Kigelia Camp

Ruaha National Park Tanzania

  • Explore Ruaha on foot and by 4x4 vehicle
  • Tents nestled beneath the shade of Kigelia trees
  • Encounter prides of lion and herds of elephant
  • Enjoy sundowners round the campfire
  • Good chances of seeing leopard and wild dog

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, also known as Kigelia, 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 tents, with locally-made beds, a lockable trunk for valuables and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and open air bucket shower for which hot water is provided on your request. A selection of toiletries is supplied. Each tent has a private veranda at the front. There is a larger family tent with 2 en-suite bathrooms. 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, and you can discuss your preferences with your guide, to design your 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, too, and offer a valuable chance to witness local life. This is a good area for photography and bird watching.

Facilities: The main area is set beneath thatch and open to the sides, protected from the sun but admitting any breeze, and houses the living and dining areas, which include a reference library. Sundowners are served round the camp fire facing the sand river. There is a choice of wines to accompany meals. Electrical items can be charged in the main area. 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.

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

You wouldn’t necessarily think that a small open wooden structure with a thatched roof could be a stylish and comfortable place to be in the middle of the bush – it is at Nomad’s Kigelia Ruaha Camp. I loved my 2 night stay here in June 2018. It’s a friendly, well-run bush camp, with an excellent manager (Ken), great camp staff that can’t do enough for you, and my guide Hussein was excellent. Add to that the comfy vehicles and a willingness by the whole team to make your stay here as special as possible, and you can’t help but have a great time in Ruaha if you stay here. Everyone I met here loved the place, and it’s in one of the best wildlife viewing areas of the park.

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