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Kigelia Ruaha

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- Pristine wilderness
- Intimate camp
- Family friendly safaris

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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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  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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