Kichaka Bush Camp is a private mobile camp providing extraordinary access to unexplored and remote areas of Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park. Opened in 2013 and owner-managed by Moli Molinaro and partner Noelle Herzog, it is a comfortable facility with a focus on adventure and a genuine bush experience.
As the above suggests, the camp is a back-to-basics affair available for booking by small groups of 2-6. The main area is a large tent with open-sides and furniture including comfortable chairs and dining- and coffee-tables. Kichaka makes the most of these simple facilities, though never at the expense of the experience of being in the vey wild. The main tent provides a perfect shaded area in which to retreat from the heat of the – sometimes very hot indeed – day.
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.
Accommodations at Kichaka comprise three tents; surprisingly spacious, each has a veranda and an almost-en-suite bathroom a couple of metres away – the tents are spaced so as to ensure privacy. The bathroom-facilities include a bucket-shower, sink and short-drop toilet. Each of the three tents has two comfortable beds that can be combined upon request into a double.
Please note. As well as the camp itself, Kichaka is also a fly-camp experience. Capable of accommodating six guests, Kichaka Flycamp comprises the wonders of a converted 4WD 4 ton truck, which as well as being both staff transporter and mobile kitchen, carries all fly-camp equipment. Accommodation takes the form of 3 pup tents, while meals include breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner. Travelling across an area the size of Switzerland, and made available to Kichaka Bush Camp guests staying three nights or more, trips last anything up to a week.
The activities available at Kichaka are the stuff of real frontier safari. Whether bush-walking with the truly expert Moli (also known as the ‘voice of Africa’ in Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and benefitting from his encyclopedic knowledge of the local flora and fauna, or undertaking the game drives which are preferable during periods of high heat, or spending two or three nights fly-camping, this really is how wild Africa was supposed to be seen and felt.