The thing that makes this place the best safari in all of Africa are the people that own and run the place. Well maybe its the private game preserves that they have EXCLUSIVE access to. No its got to be the most amazing chef in all the lands. But it could be the best tent I have ever stayed in in my life. Actually it is the tranquil peace of paradise right on the Blythe River where the hippos live that is the setting for the camp. However, it could be the completely open Land Rover that carries no more than 9 people. The more I think about it, it is the incredible ability and determination of the tracker/guides to find you the best experience with animals in the world. The reality of it is there is not a single negative thing to say about this place.
We stayed 9 nights with a Discover Corps tour, which to be honest I thought was going to be way too long to stay in one place in Africa, but it turned out that I really wanted to stay longer. Conraad and Lilly (who own the lodge/camp) make a perfect host combination. Conraad is the most talented tracker/guide in the world and Lilly greats you when you come back from game drives and makes you feel like you are at home. They have hired two other Tracker/guides in Donovan and Elliot that help and run many of the game drives. These guys bring an amazing experience to the trip. They are knowledgeable and funny and really fit in with everyone on the trip. Then when you come back Lilly has hired Gemma to help with the hosting duties and she is the most amazing cutest little lady that is an incredible hostess that really gives you the feeling that you are part of their little family.
I would highly recommend staying at Rukiya camp when in Africa and I would highly recommend staying for several nights. The more the better because these guys are the absolute best.
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