Vuma Hills Tented camp is stretching over the seemingly endless wilderness south west of Mikumi National Park. Consisting of only 16 chalets, Vuma is a far cry from traditional tented camping. Complete with shaded wooden veranda at the front and en suite bathroom facilities at the back, there is not much to be asked for. The common areas consist of a dining lounge and fully stocked bar area adjacent to a dining room with amazing views of the plains.
The main camp is powered through photo voltaic cells connected to inverters. Stand by generators on limited schedules to conserve fuel. Water conservation is important and guests are encouraged to participate.
The tented camp, situated in the heart of the reserve, is environmentally friendly and each tent is equipped with private bathroom and a veranda facing the river. There is a constant flow of animals coming down to drink at the river offering a permanent show to visitors of the camp. The water is usually full of hundreds of hippos as well as groups of crocodiles that laze in the sun on the sandbanks in the river.
A structure in the central part of the camp hosts the restaurant, bar and library, all with a view of the river and the sunset. All of the camp structures, kitchen included, are constantly renovated, attaining the highest level of comfort without sacrificing the emotion of a total immersion in a completely natural environment. Electricity and hot water are powered by solar panels, while UHV-filtered drinking water is available throughout camp (including tents). A covered swimming pool is situated in the camp, between reception and mess area.
Rufiji River Camp is operated by Foxes Safari Camps and the camp management very much look forward to welcoming you at Rufiji River Camp
Twenty tents facing the sunset, with comfortable beds, walled en-suite facilities, mosquito netting and all of the comfortable equipment of a lodge. Each tent has a private veranda under a roof of local straw (makuti) that creates the perfect place for reading, writing or just resting in the shade.
Ruaha River Lodge is family friendly and allows children above 2 years of age. There are no nanny services, and parents need to supervise their children.
The main camp is powered using generators only during certain times of the day. Water conservation is important and guests are encouraged to participate.
Many of the staff at Ruaha River Camp are hired from the surrounding villages and trained in the art of hospitality. Staff are articulate in Swahili, English and their tribal dialect and some are even fluent in other European dialects. All staff members have completed mandatory primary school at a minimum and are required to attend a mandatory refresher course conducted by a hospitality expert during the off season. Situated in a fantastic location right on the river, Ruaha River Lodge is the oldest lodge in Ruaha National Park. Unpretentious and relaxed, it is owned and run by the Fox family, and is well suited for those on a tighter budget. Although the lodge is relatively large, guests are divided between two different dining and lounge areas when it is full, so the atmosphere is slightly more personal than you might expect, and the service generally friendly.
Sandy, stone-lined pathways lead to Ruaha River Lodge's bedrooms, 28 detached cottages, or 'bandas', built of solid stone along the river. Each is incredibly spacious (quite vast!) and very comfortable, with a large veranda equipped with a couple of directors' chairs ? a peaceful place to watch animals coming down to the river to drink.
Large double doors lead from the veranda into the bedroom and lounge area, subdivided by a low wooden counter which also acts as an area to store clothes. In front of this a comfortable sofa and chair are set around a coffee table.
Behind the counter, are two comfortable beds ? a double and a single ? and bedside tables. Cool stone floors and walls help to keep the room at an even temperature, further helped by gauze over the windows to allow a through breeze.
To summarise, Ruaha River Lodge is an attractive camp that feels very natural ? and, given its size, manages to remain quite personal and in touch with its surroundings. For those looking for a camp that has a good level of comfort, great views and a moderate price tag, this would be a good choice.