Lodges

Kigelia Ruaha Camp

Take a walk on the wildside

Kigelia Ruaha Camp

Unlike most temporary camps, Kigelia has a modicum of luxury that is in keeping with its external environment. Constructed of canvas to leave as little foot print on the land as possible, there is nothing but the relaxing necessities to distract you from the surrounding beauty. It has a remote setting under kigelia (sausage) trees and overlooking the Ifuguru Sand River. Enjoy the daily game drives with a worthwhile walking safari thrown into the mix for good measure. Wonderfully positioned for predator sightings, herds of elephants, buffalo, giraffe and much more. There is never a dull moment at this camp.

At the lodge

The hotel

A simple bedouin tented structure, set beneath the boughs of the Sausage trees providing shade during the heat of the day. Housing both the lounging and dining spaces, creating an inviting environment for mingling and swapping safari stories. Throughout there is a twist of African elegance, with patterns and colours tasteful worked into the neutral khakis. The sitting area has sturdy wooden furniture with puffy pillowed seats and a scattering of wilderness guide books. At the other end is the dining table surrounded by chairs and a well stocked coffee station. Spread in various external areas there are foldout directors chairs for midday relaxation. Off to one side of camp is the evening campfire, a communal spot for a sundowner and a catch up.

The rooms

The six large canvas tents are spread out in a linear pattern, away from the central camp. Blending into the bush seamlessly, each tent enjoys views of the dry river bed, a highway for the local wildlife, elephants i particular. Internally there is an elegant minimalism, with mesh windows, hand woven carpets and a double or twin beds with soft linen. The en-suite bathroom comes with bucket showers, plenty of hot water and an eco-flush toilet.

On safari

Experiences

Morning and afternoon game drive is a great way to explore the incredible landscapes of the Ruaha National Park, providing the opportunity to follow lions or wild dogs on the hunt. Don’t waste anytime back at camp extending morning game drive into a full day of safari with a picnic. Walking safari takes a slower pace, stopping to appreciate the finer details missed by a noisy vehicle, relying on just your senses and an expertly trained guide, a thrill is sure to be had. Bush breakfasts and dinners out under the stars create a novelty that just can't be beat.

When to go

Ruaha by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are relatively high, with peak rainfall for the year occurring.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures have cooled, but are still quite high with rainfall expected over this period.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures have cooled, but are still relatively high, with rainfall expected over this period.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time of plenty, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • Towards the end of the rainy season some of the roads might become impassable.

April

Season: Wet
  • Although still warm, the lowest temperatures are experienced in April, with rainfall dropping to just a handful of days across the month.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time of plenty, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • Migratory birds begin their journey North in April.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • Be aware, many accommodations close down during this month, more to have a break than lack of desirability.

May

Season: Dry
  • Although still warm, the lower temperatures are experienced with rainfall dropping to just a handful of days across the month.
  • The end of the green season has arrived, signalling birds to migrate, vegetation to thin and wildlife to cluster around the water sources once more.
  • Dwindling water sources cause animals to congregate along the Ruaha River, improving your chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Tourist numbers in the park rise slightly but at no point does Ruaha ever feel crowded.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures begin to heat up with low humidity and little to no rainfall expected.
  • Perfect game viewing conditions, as the dry season sets in, vegetation will begin to dry out and recede, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Dwindling water sources cause animals to congregate along the Ruaha River, improving your chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Tourist numbers in the park rise slightly but at no point does Ruaha ever feel crowded.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

July

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.

August

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high, with low humidity and little to no rain expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

October

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and humid until the arrival of the first rains, ending the dry season.
  • Vegetation bursts forth with renewed life, changing from browns and khakis to a lush green, with the arrival of the seasonal rains.
  • A drop in humidity, lack of dust and high hours of sunlight, make for great photographic conditions.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The start of the wet season can see a spike in the number of mosquitoes, so have that insect repellent at the ready.

December

Season: Wet
  • The wet season has arrived, temperatures are still high with consistent afternoon showers.
  • Vegetation bursts forth with renewed life, changing from browns and khakis to a lush green, with the arrival of the first rains.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The start of the wet season can see a spike in the number of mosquitoes, so have that insect repellent at the ready.

Wildlife


Expect a variety of wildlife in the intimate Ruaha National Park, a region characterised by mixed acacia vegetation, rolling savannah and the skeletal baobabs that dot its countryside. Look out for species such as lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and a guest favourite: the African wild dog. Not to be forgotten is the magnificent birding of Ruaha, with over 450 species colouring the landscape.

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