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Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
- A remote park with fabulous game
- Wonderful scenery, including epic baobab trees
- Open vehicles, walking safaris & great birding
Facilities includeWiFi Fantastic food Laundry
- Game Drives
- Walking Safaris
- Fishing on the Rufiji River
Seasons in Tanzania
About Kigelia Ruaha
Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is a simple tented bush camp offering all those creature comforts that you need while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa. A grove of Kigelia (Sausage Trees) is home to this simple tented camp in the Ruaha National Park.
With only six tents it's certainly not camping like you know it - the airy tents provide shelter from the elements without detracting from the beauty of the natural bush setting. Each tent is equipped with a comfortable bed and a wide veranda. The tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and there is a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars (the showers are en-suite but outdoors), and a flush toilet.
The camp has a charm and simplicity which means it highlights the surrounding landscape rather than detracting 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.
The camp kitchen whips up some tasty feasts - simple but satisfying meals served in the intimate dining tent or better still, under the stars. Like all bush camps, there's a camp-fire where the essential sun-downer post safari can be enjoyed as the hot day gives way to cool night.
Kigelia Ruaha has occupied this spot for many years. Kigelia is exemplary in that it lies in the best game area within this vast and beautiful park.
No other National Park in Tanzania has the diversity of Ruaha. Elephant in huge numbers are a common site and the population seems to be growing. Giraffe are everywhere, as are zebra and impala among the other herbivores. Both the greater and lesser kudu occur here, as do the magnificent eland, sable and roan antelope. The Ruaha River also provides an ecosystem on its own with its huge Nile crocodiles, pods of hippo and all the other smaller mammals and reptiles.
Ruaha has an abundance of predators, and a particularly healthy lion population - it's not uncommon to see a pride with twenty or more. Kigelia Ruaha are treated to regular sightings of large males with magnificent manes. The rugged terrain of Ruaha is perfect for leopard and they are seen regularly. The African hunting dog also occurs in the park although their huge ranges make them a little more difficult to find. The same is the case with cheetah. Hyena and jackals are a common camp visitors and their cries are often heard after dark.
At the centre of the park is the Ruaha River which flows into the Rufiji River in the Selous, and on to the Indian Ocean. A number of smaller seasonal rivers all flow into the Ruaha including the Mzombe and the Mwagusi. These waterways are a vital life-source and make for a picturesque backdrop to the animal action. Complimenting this picture are the many low hills and the escarpment that is actually part of the Great Rift Valley. Between this and the plateau that rises in the southwest and runs all the way towards Lunda in the north is the low lying bush at Ruaha's heart.
Much of this area is combretum, acacia and commiphora woodland, with a mosaic of riverine habitats that line the many watercourses. This central valley is covered by numerous baobab trees and the four distinctive main ecological and vegetation zones that occur in the Park. The Ifuguru River, where our Kigelia Camp is located is a seasonal sand river. Along the river are baobab forests, jackalberry and ebony, sausage (Kigelia Africana), tamarind, acacia and Sycamore fig trees. From here there is a gradual change to miombo woodland. This part of the Ruaha region has its own unique flora and fauna, dominated by the brachystegia family. This makes for fascinating walking and driving country, and there is always good resident game around the camp area.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
The nearest airstrip is Msembe Airstrip in Ruaha National Park
There are free airstrip transfers to camp
Daily flights between Ruaha, Selous, Dar (connecting on-wards to Zanzibar and Mafia Island)
Daily flights northbound connecting Ruaha with Arusha (and onward to Serengeti and Manyara)
Southbound flights twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays
Twice weekly flights on Mondays and Thursdays connecting Ruaha with Katavi and Mahale
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
June to September; warm days and cool nights, best time of year for walking safaris. Great elephant and buffalo sightings.
October-November: heavy concentrates of game around the inland lakes, weather dry and hot.
December-March: prolific bird life, many animals calving, weather starts to get humid, with possibility of rain.
The camp is closed April and May.
Laundry: Daily laundry done in camp. Please note the laundry facilities are quite basic and ironing is done with a coal iron.
Power: Rooms are lit by a low energy 220 V system. There are charging sockets available in the mess. Unfortunately hairdryers cannot be used in camp.
Communication: Cell phone coverage possible in some areas. No internet available.
Travelling with children
Children over the age of 8 are welcome.
Children over the age of 12 are able to participate in the walking safaris.
Children under the age of 21 pay 60% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with another child or an adult.
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