Kigelia: The Lowdown

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The owners of Kigelia spent a long time searching for the perfect safari camp in the Ruaha– when they met Kigelia, they knew it was perfect, and we’d have to agree.

What’s Kigelia really like?

Kigelia is a camp for proper safari-lovers. The six large safari tents lie in a grove of sausage trees overlooking a sand river. They’re very comfortable, but unfussy- at Kigelia your luxuries don’t come at the expense of the wilderness, instead, they’re provided by it. Kigelia is in a fantastic part of the Ruaha for game viewing, with wide verandahs to enjoy the view from, and showers open to the stars. You have bucket showers and jugs of hot water to wash with, while lighting is supplied by solar panels, ensuring your footprint on this fragile world is a delicate one. Meals are eaten in the communal dining tent, or under the stars when the weather’s right, and your end of day sundowner’s drunk around a blazing campfire. And just occasionally, you might find yourselves surprised by a breakfast or sunset drink where you least expect it…

What can I do at Kigelia?

Activities at Kigelia focus on game drives, which are the best way to get up close to the big game- in particular the herds of elephants and the big cats that are often spotted in this area of the Ruaha. Walking safaris can also be arranged, though as this requires a bit of advance booking with the park authorities, please let us know if this is something that you definitely want to do.

Giving back at Kigelia: Kigelia’s owners have long been committed to ensuring their camps have a low impact on the earth, and this is evident throughout camp with little touches like the solar-powered lighting. They’re also committed to Tanzania’s future and empowering their staff- a fantastic training programme means that waiters and porters can hope to eventually become a safari guide or manager.

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