Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
At a Glance
A stylish bush retreat at the heart of Ruaha's top wildlife area
Off-the-beaten-track, low impact safari as it should be
Nomad Safaris' fantastic guides get you up close to the magnificent wildlife
Beautiful big elephant herds, large prides of lion, wild dog, plentiful cheetah and the elusive leopard - just some of the highlights
'The park that time forgot. Ruaha is Africa the way it once was.'
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Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, typically considered the best months for game-viewing as the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources and the grass is grazed and trampled down. Selous and southern Tanzania is typically hot and humid from December to May, without a dry period to break up the rains, so travel is not recommended during the British winter months.
Call us on to start planning your holiday to Kigelia Ruaha or take a look at our itineraries to Selous and southern Tanzania
Kigelia is a hard-to-beat luxury bush camp experience in unspoilt Africa, far from the madding crowds. Ruaha is a true African wilderness. Home to incredible wildlife and the perfect national park to visit in combination with the Selous Game Reserve.
Kigelia Ruaha is an elegantly simplistic camp, set in the best game area of the vast Ruaha National Park, high on the banks of the Ifuguru sand river. Here the charming and airy tents are set beneath the boughs of the Sausage Tree (Kigella Africana) from which the camp takes its name. The camp is the ideal place from which to set out exploring the immense wilderness that surrounds you.
Each of the six individual tents are spacious and well furnished with natural and locally crafted pale wood furniture. Your en-suite bathroom has a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars and a flush loo. Each has a mokuti thatch roof to keep it cool during the hotter months.
After a thrilling and exhausting day of game viewing you can unwind around the camp-fire with your sundowners, gazing at the baobab silhouettes and the stars. Simple but delicious meals can be served to you around the fire or in the separate dining tent.
From sunrise to sunset, Ruaha National Park is full of adventure and unique African beauty. The very comfortable 4WD cars allow you to enjoy your game drives without the drawback of an aching posterior. Expect to stumble upon lions, leopards, cheetah, zebra, giraffe and baboons among many others, all the while being serenaded by birdsong from the wonderful and prolific bird life.
With just six airy safari tents, the presence of the camp is kept light. Experience true pristine wilderness, and low-impact safari sleeping in authentic but supremely comfortable canvas en-suite meru tents.
The camp welcomes children over the age of 6 years. There are no special activities or services for children but the guides at Nomad are excellent at tailoring a safari accordingly. It should be remembered that this is a true big game wilderness and there are no fences around camp. Wildlife regularly moves through camp during the day and at night.
Meals are taken communally when in camp. Stories are swapped at dinner after a cool drink around the camp fire in the evenings. Flexibility is key when operating in an area like this. Picnic breakfasts and lunches are easily prepared, for those after a more leisurely start, full breakfast in camp can set you up for the excitements of the day.
The Nomad Safaris team are excellent at accommodation any dietary requirements, a heads up of preferences is all that's required.
The principle activities in the Ruaha are game-drives and walking safaris. Search for elephant and lion, greater and lesser kudu, the magnificent and rare sable, as well as all the smaller and elusive creatures that make Ruaha home.
Sophie Levey (Staff)
Kigelia is a simple but stylish bush camp for those wanting to totally immerse themselves in nature. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Ruaha National Park, this feels like a truly authentic wildlife experience.
"In a grove of sausage trees in Ruaha National Park on the banks of the Ifuguru river in the best game area in the park, with large herds of elephant, big prides of lion and regular predator interaction.'
Searching for big cats in Ruaha
Spend your days in Ruaha searching for their resident big cats - lions lounging in the sun on the rocky kopjes, cheetah stalking their prey through the grassy savannah and a leopard lurking in the boughs of a tree.
Walking safaris in Ruaha
There's nothing quite like the exhilaration of a walking safari and Ruaha National Park is a prime spot for exploring on foot.
Location & directions
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, East Africa.
How to get there
Kigelia is a 90-minute flight from Dar es Salaam, followed by a drive of about 45-minutes to an hour to the camp itself.