How to get there
Daily scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam and Arusha to Msembe Airstip by Coastal Aviation and Safari Air Link.
Latitude / Longitude: -7.550000, 34.950000
Our Locals' Tip: A small intimate tented camp on the banks of a flowing river in Ruaha, off the beaten track where other safari vehicles are seldom seen.
Kigelia Camp is away from the usual safari circuit and within the spectacular and remote Ruaha National Park. A small and discreet, semi-permanent camp located on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River and truly in amongst the bush it is not uncommon to find the local wildlife visiting the door step of your tent or passing through the camp both day and night. The subtle colonial charm of the camp will whisk you into a breath-taking safari environment of sunsets, baobab trees and intimate encounters with nature from the moment you arrive.
Ruaha is a park of exclusive game viewing and AfrikaAfrika will provide a professional guided experience throughout your stay to ensure you receive the very best it has to offer. AfrikaAfrika operate an intimate tailor made safari experience where social and environmental priorities for the surrounding area and communities are as highly placed as the exquisite guest experience. By placing a minimal human footprint on the sensitive ecosystem of the Serengeti, AfrikaAfrika intend to protect African natural environments, educating local communities to develop sustainable methods of stewardship and gain their own revenues through responsible tourism.
Kigelia Camp Accommodation
In such a remote and natural position the comfort and safety of AfrikaAfrika’s guests is the prime consideration at all times. The under canvas camping experience in the depths of a national park can seem a daunting prospect, however the camp is designed for safe relaxation amongst nature and the luxurious tents certainly prove that.
The camp has only six guest tents, ensuring that the camp is intimate and minimal in its impact on its surroundings. The tents all accommodate twin or double beds and are beautifully decorated in a neutral African style. All tents are en-suite with an internal flushing toilet and an open air hot water shower to enjoy privately under the stars. A large pavilion tent provides a communal living space for dining and relaxing, with tables and chairs, comfy sofas and a well-stocked reference library.
The spacious walk-in tents blend in seamlessly with the surrounding bush, with each tent boasting a spacious veranda area under the shade of a Baobab or Sausage tree from which to enjoy the exclusive vista of the surrounding river and its wildlife.
Kigelia Camp Facilities
A typical day for guests to Kigelia begins with freshly brewed tea or coffee delivered to your tent at whatever time guests desire. Breakfast and lunch are usually served in a large Pavilion tent, but can also be served as a bush breakfast next to the Ruaha River or as a picnic during longer game drives.
Evenings begin with Sun downers around a crackling campfire whilst overlooking the river and its wildlife. Drinks are then followed by dinner under the stars as guests are treated to a wide selection of freshly prepared dishes using only the finest of ingredients including locally sourced fish, meat and vegetables where possible. Guest are able to choose from a wide selection of wines, beers and other drinks as they relax and unwind in this unique environment.
Ruaha National Park is home to a variety of animals and birds and guests are encouraged to experience this amazing array of wildlife with either an on-foot on driving safari. At all times guests are accompanied by expert guides, enabling them to benefit from their years of knowledge and experience of the park and its wildlife – often resulting in spectacular photo opportunities! Every itinerary is bespoke meaning you get to choose what you do when – and at what pace.
Game drives are tailored to suit guests, to include bush breakfasts, picnic lunches or Sun downer drinks as they desire.
Kigelia Camp Location
Kigelia Camp is set on the banks of Ifguru Sand River, in Tanzania’s beautiful Ruaha National Park.
For more details click on the Kigelia Fact Sheet.
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Best For Whom:
- Families With Children
- Mature Travellers
Best For What:
- Off The Beaten Path
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