Nomad Tanzania: Kigelia Ruaha
LOCATION: In the best game area of Ruaha National Park.
SETTING: In a secluded grove of Kigelia Trees or “Sausage Trees” high on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River.
ACCOMMODATION: Six large safari tents with comfortable beds and wide verandahs. En-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and outdoor safari-style bucket showers under the stars. While there is no running water, hot and cold water is provided whenever requested. Solar lighting throughout.
HIGHLIGHTS: A remote park with abundant game, particularly cats, big herds of elephant, and both greater and lesser kudu. There are very few camps here, so guests enjoy the utmost privacy while taking in the wonderful scenery—including epic baobab trees. Open vehicles, walking safaris, and great birding.
ACTIVITIES: Game drives in open 4WD vehicles, walking safaris, sundowners and bush breakfasts, outstanding mammal and bird viewing.
CHILD POLICY: We are delighted to accept children 8 years or older at Kigelia Ruaha. Children 12 years or older will be allowed to take part in walking safaris.
GETTING THERE: The nearest airstrip is Msembe, Ruaha National Park. Ruaha is accessed by daily flights from Arusha (flights from the Serengeti and Manyara connect to this flight also), Dar, and the Selous. There are daily flights out of Ruaha to the Selous, Dar (connecting onwards to Zanzibar and Mafia), and the Serengeti. Ruaha also features on the twice weekly flight schedule linking southern Tanzania with western Tanzania: flights operate on Monday and Thursday mornings to and from Katavi and Mahale National Parks.
SEASONS: June to September: warm days and cool nights, best time of year for walking safaris. Excellent elephant and buffalo sightings. October to November: dry and hot, heavy concentrates of game around the inland lakes. December to March: prolific bird life, many animals calving, weather starts to get humid, with possibility of rain.
OPEN: Year round except April and May.