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Kigelia Ruaha

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Pristine wilderness
- Intimate camp
- Family friendly safaris

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Overview

Kigelia Ruaha is a simple but sophisticated Nomad Tanzania property in the Ruaha National Park, Southern Tanzania. This intimate lodge is located in a prime game area, with breath-taking surroundings.

A seasonal, luxury camp, Kigelia is named after the surrounding sausage trees and has a firm focus on providing an authentic safari experience. Conscious to keep its footprint to a minimum, the only communal area is an open sided mess looking out over the river. Here is where you will enjoy your meals or sit and relax at the end of a day’s safari.

An important game reserve and one of the wildest in Africa, Ruaha National Park is one of the finest locations for safari. Professional guides lead twice daily game drives through the wilderness with common sightings of lion, elephant and Kudu. With any luck, the elusive leopard and cheetah might also be seen. In between vehicle safaris, guests are encouraged to head out on foot to get a closer look at the flora and smaller fauna, or grab a pair of binoculars for some top bird watching. Sundowners and breakfast out in the bush can also be arranged.

With only six guest tents, the camp maintains a quiet presence amidst the stunning scenery. Each tent is large and airy with sophisticated, locally crafted furniture and luxury furnishings. All the rooms have private verandas and en-suite bathrooms with outdoor, safari-style bucket showers and flush toilets. Hot and cold water is provided on request. A family tent is available with two adjoining bedrooms that can comfortably house a family of four.

Children over eight years old are welcome at Kigelia Ruaha. However, some age restrictions do apply and children must be at least twelve years old to take part in walking safaris. Where possible, guides will do their best to tailor safaris to individual family needs. Wildlife does tend to wander through camp and while it’s unlikely that animals will approach humans or tents, parents must keep children under constant supervision.

Kigelia Ruaha offers all the creature comforts in a truly wild setting. This is an ideal choice for any traveller looking to escape the beaten track.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 495 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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