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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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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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