Owner-managed by Andrew ‘Moli’ Molinaro and partner Noelle Herzog, Kichaka Expeditions has its sights firmly set on providing flexible, conditions-responsive access to Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park in its entirety. This is an area approximately the size of Switzerland, and Kichaka’s highly mobile arrangements allow them and their guests to adapt to weather and wildlife movements in real time, always ready to go where the action is.
To do this, Kichaka has two camps, a bushcamp and a flycamp. Both are mobile tented camps that neatly combine minimal ecological impact, flexibility and surprising levels of comfort. Kichaka is able to cater to small groups of two to six, and the flycamp is available only to those staying three or more nights.
The bushcamp comprises a shared mess area, with a dining-table and a range of other comfortable furnishings, as well as three metal-framed tents that comfortably accommodate two each. These latter have their own fly-sheeted verandahs, comfortable beds, wash-basins, bucket showers with hot water and a short-drop toilet. Fully mobile, it is always pitched in shady areas to ensure guests have somewhere to retreat for rest periods in the heat of the day.
The flycamp represents the next level in mobility. Not quite as luxurious as its less adaptable sibling, it is all contained in a converted military truck and ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice to anywhere within Ruaha that has a road. Its sophisticated solar systems allow for refrigeration, the pumping of water and a mobile kitchen capable of producing 3-course meals of surprisingly high quality. Accommodations comprise 3 large tents with comfortable cots and private toilet and shower.
Food and service
Whether bush camp or fly camp, the food at Kichaka prepared by Noelle on gas-burner, barbecue and coal-oven, is wonderful and surprisingly varied given the difficulty of procuring ingredients this far from civilization: the perfect fare to be enjoyed out in the bush after a day’s adventure in the bush.
The activities offered centre around the guiding skills of Andrew ‘Moli’ Molinaro (the ‘voice of Africa’ in Disney’s Animal Kingdom programme); as well as walking and driving safaris, survival training and surveys of the local flora and fauna are also available.