Kigelia Ruaha

The Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s most wild and exciting national parks, not to mention the largest in Tanzania. Baobabs dot the landscape and dry snaking rivers criss-cross the pristine landscape.

The Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s most wild and exciting national parks, not to mention the largest in Tanzania. Baobabs dot the landscape and dry snaking rivers criss-cross the pristine landscape. The dry season (June to October) is undoubtedly the best time to visit, with huge herds of buffalo in the area followed closely by large prides of lion. The national park is home to roughly 10% of Africa’s lion population. The rainy season (beginning in November) is also excellent for birding and many migratory species arrive when the park is transformed and grass and shrubs begin to flower.

A small and intimate bush camp, Kigelia Ruaha has just six airy canvas tents built under thatch that feature ensuite bathrooms with bucket showers, comfortably furnished with chairs and a flush toilet. The camp also has one 2-bedroom family tent built in the same style but with separate ensuite bathrooms. The peaceful main area features a large thatched mess tent, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a convivial campfire where guests enjoy telling stories about the day’s sightings. Dotted around the camp are a number of bird baths while there is also comfortable seating including a swing seat.

Activities at Kigelia Ruaha centre on game drives and bush walks with seasoned guides. In this remote part of Tanzania marvel at the feeling of peace and exclusivity, the chances of seeing other vehicles or safari goers on foot are extremely low. Enjoy bush walks with expert trackers as you search the landscape for wildlife. Balloon safaris are also available floating over this wild landscape.

Location

How to get to Kigelia Ruaha

Fly from Dar es Salaam to the Msembe airstrip in Ruaha National Park where you will be met by your guide and transferred to camp. The flight from Dar es Salaam is incredibly scenic, flying over the Nyerere National Park and the Udzungwa Mountains.

Activities at Kigelia Ruaha

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Balloon safaris
  • Bush dining

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Kigelia Ruaha Highlights

  • Remote camp in Tanzania’s wild Ruaha National Park
  • Open and airy canvas tents under thatch – a bush experience
  • Opportunity for balloon safaris and candle-lit bush dinners
  • Exciting game drives and walking safaris

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Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Nyerere and Ruaha regions. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Kigelia Ruaha

The Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s most wild and exciting national parks, not to mention the largest in Tanzania. Baobabs dot the landscape and dry snaking rivers criss-cross the

Ruaha River Lodge

By Tanzania’s mighty Ruaha River, this superb lodge offers gameviewing by vehicle and even from the verandas of its 24 stone and thatch guest chalets.

Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers Selous comprises of 8 open-fronted guest cottages set on a scenic bend in the Rufiji River, within the vast Nyerere Game Reserve in southern Tanzania.

Siwandu

Set by a lake fed by the Rufiji River, Siwandu is a wonderful lodge with octagonal guest tents in Tanzania's wild, remote Nyerere National Park

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Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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