Kiba Point is owned and operated by Nomad Tanzania, an adventurous safari company with an impressive portfolio. Among Nomad’s properties are Serengeti Safari Camp, Entamanu Ngorongoro, and Greystoke Mahale, all favourites at YZ! The company also runs Sand Rivers, which is situated just a mile upstream from Kiba Point. This smaller property is booked on an exclusive basis for up to eight persons. The price includes accommodation, all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, Wi-Fi, and a laundry service. The camp is closed from mid-March to early June every year.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is usually accessed via brief game drive transfer from Kiba airstrip. It has a fabulous location on the banks of the River Rufiji, surrounded by trees.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
There are just four bedrooms, each within a timber, stone, and thatch cottage. All cottages are raised above ground level and completely open fronted, enabling guests to enjoy the beautiful river views! Interior furnishings include a king-size bed with mosquito nets, bedside lighting, an end-of-bed low bench, a seating area with two chairs and a coffee table, and a couple of comfy mats on the floor. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, indoor step-down shower, and outdoor walk-in shower. Outside, there’s a spacious deck complete with private plunge pool! The deck also has sunloungers, and some lounge and dining furniture, so it’s the perfect spot for spending a little time away from the camp’s communal areas.
In common with the cottages, the communal structure at Kiba Point is made out of timber, stone, and thatch. Its thatched roof is raised in two places, to open up the structure and create spectacular vistas over the river! In the lounge, comfortable sofas strewn with colourful cushions are set up around a central coffee table, with a number of occasional tables providing spaces for lamps, artefacts, and reading material. There’s a small bookcase too, and the camp’s bar is found in a corner. This area flows through into the dining room, where a large table is positioned in readiness for communal meals. There are plenty of other places for dining, however, such as your own cottage and various locations within the camp’s grounds. Both breakfast and lunch are provided buffet style, and when you eat is entirely up to you. You can also choose whether or not to partake of afternoon tea at 4 o’clock. Dinner is always a filling three courses, encompassing a range of international cuisines. Often it’s enjoyed on Kiba Point’s deck, alongside the refreshing swimming pool! The camp has a fire-pit too, set up just a few metres from the river.
Kiba Point is well placed to offer an exciting mix of activities. As the camp is booked on an exclusive basis, you can decide when you’d like to head out on safari! The Selous’ rippling plains, woodlands, and numerous water sources provide habitats for a real wealth of wildlife. You can expect to see all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – in addition to ample smaller predators and herbivores, not least cheetah, hyena, jackal, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and all sorts of antelopes! The birdlife is equally impressive, with approximately 440 types of feathery friend recorded at last count.
Game drives from Kiba Point are ideal for exploring all over the reserve, while walking safaris allow close scrutiny of particular areas. It isn’t unusual for your guide to combine these activities, so you might start out from camp in the 4×4 and hop out once you’ve seen something worth pursuing on foot. Another pastime here is boat trips, presenting wonderful opportunities to observe hippos, crocs, and waterbirds including great white pelicans! As the boat is almost silent while it drifts along the river, you can get very close to the wildlife. You can also have a go at fishing, and even swimming in the Selous’ lakes. And fly camping is available at extra cost – please contact a member of the YZ team if you’d like to discuss this activity and anything else about staying at Kiba Point.