The other reviewers who call out just how excellent this place is are spot on. The setting, the accommodations, and the staff were all just great. It's well run, friendly, organized...they really go the extra mile, and the overall feel for the place is captured in how the staff seem to all really enjoy their jobs. Had almost a family run feel to it - they all work together to make it a great experience. Campfire each night, and Masai did a dance demo which was very cool. We did the night excursion which was a blast - we didn't get too lucky on seeing anything big, but careening off through the bush in the middle of the night chasing eyes in the night was just plain fun. We also did their guided walk up to the rocks where there is a great view and a slew of baboons hanging out. It was well worth it - fabulous sunset over Taranquire, and we also got to see our first buffalo on the way up.
Taranquire is worth putting on your itinerary - more elephants than we saw anywhere else. Kikoti Camp is on the far side of it - very quiet, view of the lake in the distance from the raised tents which were really nice...much nicer than we had expected them to be.
There were three of us (45+ yrs old, friends) on our trip and we all agreed that of the five places we stayed in Tanzania on safari and in Zanzibar, Kikoti Tented Camp wins the prize for "best accommodation". We can't take credit for finding it though...we booked through Infinite Safari Adventures, which btw, is a great company to go with if you are looking for a "middle of the road" trip that is not bargain basement roughing it student style, nor high end over the top expensive/posh. Kikoti was a good example of that - great place, great experience, reasonable price.
In the interest of balance, there was one slight negative to Kikoti - prices on drinks were somewhat high. Hmmmmm...or perhaps we just drank too much? Have fun!
- Also Known As:
- Kikoti Tented Camp Hotel Tarangire National Park