Kigelia Ruaha

Kigelia Ruaha is where you go when your soul seeks the humbling solitude of giant baobabs, the exhiliration of encountering Africa's big cats or great herds of elephant; where the focus is on experiencing nature and not the gold taps, and where you can feel at home while simultaneously enjoying the care of a dedicated team.

The camp itself has just six airy tents set beneath the boughs of the Sausage Tree (Kigelia Africana) after which it was named. It has a charm and simplicity which, for us, means that it highlights the surrounding landscape rather than detracts from it. Falling asleep under canvas to the calls of leopard, and waking in the dappled light of the sun as it peers through the bush is simply magic.

Game drives in open 4WD vehicles
Comfy custom-built open game drive vehicles are perfect for traversing the beautiful and varied habitats of the park. Game drives are the best way to get up close to the multitude of wildlife that calls Ruaha home; big-maned lions, great herds of elephant, the handsome greater kudu or statuesque sable.

Walking safari
Between drives, you can also get out on foot. Being on your own two pegs gives you a totally different experience. You can stand beneath the towering baobab trees, feeling the smooth warm texture of it's mighty trunk beneath your fingers, or crouch to examine the antics of an ant lion as it hunts from a sandy cone in the dust. Walking gives you an appreciation of the tranquility, complexity and vastness of the African wilderness and we think it's one of the best things you can do on safari. Being in the company of a trained and experienced guide both ensures your safety and opens the door onto the wonders of our natural surroundings.

LOCATION: 
In the best wildlife area of Ruaha National Park, on the banks of the Ifiguru seasonal sand river. 

ACCOMMODATION:
Six large safari tents with comfortable beds, wide verandahs and thatch roofs. Traditional safari en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and outdoor safari style bucket showers under the stars. Hot and cold water on demand and provided as and when requested. One large family tent with two en-suite tented bedrooms under one thatch roof.

CHILD POLICY:
Children over the age of 8 at Kigelia Ruaha. Only children over 12yrs are allowed to take part in walking safaris.

ACTIVITIES:
Game drives in open 4WD vehicles, walking safaris, sundowners and bush picnics, outstanding mammal and bird viewing in one of Tanzania’s wildest parks.

HIGHLIGHTS:
A remote park with fabulous game, particularly big cats, vast herds of elephant, greater & lesser kudu. Very few camps, wonderful scenery—including epic baobab trees studding the open plains. Open vehicles, walking safaris and great birding.

SEASONS:
June to September; warm days and cool nights, almost cold, best time of year for walking safaris. Great elephant and buffalo sightings. October-November: heavy concentrations of game around the Ruaha and Mwagusi rivers, weather dry and hot in the day. December-March: prolific bird life, many animals calving, weather starts to get more humid, with possibility of rain. 

GETTING THERE:
Access to Kigelia Ruaha is via Msembe Aistrip in Ruaha National Park with free airstrip transfers. Daily flights between Ruaha, Selous, Dar (connecting onwards to Zanzibar and Mafia). Daily scheduled flights are also available connecting Ruaha with Arusha (and onward to Serengeti and Manyara). Twice weekly flights on Mondays & Thursdays connecting Ruaha with Katavi and Mahale.

OPEN: 
Year-round except April and May. 

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Country: 
Special: 

2018 Stay and Pay Specials:
Stay 5, Pay for 4*
Stay 7, Pay for 5*
*Can combine Nomad camps. Valid until Dec 20, 2018 (except Greystoke, Lamai & Mkombe's House July- Spetember)

2019 Stay and Pay Specials:
Stay 4, Pay for 3 (Single camp special. Valid year round)
Stay 5, Pay for 4** (Valid year round until Dec 21 (except Jul-Sep)
Stay 7, Pay for 5** (Valid year round until Dec 21)
**Can combine Nomad camps. 

Honeymoon Special:
50% off for the bride

Valid for new reservations only. Restrictions apply.