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Kikoti Safari Camp
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

My husband and I stayed at Kikoti on the last night of a 6 day safari that started in the Serengeti and ended at Tarangire. It was without question our favorite accommodation of the entire trip. The "tents" are tastefully designed with keen attention to detail and quality...vessel style sinks, hardwood floors, large showers, custom made towel racks and clothes hangers, comfortable sitting areas...the list goes on!

The food was wonderful. The lamb that I had for dinner was tender and full of flavor. The pumpkin soup starter was creamy and well seasoned and as for the dessert [apple pie] it was top notch...flaky crust, fresh fruit and the perfect blend of spices. Breakfast included eggs cooked to order, fresh fruit, pancakes, bacon, fresh baked bread, and a selection of beverages. The wait staff was friendly and professional. Loved the open air dining and fabulous sunsets.

Appreciated having Wi-Fi access and a charging station for electronics.

I would return to Kikoti if in the area again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sandy V
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2013

We are thrilled to read that we were your favourite accommodation whilst on safari in Tanzania, and would love to welcome you back one day!
The open air dinning experience is truly a magical one, with the stars twinkling over head and the sounds of the African bush accompanying your meal....we believe this is what Africa is all about.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review, and 'Karibu tena' - welcome again!!
Alice

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Kikoti is a small camp with less than 20 tents. The tents are elevated for protection, given that the camp is not enclosed with electric fencing. All of this is very good and adds to the experience. as another writer said: "Very cool having the Masai walk you to your tent after dark." The Masai are armed with a rifle and a flashlight.

Thr rooms are good size and the decor borders on African kitsch. I thought they were colorful and interesting.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. They made us feel like they really wanted us to enjoy our stay. One night the dinner tables were set up outside by the fire pit and we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset overlooking the surrounding landscape. The "indoor" meals were just as nice, since the dining area is open-air.

One other writer really liked the food, but noted that some friends who had stayed at Kikoti the year before weren't impressed by the food. He thought there might have been a change of chefs. We had the same experience. Some friends who had stayed the year before did not like the food. We found the food to be excellent. Although there wasn't anything too fancy, everything was perfectly prepared and tasted great. We went out of out way to compliment the chef. So, yes, there must be a new, excellent, chef this year.

On the negative side there was a colony of bats living between the top of our tent and the thatch roof that covers it for shade. The manager said they were aware of this problem (our tent and others) and that they were going to do something about it. Also, there was no WIFI as the elephants had taken out the satellite dish.

Overall, an excellent choice for Tarangire National Park.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2013

Thank you so much for your thorough review of Kikoti.
We do indeed have a new chef from last year, also a new menu, and Im delighted to hear that you, and other guests thought the food was 'excellent'!
We are aware that unfortunately the bats can cause an issue in some of our rooms, and I can assure you we are in the process of replacing all the ceilings inside the tents, making them all 'bat proof' for the future!
We hope to welcome you back again in the future!
Alice

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Reviewed 10 October 2013

This was the most unique and purposeful tented camps that I have stayed at in over 30 years. the food and accomodations were perfect. Very cool with Masaii walking you to your stilted tents in the dark. This is a not for profit lodge where all proceeds go to preserve the elephant population in Tarangire National Park through antipoaching measures and other means. We loved are stay there and would recommend to all. Huge amount of wildlife in the park.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Jennifer S
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2013

Wow, what a fabulous review! thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your thoughts, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Kikoti camp.
Karibu tena - welcome again!
Alice

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Four of recently stayed here. First, I have to say that the food here is great. Even though it's generally served buffet style it is just excellent. Some friends of ours stayed here last year and weren't impressed with the food so maybe there's been a change of chefs since then.

This camp is different from many camps in that the camp is not fenced in, meaning that the animals can wander through the grounds if they decide to do so. While you're free to walk the paths during the day, at night a Masai has to accompany you to your cabin. The cabins are located on stilts and generally seem to have a very nice view. The cabins have a thatched roof but the interior is canvas. There are no electrical outlets in the cabins but there is a "charging station" up by reception where you're free to leave things charging. Electric lights are available in the cabins at night starting around dark; supposedly the power goes off sometimes during the night but we never had a problem with this, probably because we were fast asleep.

The staff seemed interested in their work and their guests. Dinners are served in the dining area which is open air but has a thatched roof. Sometimes the tables are moved out onto the patio/fire pit area for meals, which is really very nice.

We generally really enjoyed our time here. While here we really felt that we were "on safari". However, there are some things you need to know about the camp:
One thing is that the hot water is supplied to the cabins by someone going to the back of each cabin twice a day and building a small fire in the contraption they have. It heats the water up and it seems to stay hot all day. We never ran out of hot water (there were two of us in the cabin). However, sometimes when the wind was right, some of the smoke from the fire would blow into the cabin for periods of time. It certainly wasn't strong but if smoke bothers you then you need to be aware of it.

Secondly, some of the cabins have a problem with birds and bats living in the area between the thatched and canvas roofs. Our cabin seemed to have a lot of them; our friends next door said that, at most, they might have had a few bats. Let me be clear, they are not in the cabin at all but between the thatched and canvas ceiling; we were able to hear them moving around and making noises during the night and sometimes during the day. Danny, the manager, said that they are in the process of addressing this and already have a plan.

We had planned on a night game drive but this was cancelled because their vehicle was broken. My understanding is that for the night drives they have to have a vehicle with a seat mounted on the front bumper for a spotter. We were told they have three of these but two were out for servicing and the third one developed a problem.

This isn't too big a deal but for those of us who use a safety razor to shave, there is no hot water at the lavatories; cold only. You can shave in the shower but there is no mirror.

The drive from the camp to one of the park entrances is about 20 minutes, depending on how your guide drives. The area between the camp and the park is an area that is used for legal hunting so the game there isn't particularly plentiful though we saw some.

At the time we were there there was no internet access which also meant that they could not take credit cards for anything (i.e. drinks with dinner, special activities). Danny told us an elephant had taken out their satellite dish. So, be prepared with extra cash just in case. There are optional activities (such as the night drive) that may or may not be included in your package stay.

They do offer laundry service but it is hand washed and sun dried. Do take note if you're planning on throwing away some clothes that it's probably best to do it as you're leaving. One of our number threw away some things only to find them washed, dried and folded the next day.
There is a bar in the dining area. Wine tends to be expensive here; the "house red" was $10/glass.

As with all the camps, if you are there in the dry season, be prepared for lots of dust when you're out on the game drives.

Note to other gay travelers: During our time in Africa we stayed at three camps and two hotel or hotel-type places. It was always interesting at check-in orientation as to how the manager would handle the fact that the reservation for two men had requested one bed. Now keeping in mind that we were traveling with a sister and brother-in-law, at orientation Danny, the manager, simply announced that one of our reserved cabins had one bed and one had two beds. Before I could suggest that this wasn't going to work the couple we were traveling with said that they wanted the cabin with the twin beds, so it all worked out. This was the only place we stayed where we weren't asked if we really wanted just one bed in our cabin. At the time we were there the camp was mostly empty.

Bottom line: taking note of the things I've mention above, I would certainly recommend this camp . It's an interesting experience and is rather unique. Again, we found the food to be great, the staff to be welcoming and the accommodations to be rustic in an interesting way.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Wow! Thank you so much for your thorough review!
As Im sure my husband explained to you, we recently had some major work done to our rooms at Kikoti, unfortunately due to an unprecedented amount of rainfall at the time of renovating, some of the work was unable to be completed. While most of our rooms now boast a fabulous 'bat and beasties-proof' roof and ceiling there are still a few rooms that will need to be addressed in our next 'low season'. During the renovations we have also added hot water to our sinks, and plug sockets in the rooms.
Regrettably the camp does not accept card payments. Although we do have a wireless internet facility it is not reliable enough to accept payments from our guests, therefore all payments made in camp must be made in cash.
It is extremely important to us that all our guests feel welcome throughout their stay, and we do our absolute best to accommodate all rooming requests. We will confirm, on arrival your room allocations to ensure you have the facilities requested, and that you are happy and comfortable.
I can only apologise that we were unable to offer your our night game drive experience during your stay. Im sure you will appreciate that the vehicles in camp can really take a beating on the African roads and from time to time need a thorough service!!
We really hope to welcome you back again soon!
Alice

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Great setting with very friendly staff. A wonderful feeling of being surrounded by nature and wild life combined with modern comfort such as free WIFI access. The tents are well decorated and nicely done. All the hotel profits go to the elephant conservation efforts. We had a wonderful time and recommend to anyone that appreciates staying in a beautiful hotel in touch with nature.

Room Tip: No swimming pool or fitness centre.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Maisha_Kikoti, Manager at Kikoti Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely review of our camp! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us here.
I see in your 'room tip' you mention that there is currently no pool or fitness centre...we are excited to announce that we will be adding our pool facility very soon!! We are also researching the practicalities of a fitness circuit within a camp environment - so stay tuned...!!
In the meantime Karibu tena! (welcome again!)
Alice

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