Kigelia Camp

Reviews of Kigelia Camp

Excellent(97%) From 29 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 29 of our travellers who have visited Kigelia Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr Steve from Hope Valley
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kigelia Camp review

We had 4 nights at Kigelia, and again, all was good there. The staff, the food, the guiding were all excellent.

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Alice from Los Angeles
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Wonderul experience at Kigelia!

I am so happy that Kigelia was the camp we chose for our first safari experience, with Sand Rivers in Selous as our second stop. We went to Africa with our family of 4 including our son and daughter (15 and 12). The camp itself was so well-thought out. The tents were luxurious, much more so than glamping, and the outdoor bucket shower added to the experience. Eating an amazing dinner under the stars each night was fabulous. The food was always fresh and delicious with a gorgeous dessert.

I had selected this camp because of the slightly more rugged feel to it and the closeness of the animals to camp given the camp's placement next to a dry river bed. I was not disappointed. We had elephants roaming through camp a couple nights and vervet monkeys playing around our tent during the afternoon. There were also many species of birds enjoying the bird baths outside the tents and communal areas. There is wifi in the communal area so an occasional check-in with the outside world is possible.

Ruaha is vast and beautiful. We had so many sightings of elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, buffalo, and even a honey badger, which we were very excited about. The night game drive was an interesting experience. Our game drives overall were very enjoyable. I was concerned that my hard to please kids (teenagers are a challenge) would get bored with constant game drives, but they loved the experiences. We are also avid birders and saw more than 100 species during our trip.

Lastly, the best part of this camp was its people. We were very fortunate to have Ken, the camp manager, as our guide. We learned so much about the animals including birds, their behaviors and habitat, Tanzania, and his view of the world. Ken is amazingly in tune with current events although he lives in such a remote area. He runs his camp so efficiently (e.g., we always received cold towels upon returning from our game drives and hot towels on the night drive and our bucket showers were always ready upon returning from a game drive). But best of all, there is a very warm atmosphere created by the people working there. We enjoyed talking to Steven, Pinny, Nicholas, Oscar, and especially Joseph, who announced the menu around the campfire each night.

After we left, the kids still talked about missing Ken and Joseph, which is unusual for them. If you wonder whether teenagers would like going on safari, don't hesitate. My husband, who wasn't keen on going on safari because it was so far from Los Angeles where we live, has talked about going back to do another. This was such a bonding experience for our family. We enjoyed our dinner conversations each night (without electronics) and even heard our son and daughter talking and laughing together each night after we were escorted back to our tents, so it was a good sibling bonding experience as well. It felt like a once in a lifetime experience, but we hope to experience it again soon. Thank you, Ken and your staff, for making our first visit to Africa so special.

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Mr W. from Cheshire
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A genuine and rewarding safari experience

Excellent bush camp that is well set out and located and provides a first-class service for the relatively basic type of camp that it is. The relatively small size overall, the tents and the layout and surroundings of the camp make for a genuine and rewarding safari experience. The welcome and service from the team there and their commitment and attention to detail was first rate.

Apart from the animal sighting we saw and photographed a wide variety of birds.

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Lisa & hubs from Nashville
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Night safari is fantastic!

Dinner under the stars every night was truly special. The staff almost bend over backwards to respond to your slightest desire. Food and drinks were excellent. The tents are well separated, so you have a great sense of privacy. They are very roomy, and the bathroom area is also very large, with the shower outside. This is good and bad. If you take a shower before or after lunch, you bake in the midday sun, but having it outside keeps the tent nice and dry. It was really nice to sit out front and enjoy my morning coffee (dry season - no bugs!). It was certainly different to have a "Wifi area" where you went if you needed to connect with the outside world, but having that option was very welcome, that far from civilization

Hands down, our favorite activity was the night safari. It's an extra $59 per person charge, payable in cash, but definitely worth it. We were taken out for over 3 hours, and saw an amazing variety of animals. We were even so lucky as to see a leopard!

After being with the guide at this camp (very average), we realized how great we had had it with our previous extremely knowledgeable guides. This was our first safari trip, so we had no expectations or comparisons.

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Ms KFS from Salt Lake City
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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I liked almost everything about Kigelia Camp.

Every creature comfort is met at Kigelia Camp. It is a lovely place to sleep and eat in the wild.

My only comment is about the safari guides. Where at Manza Camp the Safari truck always had a driver and a guide (and both were excellent), at Kigelia Camp the Safari truck was driven by the guide. The driving on severely rutted road is exceedingly difficult and even dangerous and takes incredible concentration. It is literally impossible for a driver to also be looking into the bush for animals every minute. It is also impossible for him to give as much detailed information about the animals as a guide who is not driving. The difference between the quality of the bush experience in Kigali and Manza was striking for this reason.

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Ms W-M from Utah
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kigelia Camp

Kigelia Camp was fantastic, guides were knowledgeable and very educational.

Staff were very attentive, loved hot water bottles in the evening bed and seats for very early morning departures.

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W Party from Chorleywood
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A proper bush camp

A real bush camp which blended perfectly with its surroundings. The forests of baobabs in this part of Ruaha are spectacular and we were impressed by the variety of habitats in the park.

Our preferred routine of early start and back for brunch was again organised for us.

Our guide, Husain, had very good eyes and was a good birder but had a tendency to ask us where we wanted to go, which wasn't really what we needed. He only had one speed of driving, which was slow so we didn't get as far in the park as some other guests but this is nit-picking as he was a good guide but I suspect he lacked confidence.

Our last night was somewhat spoilt by the arrival of a French VIP group, who rather took over the camp.

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Mr K & Ms C from Germany
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good stay and activities

Park was a bit more crowded than I had expected.

Good lion viewing and bush walks

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Mr & Mrs R from Aberdeen
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great stay and game viewing at Kigelia camp

We enjoyed our return to Ruaha and much preferred Kigelia camp to where we stayed last time. Kigelia camp was well run by Ken, very friendly with good service and the tents were comfortable and cool under a thatched roof, The meals were very good and varied.

We did not have the exceptional game viewing of our previous visit to Ruaha as this time the park was very very dry and the river had stopped flowing with little water remaining. However our guide Eliasat was very knowledgeable and worked very hard to give us really good sightings which included leopard, more than one pride of lions and wild dog. We also saw big herds of buffalo, amazing birds a python and numerous other good animal sightings. We had a good night drive seeing lions in love, hyena, jackal and civet. We also had a lovely walk along side the Great Ruaha River bed which had ponds full of hippo and crocodile catching fish.

We hope that the the Great Ruaha River water flow is managed and the park gets lots of rain in the next rainy seasons

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Mr & Mrs G from Surrey
Arrived on: 3-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kigelia Camp review

For us, our time at this camp was made by the excellent range of game that we were able to view. Our driver/guide was outstanding.

With just six tents, the camp is small and in fact for most of the time there we were the only occupants. This was a contributory factor to the excellent and friendly service received, although it meant that there was a lack of atmosphere that is typically generated by a group of guests returning from a game drive.

The food was rather disappointing, probably made worse by the low level of consumption.

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