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 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 Selous Game Reserve 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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Selous & Ruaha Accommodation

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

Kigelia Ruaha

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Siwandu

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Tanzania Overview

Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – 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.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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Do I need vaccinations for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

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