Rating: Mid-range Price from: £450-£500 pp
Kigelia Camp is set amongst a grove of trees set high on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River in Ruaha National Park. It is a small camp in a vast and beautiful wilderness.
There are just 6 spacious twin/double tents, all with ensuite bathroom complete with flush toilet and open air bucket shower. All tents have a private veranda where guests can relax and enjoy the views to and across the river.
The camp provides daily game drives in open sided vehicles, both in early morning and again in late afternoon. All day game drives can also be arranged, with picnic lunches, drinks and snacks. Guided walks with national parks rangers are also popular.
Back at the camp, delicious meals are served in the dining area or out in the open by the camp fire. There is plenty of choice of dishes and dinner is a 3 course affair. There is a good selection of wines to accompany meals. Sand paths link the guests tents to the main living and dining area. Sundowners are served each evening by the camp fire where you can relax and chat over the day's events.
Open: Kigelia Camp is open all year.
Location: Kigelia Camp is on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River in Ruaha National Park. The camp has a secluded setting in a grove Sausage trees. The nearest airstrip is at Msembe, 20kms from the camp. The camp is close to the Mwagusi River and Great Ruaha River confluence.
Rooms: Accommodation is in 6 spacious, luxury tents, with locally-made beds, a lockable trunk for valuables and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and open air bucket shower with hot water provided on request. A selection of toiletries is supplied. Each tent has a private veranda at the front. The maximum capacity of Kigelia is 12 guests.
Activities: These centre around game viewing in Ruaha National Park. The camp offers game drives and walking safaris, guests can discuss their preferences with their guide, to design their own programme of events. Game viewing includes bush breakfasts and picnic lunches where appropriate. Visits to local villages where Kigelia is involved in community projects can be arranged for guests. This is a good area for photography and bird watching.
Facilities: The main tent houses the living and dining areas, which include a reference library. Sundowners are served round the camp fire looking towards the sand river. There is a choice of wines to accompany meals. Electrical items can be charged in the main pavilion tent. The camp offers a free laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten communally.
Children: Children aged 6 and over are welcome. If the camp is booked for exclusive use, children of any age are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is mobile phone coverage.
Get right off the beaten track with this safari to some of the most remote, but spectacular locations in Tanzania.
Solar lighting, only bucket showers, 'per night' fees donated to the local community for local education & health projects, active members of the Ruaha Conservation Fund......we could go on! This little lodge has its heart in the right place.
"I stopped here for breakfast and it was the best brekkie I had on the entire trip! The camp is gorgeous and the rooms are all really spacious with en suite bathrooms. The mess tent is more like a proper dining room, and is stylishly furnished. Vehicles are lovely! Very luxurious open sided 4x4. All seats are covered and extra padded for comfort over the bumps!"
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499