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Ikuka Safari Camp

High on the Mwagusi escarpment in Ruaha National Park, Ikuka Safari Camp is an intimate, secluded camp with just six tents under thatched roofs. With uninterrupted views across the savannah, Ikuka offers the quintessential African wilderness experience.

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Ikuka Safari Camp
  • Just six luxury tents ensure guests enjoy a tranquil stay, with plenty of privacy

  • The camp's swimming pool offers incredible views across the savannah, and is the perfect place to relax after a day on safari

  • In a secluded location overlooking some of Ruaha National Park's best game-viewing areas

  • Game drives are tailored according to guests' wishes, and offer the chance to spot a huge variety of wildlife

In the Ruaha Valley, Ikuka Safari Camp is an idyllic family-run camp nestled away on the Mwagusi escarpment. Thanks to its high vantage point, Ikuka offers unparalleled views of the savannah, and the great expanse of Ruaha National Park. One of Tanzania's largest national parks, Ruaha is lesser known than some of the other reserves, and therefore offers a more intimate safari experience.

Accommodation at Ikuka is comprised of six luxury tents, housed within bandas made from local stone, traditional thatch and other local, sustainable materials. The well-appointed tents are rustic in style yet spacious, holding a super-king size bed, and a comfortable seating area is also provided for guests to relax in privacy. Each banda has its own deck offering panoramic views across Ruaha National Park, and one of its most prolific game-viewing areas.

Ikuka has a range of communal areas, from the dining area, lounge and plentiful bar, to the library and relaxation area upstairs. Warm and welcoming, these areas are designed for guests to feel at home, and provide a place to relax after an exhilarating day on safari. Ikuka's swimming pool is an extra special touch, where guests can take a dip and unwind, admiring the uninterrupted views across Ruaha Valley.

Ruaha National Park is home to a unique landscape, containing open savannah, huge baobab trees, rocky kopjes and the Ruaha river. This is where the biodiversity transitions from eastern to southern Africa, and the species of each meet in an incredible combination of wildlife. Game drives at Ikuka allow guests to spot a number of these species, including lesser and greater kudu, lion, and over 500 species of bird. Elephant are one of the main attractions here, with an estimated 20,000 inhabiting the park. Walking safaris are also possible throughout the park, providing the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the smaller, often overlooked species, and experience safari from a whole new perspective.

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All of the 6 tents at Ikuka offer fantastic views over Ruaha National Park and the interiors comprise of locally sourced materials that’s in keeping with the romantic rustic aesthetic. The tents can host double, twin or triple beds and boast an ensuit bathroom and sitting room. One tent, often used for honeymooners, also has a private plunge pool.

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Family Tent

The family tent is a two-story room and sleeps 2 or 3 children upstairs and 2 adults downstairs. The unit also includes a shared bathroom, sitting room, pool deck and plunge pool.

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Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Ikuka Safari Lodge is located on the Mwagusi Escarpment 6 miles / 10 kilometres north of the Mwagusi River, within the Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania.

11-hour international flight to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi. From there it is a 3-hour domestic scheduled flight to the Msembe airstrip, which is a 40-minute drive from the camp.

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