TANZANIA – Kiota Camp

Kiota Camp- a 6-star hotel and much more
First of all, let us apologise for not posting but we were in the wilderness of the Serengeti and had no Internet in the bush. Not even any mobile phone net. Well, in the camp we had access to bush TV, which means all the guests sitting by a fireplace, sipping drinks and talking. So not much as the modern technology is concerned, but we didn’t even care as Kiota Camp itself provided all the luxury  and comfort and even more.
Now we have a terribly slow internet and I doubt the pictures will go through but we are happy to share at least the written part of the post. If Kiota pictures do not get through, you can visit their website:-). Kiota Camp Serengeti should be enough to google.
Kiota Camp is a permanent camp situated in Seronera- central Serengeti- right in the middle of savannah. It has 10 tents for guests and all have a beautiful colonial interior design. We fell in love with the place and the staff at first sight!
When we arrived the manager called Hubert welcomed us at the parking lot with fragrant warm towels and a glass of cold hibiscus tea. His wonderful team took care of all our belongings so we could just follow Hubert to the lounge where he gave us a short briefing. Let me quote some camp rules for you.
So, as the camp was in the wild we could expect any animals to come close to the tents. That is why we weren’t allowed to leave the tents at night and after sunset we always had to call an attendant to come and escort us to the dining tent and back. We were also told to look around carefully before we leave the tent in the morning and in case we face a lion we should just enjoy taking pictures first and then call for assistance by means of a walkie-talkie;-). Believe it or not, but the second night there was a haiena by the tents and in the Kiota sister camp called Chaka there was a lion near the tents  roaring at night. Every tent had a walkie-talkie as well as a whistle and a flashlight. Taking a shower was an adventure too. We first had to ask for water (by walkie-talkie) and once it was heated at a stove, the attendand came to fill the buckets in and told us we could shower. There was a limit of 20 liters per person but while we were showering the attendent was outside by the tent and when the water finished he was there to offer an extra bucket. We took on an africa- friendly approach and never used more than the limit.
In the evening before dinner all the guests were welcome to watch bush tv:-). That meant all of us ordering some drinks and sitting by the fire in front of the dining tent and talking.
The food at Kiota Camp was delicious!!!!!! We enjoyed every meal there as much as the dining service. These guys there are doing an amazing job!!!!! Not only was the food great but also the tables were set beautifully and all the crockery was so elegant and chosen with great care and good taste. Actually so were all the furniture as you can see in the pictures.
After dinner we returned to our tent to find that somebody had sprayed it with a lovely fragrance, put all the blinds down and placed hot water bottles in the bed. Can you believe? Has any 5-star hotel spoilt you so much? And it all took place in the bush in Africa!
This is not all. In the morning we were woken up the a time we told Huber the night before and there was hot coffee and milk and cookies waiting for us at the table in front of the tent.
You can’t even dream of more!!!! These guys get up so early and even the manager is up and going before 6 am to make sure that all the guests got their wake up coffee and everything else they might have asked for (eg lunch boxes) and are simply happy.
The lunch boxes were sooooo rich and sooo delicious! When we got a lunch box from Manyara Lodge I just gave it all away to Masai children in the village as I didn’t like it all. But all the Stacey’s lunches were always amazing and we ate them all. I should have explained to you that Stacey from Duma Explorer is also the owner of Kiota and Chaka.
At Kiota I liked their bush Xmas tree so much that Hubert (with the permission of Stacey) sold me the glass balls from the tree. The glass balls are made from recycled glass in a factory in Arusha and I hope to visist it on the way to the airport as we are flying from Arusha to Zanzibar.
We spent two night in Kiota and one in a sister camp called Chaka in Ndutu area.
Chaka camp had all the design, comfort and luxury of Kiota but to make it even more exciting Chaka is a nomad camp that follows the Great Migration and changes its location every 3-4 months. Seriously, I do not know how they manage to move it and still provide all this amazing standard of accomodation and this breathtaking interior design? I am looking forward to seeing Stacey and congratulating her. We don’t know her but Tomasz believes that she must be an American dreamer for whom impossible is nothing. Plus this great taste and her paying attention to decor details. If you ever plan to come to Serengeti, you need to experience these two camps! Anna I hope to have been of some help in planning your honeymoon. 
It was so sad to leave:-(. Of course Hubert and his team were there to say goodbye, which made it even harder:-(. See my farewell picture below.
I guess no words can describe how amazing the camp and the staff are and what atmosphere there is. It is the place and the design and the food and the people in the first place that make it such an  unforgettable experience! Perhaps the pictures can tell you more.
Last but not least, we should say thank you to Dorota from  Moremi Africa who chose and booked the camps for us!!!!!!!
Oh one more detail, in Chaka there was no door in the public toilet by the lobby, but there was a Masai spear to be put in the middle of the entrance and thus signal that the toilet is being occupied.  Marcin, “to jest Afryka…….” :-):-):-):-):-)
Kiota Camp- 6 gwiazdkowy hotel i duzo wiecej
Po pierwsze, przepraszamy za brak postow ale bylismy w dziczy Serengeti gdzie nie bylo Internetu i nawet telefony nie mialy zasiegu. Byla tak zwana Busz TV, to znaczy wszyscy goscie siedzacy wokol ogniska przy drinkach i rozmowie. Pomimo ze najnowsza technologia jeszcze tam nie dotarla, to sam Kiota Camp oferowal wygode i luksus na najwyzszym poziomie.
Kiota Camp to permanentny oboz namiotowy ulokowany w Seronerze- centralnej czesci Serengeti. Oboz dysponuje 10 namiotami dla gosci i wszystkie maja piekny kolonialny dekor wnetrza. My zakochalismy sie w miejscu i obsludze od pierwszej chwili.
Jak juz dotarlismy po Kiota po dlugim dniu na safari, na samym parkingu przywital nas manager Hubert z paroma innymi osobami ze swojej ekipy. Witano nas herbatka z hibiskusa i cieplymi cudownie pachnacymi reczniczkami. Chlopaki z Kioty zajeli sie naszymi bagazami a my poszlismy z Hubrtem do lobby aby dowiedziec sie paru waznych szczegolow technicznych dotyczacych obozu. Pozwolcie ze przytocze Wam troche zasad pobytu w Kiota Camp.
Z racji tego ze oboz znajduje sie w samym buszu, powinnismy sie spodziewac ze dzikie zwierzeta beda podchodzic pod namioty. Dlatego tez nie wolno nam bylo opuszczac namiotow po zmroku i zawsze musielismy wzywac kogos z obslugi aby mas odprowadzic na kolacje i do namiotu. Kazano nam rowniez rozgladac sie rano przed opuszczeniem namiotu w celu upewnienia sie ze nie ma zadnego dzikiego zwierza przed wejsciem do namiotu. W razie gdyby sie trafil lew to najpierw powinnismy spokojnie pocykac zdjecia a potem wezwac kogos z pracownikow obozu za pomoca walkie- talkie. Uwierzycie ze w druga noc kolo namiotow krecila sie hiena zwabiona jedzeniem a podczas naszej nocy na siostrzanym obozie Chaka w poblizu namiotow w nocy ryczal lew. Wielka przygoda bylo rowniez branie prysznica. Najpierw musielismy zameldowac gotowosc na prysznic a nastepnie chlopaki przynosily w wiadrach podgrzana na piecu wode i dostawalismy sygnal do kapieli. Przypadalo 20 litrow na osobe i nam zdecydowanie wystarczalo. Ale podczas gdy bralismy prysznic pracownik obozu stal na zewnatrz i jak sie woda skonczyla to pytal czy dolac. My przyjelismy bardzo ekologiczna postawe i nigdy nie bralismy dodatkowego wiaderka.
Wieczorem w porze kolacji najpierw wszyscy goscie byli zapraszani do ogladania Busz TV. Oznaczalo to tyle ze siadalismy przy ognisku, zamawialismy drinki i czekalismy na wezwanie do obiadu. Jedzie w Kiota bylo pyszne!!!! Kazdy obiad byl wysmienity, obsluga rowniez. Wielki szacunek i gratulacje dla tych wszystkich pracowitych i przemilych chlopakow. Nie tylko jedzenie zasluguje na pochwale, ale takze wystroj namiotowej restauracji, nakrycie stolow i same naczynia. Wszystko wleganckie i wybrane z gustem. Takie tez byly kolonialne meble w namiotach jak widzicie ma zdjeciach.
Po kolacji wracalismy do namiotu ktory pieknie pachnial  a w lozkach czekaly cieple termoforki. Uwierzycie? Zaden hotel tak nie rozpieszcza! A tu takie rzeczy w Afryce.
I to nie wszystko! Rankiem budzono nas o wskazanej przez nas porze a przed namiotem na stoliczku juz czekala goraca kawa i coasteczka. Nie mozna chciec wiecej, prawda? Te chlopaki wstaja tak wczesnie, nawet sama manager Hubert juz o 6 rano byl na nogach i upewnial sie ze wszyscy zostali obudzeni wedlug zyczenia i przywitani kawa lub herbatka wedlug zyczenia. I sprawdzal czy kazdy ma gotowy lunchbox do zabrania na safarii i czy po prostu jest zadowlony od switu. Lunch boxes w Kiota i w Chaka byly uromaicone i takie pyszne. Dwa razy dostalismy lunch na droge z hotelu i byl tak marny ze ja swoj oddalam masajskim dzieciom w wiosce. Ale te od Stacey byly zawsze rewelacyjne i zjadalismy wszystko. No ja prWie wszystko bomczasem sie dzielilam z dziecmi przy drodze. Aha zapomnialam powiedziec ze wspomniana wczesniej Stacey z Duma Explorer to rowniez wlascielka Kiota i Chaka.
Wyobrazcie sobie ze w Kiota spodobaly mi sie dekoracje na choince i Hubert za zgoda Stacey sprzedal mi co chcialam. Dekoracje szklane zrobione w fabryce w Arushy gdzie zamierza, sie wybrac w drodze na lotnisko w Arushy skad lecimy na Zanzibar.
W Kiota spedzilismy dwie noce a w Chaka tylko jedna- Chaka znajduje sie w Ndutu.
Chaka oferuje dokladnie ten sam design, komfort i standard ale rozni ja to od Kiota ze jest obozem przenosnym. Chaka co 3-4 miesiace przemieszcza sie w inne miejsce podazajac za Wielka Migracja. Naprawde nie wiem jak oni sa w stanie tak czesto sie zwijac i rozwijac i zachwac taki standard i taki piekny design wnetrz. Juz wyczekujemy na spotkanie ze Stacey aby jej pogratulowac. Nie znamy jej w ogole ale Tomasz obstawia ze to jakas amerykanska marzycielka dla ktorej nie ma rzeczy niemozliwych. Ten swietny gust i prywiazanie do szczegolow- czapki z glow! Jesli kiedykolwiek wybierzecie sie do Serengeti to te dwa obozy sa must! Anna, mysle ze bede pomocna w planowaniu Waszego honeymoon.
Smutno bylo wyjezdzac, zwlaszcza ze Hubert z innymi chlopakami odprowadzili nas do samego samochodu. Zdjecie pozegnalne ponizej.
Mysle ze zadne slowa nie sa w stanie opisac tej niesmaowitej atmosfery obozu i tej mega obslugi. Miejsce, design, jedzenie ale przede wszystkim ludzie sprawiaja ze to miejsce jest tak niezapomnianym doswiadczeniem. Moze zdjecia pokaza
Dziekujemy serdecznie Dorocie z Moremi Africa bo to ona wybrala dla nas te miejsca i zarezerwowala nasze noclegi.
Jeszcze jeden szczegol, w Chaka w publicznej toalecie przy lobby nie bylo drzwi ale byla masajska dzida ktora nalezalo wbic w srodek wejscia i zaznaczyc ze toaleta zajeta. Marcin, “to jest Afryka……..” :-):-):-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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