Kigelia Ruaha Camp


A grove of Kigelia (Sausage Tree) is home to this African tented camp. 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.


As the newest member of the Nomad portfolio, this camp is in the best game area of Ruaha National Park. It is the perfect spot from which to explore - the camp's simplicity and focus on the essence of safari being totally in keeping with the Nomad way of doing things.


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 sundowner can be enjoyed as the hot day gives way to cool night.


Tents at Kigelia Ruaha Camp


There are only have six tents here and it's certainly not camping like you know it - the camp features airy tents that provide shelter from the elements without detracting from the beauty of the natural bush setting...no manicured lawns here! The tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and there's a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars (the showers are en-suite but outdoors), and a flush loo.


Activities at Kigelia Ruaha Camp


When in one of Africa's biggest game spots, the thing to do is to get out and explore. There are comfy custom-built open game drive vehicles which are perfect for traversing the beautiful and varied habitats of the park. Game drives are the best way to get up close to the multitude of wildlife that calls Ruaha home; big-maned lions, great herds of elephant, the handsome greater kudu or statuesque sable.


Between drives, you can also get out on foot. Being on your own two pegs gives you a totally different experience. You can stand beneath the towering baobab trees, feeling the smooth warm texture of it's mighty trunk beneath your fingers, or crouch to examine the antics of an ant lion as it hunts from a sandy cone in the dust. Walking gives you an appreciation of the tranquility, complexity and vastness of the African wilderness and we think it's one of the best things you can do on safari. Being in the company of a trained and experienced guide both ensures your safety and opens the door onto the wonders of our natural surroundings.


The camp staff are great fans of "going out" for breakfast and enjoying a sundowner in a beautiful spot. These things are rare treats in the safari day and something that you wouldn't do back home, which frankly is the only reason you need for doing them!


Kigelia's lovely location is also an attractive spot for local bird life and many an early morning or afternoon can be spent wondering around camp with a pair of binoculars to see what's around. It doesn't have to be "all go" on safari...sometimes it's good to just be.


Ruaha National 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. We 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 center 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.


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