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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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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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