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
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 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.
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.