Kigelia Ruaha

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Kigelia Ruaha, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

A grove of Kigelia (Sausage Tree) is home to Nomad's simple tented camp. They fell in love with this camp because of its location in the best game area of Ruaha National Park. They felt it to be a perfect spot from which to explore - the camp's simplicity and focus on the essence of safari being totally in keeping with the Nomad way of doing things.

They only have six tents here and it's certainly not camping like you know it - they've got airy tents that provide shelter from the elements without detracting from the beauty of the natural bush manicured lawns here! The tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and there's a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars (the showers are en-suite but outdoors), and a flush loo. One of the tents is the family tent which has two adjoining en-suite bedrooms.

Highlights: A remote park with fabulous game, particularly cats, big herds of elephant, greater & lesser kudu. Very few camps, wonderful scenery—including epic baobab trees. Open vehicles, walking safaris and great birding.

Game Drives

Guided Walks


Bush Breakfast

No other National Park in Tanzania has the diversity of Ruaha. Elephant in huge numbers are a common site and the population seems to be growing. 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.

Ruaha has an abundance of predators, and a particularly healthy lion population - it's not uncommon to see a pride with twenty or more. We are treated to regular sightings of large males with magnificent manes. The rugged terrain of Ruaha 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.

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