Awarded: Bronze

Ikuka Safari Camp's stunning location and superb architecture make it one of the finest properties in southern Tanzania.


Plan your journey

Location

The Ikuka Safari Camp is named after the region of Ruaha where it is located. The camp has a remarkable location on the Mwagusi escarpment, where it overlooks the Ruaha valley and the Mwagusi river. Just a 20-minute drive takes you to the park’s premier game-viewing area, where wildlife gathers at the riverbed.

Rooms

Designed by Neil Rocher, the architect behind Chongwe River House and Luangwa Safari House in Zambia, the camp is furnished with natural materials that combine traditional safari style with modern taste. The cozy tented rooms include a super king-sized bed, lounge area, and private balcony with panoramic views. Each en-suite bathroom incorporates a rainfall shower and twin stone washbasins as well as complimentary toiletries provided by Inaya Zanzibar.

Communal Areas

The main communal area provides comfortable seating, a well-stocked bar overlooking the national park, a library with Wi-Fi, and a pleasant dining area. Outside, there is a stunning infinity pool with shaded sun loungers. The airy central area is open-sided, making the most of the site’s outstanding views over the Ruaha plains below.

Activities

Ikuka offers 4×4 game drives in the game-rich area surrounding the Mwagusi River. For an additional charge, you can take a guided walk led by Ikuka’s owner and highly experienced guide, Mark Sheridan Johnson. This includes a full breakfast out in the bush. Other expeditions on offer include community project visits and photography lessons.

Although new to Ruaha, Ikuka has already established itself as one of the top properties in southern Tanzania. It is an incredible property run by people passionate about Ruaha. With its experienced guides, stunning location, stylish and intimate accommodation, and warm, hospitable service, and reasonable price, Ikuka’s only issue is with availability –  it is very much in demand!

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
All house drinks (except premium imported brands and champagne)
Laundry service
Scheduled vehicle game drives

When to go

Find out when is best to visit

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WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

This is a rather unpredictable time of the year, with brief, heavy showers or thunderstorms often occurring in the afternoon. The heat combined with humidity can make things a little uncomfortable, especially during the middle of the day, and travellers may find that roads can also be very tricky to navigate! All in all, this is not an ideal time to visit unless you are very keen to sight migratory birds.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

This is a rather unpredictable time of the year, with brief, heavy showers or thunderstorms often occurring in the afternoon. The heat combined with humidity can make things a little uncomfortable, especially during the middle of the day, and travellers may find that roads can also be very tricky to navigate! All in all, this is not an ideal time to visit unless you are very keen to sight migratory birds.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

This is a rather unpredictable time of the year, with brief, heavy showers or thunderstorms often occurring in the afternoon. The heat combined with humidity can make things a little uncomfortable, especially during the middle of the day, and travellers may find that roads can also be very tricky to navigate! All in all, this is not an ideal time to visit unless you are very keen to sight migratory birds.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

April generally marks the end of the rains, and as time moves on these showers become milder and less frequent. It is still recommended to avoid this month unless you are very keen to sight migratory birds.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

This is a more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the land recovers from the long rains, gradually drying up. As this happens, wildlife begins to migrate back to the park. This increase in numbers combined with thinning vegetation make this the perfect time to visit Ruaha.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

This is a more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the land recovers from the long rains, gradually drying up. As this happens, wildlife begins to migrate back to the park. This increase in numbers combined with thinning vegetation make this the perfect time to visit Ruaha.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

This is a more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the land recovers from the long rains, gradually drying up. As this happens, wildlife begins to migrate back to the park. This increase in numbers combined with thinning vegetation make this the perfect time to visit Ruaha.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

This is a more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the land recovers from the long rains, gradually drying up. As this happens, wildlife begins to migrate back to the park. This increase in numbers combined with thinning vegetation make this the perfect time to visit Ruaha.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

This is a more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the land recovers from the long rains, gradually drying up. As this happens, wildlife begins to migrate back to the park. This increase in numbers combined with thinning vegetation make this the perfect time to visit Ruaha.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

DRY SEASON

This is a more stable and predictable time of the year, usually with clear skies.

During this period the land recovers from the long rains, gradually drying up. As this happens, wildlife begins to migrate back to the park. This increase in numbers combined with thinning vegetation make this the perfect time to visit Ruaha.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT RAINS'

The start of the wet season. This is a rather unpredictable time of the year with frequent, brief showers or thunderstorms. The heat combined with humidity can be a little uncomfortable, especially during the middle of the day, and travellers may find that roads are more difficult to navigate.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT RAINS'

The start of the wet season. This is a rather unpredictable time of the year with frequent, brief showers or thunderstorms. The heat combined with humidity can be a little uncomfortable, especially during the middle of the day, and travellers may find that roads are more difficult to navigate.

Its proximity to the equator means that Ruaha National Park generally has consistent temperatures throughout the year. While the altitude (721 to 1,863m/2,365 to 6,112ft) moderates these to an average daytime temperature of 27°C/81°F within the main driving circuit of the park, temperatures can at times peak at over 40°C/104°F before the beginning of the rains. Mornings may still be surprisingly chilly, so be sure to bring a light fleece!

Unlike most of Tanzania where there are two distinct wet seasons, Ruaha has just one long extended wet season from November to April. Characterised by brief afternoon thunderstorms, it is unusual to have more extended periods of rain.

Ruaha is a seasonal park, with superb game-viewing in the driest months of the year when vegetation thins and wildlife becomes more densely concentrated. The best time to visit is therefore the height of the dry season.

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