Kichuguu is situated in the south of Tarangire. Its name translates as ‘termite mound’ in Swahili, in honour of this natural phenomenon safarists find in abundance throughout the national park.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Kichuguu may be accessed via road transfer from Tarangire Gate, a journey of 45 minutes. Alternatively, guests may fly in to Kuro Airstrip, which is just 5 minutes from camp. The site is surrounded by acacia trees and the property is eco-friendly, using solar power and recycled materials.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Communal facilities are housed in two canvas tents – one for lounging and one for dining. Each boasts furniture sourced from Arusha, set out on a smart wooden floor. The lounge tent contains plenty of comfy chairs and sofas around coffee tables, in an array of cool colours – blue, purple, and mauve. There is also a drinks cabinet. In the dining tent, chic wooden tables flanked by upright chairs are neatly laid for meals involving gourmet Swahili cuisine. The education centre, intended primarily for young safarists, includes termite mounds in its design, while the campfire area a short distance from the tents is perfect for gatherings come nightfall – here you can chat with fellow travellers about your safari day!
Guest accommodation at Kichuguu consists of nine tents, all dotted around the grounds with 15–20 metres between them. Like the communal tents, each is canvas with a wooden floor. Guests can opt for a king-size bed, twin beds, or triple beds. Other features include bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a digital safe, and a power point with universal adaptor. The palette is similar to that of the lounge tent, though with more of an emphasis on a calm slate blue. A curtained aperture within a partition wall leads to the en-suite facilities, comprising flush toilet, twin washbasins, and classic bucket shower! At the front of each tent is a private veranda, with chairs and a small table. This is a smashing little spot for checking out the local wildlife.
Activities from Kichuguu focus on seeing all the animal action – big and small! – of Tarangire. Game drives are available by day and by night, and you can also take part in walking safaris. The sprawling plains, vast woodlands, swamplands, and river valleys of the national park are home to a very impressive assortment of predators and herbivores.
Lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog are just a few of the meat-eaters you can expect to see here, while among the vegetarians are elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, and eland. There are primates too, such as vervet monkey and olive baboon, and those famous termite mounds are highly popular with mongoose! Bird species number over 550, and the park holds plenty of interest for fans of insects and plants.