuka slopes with the beautiful views of the Park and surrounding areas. The best way to travel to Ruaha national park from ARUSHA CITY is a flight that takes 5-6 hours to the close Msembe airstrip then 30 minutes to be transferred to the lodge. It’s very far by road taking about 941 km.
Ikuka camp consists of 7 spacious and comfortable thatched tents with a family room perfect for couple or family Raised on a wooden deck overlooking the river banks built in African Traditional style with natural materials of Grass thatched roofs, local woods with high levels of comfort.
Tents are well elevated on a wooden platform , decorated with timber and furnished with tranquility and en suite private facilities of flushing toilet , hot and cold showers, mosquito nets , wooden chairs and tables , extinguishers, free bottled water in the rooms , free toiletries had wash basin , coffee making facilities ,white curtains to mention but few. Each tent has a large Veranda out of the front, with a large Interior sitting areas and private balconies that give a stunning view over the park and surrounding areas. Tents are well equipped with comfortable beds containing queen sized beds and wooden ceiling fans. There is a fire place pit with comfortable seats where guests relax especially after a Tanzania safari as they share stories ,it also provides warmth during chill weather .Tents are in different sizes with singles bed with individuals, doubles beds for couples / twins, and family rooming options with different costs ranging from 250$ per night and above. The room rate keeps changing as they go high during peak season than in low season.
Ikuka camp offers more services and facilities which include;
A restaurant in the main building with the view of the park serving different cuisines both international and African- inspired meals that meets guests choice. Meals offered include Continental breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner in the main building served by well trained, friendly and welcoming staff, you can have meals in any place of your choice either veranda overlooking the park or in the dining areas. Bush breakfasts are also offered while enjoying morning sunrises and bush dinners while overlooking the stars in the sky, Ikuka safari camp.
A-well stocked bar with variety of refreshment both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, you relax on balcony while siping the sundowner overlooking the spectacular view of the River, park and surrounding area.
A swimming pool that cools off the hot afternoon especially after game viewing , you relax in water while overlooking The park and surrounding areas.
Services; Free parking space available, offers airport pick -ups and drop-offs, Laundry and house- keeping services available, 24 hour desk.
WIFI hotspot internet available at the camp to enable guest to keep in touch with their families and friends.
Activities to do while at the lodge include; game viewing in the park and around the lodge that will give you a chance to see more wildlife roaming along the river, Guided nature walks ,birding/ bird watching in the park and many more activities.
Ruaha national park is the second largest national park in Tanzania after Nyerere national park found in the south of the central mid- point of Tanzania and west of Iringa Town . The park was established in 1964 and It covers the total area of 20,226 square kilometers (7,809 ) square miles The Park is most visited and has different categories of accommodations that include Budget, Mid- range/ moderate and Luxury/expensive accommodations that are convenient and affordable to any travellers, tourists visiting the park.
Ruaha national park has a variety of wildlife that includes; large herds of elephants, 10 percent of lions, Zebras , Buffaloes , cheetahs , Giraffes , antelopes , hyenas, Hippos and many more and over 570 species of birds that includes ; endemic species, migratory species with ostriches, starling , weaver birds, Kingfishers, hornbills etc. There are more activities to do while in the park and at the lodge which include; , game drive in the park which enables you to spot wide range and different animals in the park , Guide nature walks in the park, Hot air balloon rides that gives good view of the Savannah plains at 450$ per person , hand craft safaris, Camping ,Flying safaris, walking night safaris, cultural visits in the local villages, Bird watching/Birding since the park has more species bird ,the watchers can’t be disappointed to mention but a few.