MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
Mikumi National Park is a protected area of outstanding natural beauty and high biodiversity. It is the closest National Park to Dar es Salaam, nestled between the Uluguru and the Rubeho mountains.
VUMA HILLS TENTED CAMP
Your spacious and comfortable tent is one of sixteen, all with a rather old fashioned colonial décor. Sleeping under canvas at Vuma is a far cry from the discomfort usually associated with 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.
– Each tent has a double and a single bed.
– All tents are mosquito proof.
– Electricity is provided by generator and there are lights and sockets (3 pin square 220 V) in each tent.
– The generator will run from 10am to 2pm and again from 6.30pm to 11pm.
– The ensuite bathroom has a shower, basin and toilet.
– All water is solar heated.
– Mobile phones will work at Mikumi depending on the network arrangements.
The dining room overlooks the swimming pool creating an oasis of tranquillity in the dusty hot climate of the lowlands in which to savour the varied and well-prepared meals cooked with pride by the camp chefs.
-Food is prepared from fresh produce from Vuma Hills Highland farm.
-Full English breakfast or continental breakfast, fresh fruit, tea and coffee.
-Lunch is a cold buffet with a selection of seasonal salads and meat dishes, followed by a dessert.
-Dinner is a starter, a choice of two main courses, followed by dessert and coffee/tea.
-Any special dietary requirements should be made known at the time of booking.
-Decaffeinated coffee is not readily available in Tanzania, so if required it is preferable to bring some with you.
All game drives around the park are taken in open 4 wheel drive vehicles. These vehicles have been designed to ensure maximum visibility for all passengers. All have 2 way radio in case of emergency.
The game drives are led by a trained, experienced English speaking guide who will ensure that you get the most out of every safari you make.
STANLEY KOPJE TENTED CAMP
Stanley Kopje Tented Camp is set on a rocky outcrop on the Mkata flood plain in the far north of Mikumi National Park, overlooking the Mwanambo waterhole.
Stanley Kopje Tented Camp has just 8 tents in the camp and it is probably the most intimate camp in Mikumi National Park. Each of the tents is large with 2 double beds and is set on a platform around the rocks overlooking the flood plain. The en suite facilities include solar heated showers and flush toilets. Each tent is thatched and has lighting and a shady veranda on which to watch the world go by. Each tent has mosquito nets for guests’ protection.
The bar and restaurant are set on top of the kopjes (granite boulders) and enjoy 360 degree game viewing and panoramic views over the surrounding plains and waterhole.
Amongst the game you can expect to see in the surrounding park are Nyasa Blue wildebeest, buffalo, impala, zebra and giraffe. The open grassland also changes colour throughout the day so have your camera ready.
Stanley Kopje Tented Camp is closed for a short period in April during the rains (due to its location on a flood plain) but its sister camp. Vuma Hills, remains open.
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s second largest park and one of its wildest.
Only the area around the Great Ruaha River has been developed for tourism. Because of its remote location even this sees relatively few visitors, thus preserving a massive chunk of raw African wilderness in a totally unspoilt state. Activities centre on the river, which during the dry season is very low, with the remaining rock pools swarming with huge crocodiles and grunting Hippos fighting for space.
JABALI RIDGE LODGE
Ruaha is more remote than many popular safari destinations, which has the wonderful benefit of limiting visitor numbers to serious safari enthusiasts. It offers a truly rewarding wilderness experience in a remote and compelling African bush environment.
10 rooms (including 1x family room)
Each room has a double bed with over-hanging mosquito nets. The interior is entirely wood with rich tones to give it an elegant and sophisticated look in a spectacular location.
Activities and Services
Guided game drives are offered twice a day from Jabali Ridge. Our six-seater game-viewing vehicles are open-sided with a canvas roof; canvas sides can be rolled down in case of rain (rain ponchos are provided). All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty. A private game-viewing vehicle can be booked by prior arrangement. In the morning, maximise your game-viewing time by taking a delicious breakfast picnic with you to enjoy under the shade of a tree. In the evening, sip a cold gin & tonic in the heart of the bush as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Night game drives
When the sun descends, the elusive night animals come out to play. Explore the secrets of these shy creatures on a night game drive from Jabali Ridge.
A walking safari is one the most intimate ways to experience the bush and can be enjoyed from Jabali Ridge with an experienced armed guide and local tracker. Eye-to-eye with the wildlife, your senses are heightened and the sights, sounds and smells of the bush come alive.