Ruaha National Park
Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is a simple tented bushcamp offering all those creature comforts that you need while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa.
Daily game drives will get you up close to the multitude of wildlife that reside here. Elephant in huge numbers are a common sighting. Giraffe are everywhere, as are zebra and impala among the other herbivores. Both the greater and lesser kudu occur here, as do the magnificent eland, sable and roan antelope. The Ruaha River also provides an ecosystem on its own with its huge Nile crocodiles, pods of hippo and all the other smaller mammals and reptiles. There is also an abundance of predators, and a particularly healthy lion population - it's not uncommon to see a pride with 20 or more. The rugged terrain is perfect for leopard and they are seen regularly. The African hunting dog also occurs in the Park although their huge ranges make them a little more difficult to find. The same is the case with cheetah. Hyena and jackals are a common camp visitors and their cries are often heard after dark.
Between drives, you can also go on bush walks to give you a totally different experience. You can stand beneath the towering baobab trees, feeling the smooth warm texture of it's mighty trunk beneath your fingers, or crouch to examine the antics of an ant lion as it hunts from a sandy cone in the dust. Walking gives you an appreciation of the tranquility, complexity and vastness of the African wilderness and being in the company of a trained and experienced guide both ensures your safety and opens the door onto the wonders of your natural surroundings.
The 6 tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and there is a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars (the showers are en-suite but outdoors), and a flushing toilet. One of the tents is the family tent which has 2 adjoining en-suite bedrooms.
Simple but satisfying meals are served in the intimate dining tent or better still, under the stars. Like all bush camps, there is a camp-fire where the essential sundowner can be enjoyed as the hot day gives way to cool night.
All meals and shared safari activities are included.
Children aged 8 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Only children over 12 years of age will be allowed to take part in walking safaris.