Set in a secluded grove of Kigelia Africana or ‘Sausage’ trees, high on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River in the Ruaha National Park, Kigelia is an exclusive and totally secluded camp. The backdrop of a baobab forest, rocky hills and the Great Ruaha River makes the camp incomparable.
Recently becoming Tanzania’s largest national park, Ruaha is considered by many to be the definitive game park because it lies at the transition point of the northern acacia savanna and the southern miombo woodlands biome and thus has a tremendously diverse mix of the East African and Southern African wildlife.
For example, this is a rare place where striped hyena from the north, brown hyena from the south, and the wide ranging spotted hyena all co-exist. Likewise greater and lesser kudu mix here. The park is known for its evocative scenery with rugged, highly variable terrain.
The Ruaha River provides the only reliable source of water for a huge area leading to intense wildlife viewing with large prides of lions, Tanzania’s best concentration of elephants, thousands of buffalo, and surprisingly good populations of cheetah, leopard, sable, roan and many other species.
Despite the biological richness and dramatic landscape the park only has four permanent camps/lodges and two seasonal tented camps for a total of just a little over 100 beds, compared to the Serengeti with over 700 beds per night. It is not unusual to go for long game drives in this great park and not encounter another vehicle.
Wildlife viewing is outstanding during the dry season from June through November as animals continue to be drawn to permanent water and concentrations increase. When rain comes the animals begin to spread out but viewing remains good into February when the wildlife becomes much dispersed.
Kigelia Camp consists of six spacious and luxurious tents, with locally crafted recycled wood beds, en-suite flushing toilets and outdoor showers. Guests enjoy an authentic camping experience within a totally wild environment. A larger tent provides the living space for dining and relaxing, with tables and chairs, sofas and a well-stocked reference library. Activities include game drives in open sided 4×4 vehicles and it is an excellent area for walking.
- Outdoor showers