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 & Mrs M from Gloucester
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Amazing experience

With just 6 tents, this is a small and intimate camp. During our visit only 4 were occupied and on the last day only us.

The tents were simple with a bush shower on demand and the bedroom with a nice double bed and bedside tables and a simple storage unit for clothes. Food was taken in the main tented area and was excellent as was the service. We loved this camp with its simplicity and yet luxury at the same time.

The staff were great, our guide fantastic, and for the most part, ours was the only vehicle in the whole area. We saw lots of animals and birds of all kinds and came away very happy indeed.

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Mr & Mrs F from Harrow
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great bush experience at Kigelia Camp

We love real African bush experiences and this camp gave just that. The attention given to us by the camp staff was second to none. The phone contact in each tent worked very well. Any request was immediately taken care of and there was no wait for an escort to dinner.

Bush walks were very professionally carried out, informative and really enjoyable with breakfast at the end. We actually spent quite a while watching an 8 foot python slithering through a bush. None of the guides had actually seen one out on a walk before so this was an experience for them as well. The night drive was also really well run and we had great sightings of genets, bat-eared foxes, lions etc.

We had Ken as our guide most of the time. He was excellent, very knowledgeable, an excellent spotter and easy to get on with.

Accommodation was very comfortable, well serviced, private, with everything you needed. Hot water was provided any time you requested for a wonderful bush shower.

We had great experiences of elephant very near and round our tent, giraffe close by, a dwarf mongoose family coming to drink at our garden basin, a shy bush buck and a herd of elephant digging to drink water in the river bed in front of us. A great stay.

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Mr & Mrs H from Sussex
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent camp, great guiding

Really lovely rooms, not over the top or fancy but they gave you everything you needed.

Extremely well run by Ken the camp manager and everything worked like clockwork, seamlessly. We never had to ask for anything and the little touches (like hot water bottles on your car seat on cold mornings) were wonderful.

The food was good, best breakfasts we had were here, and lunch and dinner were lovely.

The game viewing was excellent, we saw so much and with our fantastic guide, Joe, we learnt so much.

We wished we could have had another night!

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Mr & Mrs G from Surrey
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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only one night so no firm view

Only spent one night at camp so difficult to have a firm opinion. Location by small river disappointing as river dried up. In fact Ruaha very dry and wildlife seemed much less than the last time we were there, though that was a different time of year. However as only spent a short time there perhaps not fair to have the above comment!

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fantastic 4 nights at Kigelia

Loved the authentic wilderness feel of the camp, very well organised, excellent service.

Remarkable guiding by Manager Joel: He has outstanding knowledge of fauna, flora, culture and history and a lovely way of delivering facts. He went out of his way to please and made my trip memorable.. The sightings were brilliant during day and night games drives, and while walking. The landscape is beautiful with plenty of Baobabs.

Really had a fantastic time & could have stayed longer!

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Mr A from Great Falls
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kigelia Camp review

This was my fourth Nomad camp, and while they were all excellent Kigelia seemed to raise the bar another notch. Joel and his team ran a very tight ship, with excellent game viewing and great meals. Pinny was extremely personable and granted some terrific insight into Maasai life and culture.

I loved the tents, and this was far and away my favorite bucket shower, with an open-air view over the river bed.

It is a bit colder than the other camps in the mornings and evenings. Guests would be well advised to bring some cool weather clothing.

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Mr & Mrs W from Kent
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A genuine safari experience

Spent 4 nights at Kigelia. A truly genuine safari experience, with strong focus on game drives (6:30am to 12:00 and 4pm to 7pm). Fantastic guiding, and service in the camp was outstanding. Our guide Joel, was excellent, he proved to be the best guide during our whole trip, always willing to stop for photos and find the best position for photos of the animals, scenery and sunset/sunrise.

The night drive was awesome, a great chance to see many nocturnal animals. The manager of the camp (Ken) runs a very efficient operation with all staff seeming fully involved and keen to chat with guests.

A surprise birthday dinner (complete with cake, candles and dancing/singing from the whole team) was most unexpected, touching and very appreciated.

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Dr K from Scotland
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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4 days at Ruaha

A camp with potential to be excellent with a great location and the small size, style and intimacy that I prefer. However after Chada and Greystoke it was a bit of a letdown.

Guiding was at best average and there were several occasions when I missed sightings or photographic opportunities at sightings because my guide was slow to react to movement of the animals and did not anticipate their behaviour so failing to position the car when other vehicles were in a much better position. He was a relief guide from Arusha, not permanently based there and was clearly disadvantaged by a lack of local knowledge of the park and animals.

Camp manager was visible but less involved with guests than at previous camps and did not host meals, only joining us for 30 mins before dinner

Camp and room decor and furniture was a little tired and would benefit from upgrading.

Camp staff were attentive and helpful however and mindful of guests individual needs and preferences.

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Thor & Deb from Vancouver
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent--not quite up to Nomad standards

This was our 4th Nomad camp and it was excellent--but not quite up to the standards of the rest. There was the evening when the waiters forgot to top up our wine because they were having a good yarn at the edge of the mess, and I had to chase them down. There were a couple of times when there weren't any greeting-committee with icy towels when we returned from the drive..... those sorts of little things.

The food was excellent, the guiding was up to the usual impeccable Nomad standards, and the tent was comfortable. I was awaken at 2 AM by a leopard who decided to sit on our porch--and have the footprints to prove it! Wow.

I understand that Kigali is a newly acquired Nomad camp. That being the case, I expect Ken, the affable camp manger, will have it whipped into ship-shape in short order. If need be, send Jean from Katavi. He's have that place humming in days!

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Mr & Mrs C from Surrey
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great Bush Experience at Kigelia CAmp

The rooms are situated above a dry river bed but we saw little game from our tent. We thought the tents were too close together as you could hear other people talking which took away from the solitude we usually enjoy in the camps. The paths to the tents needed some maintenance especially some loose sandy steps which are especially dangerous at night.

The rooms were spacious but needed more storage. We needed a table to put things on and a few more shelves.

Service was excellent and we liked the fact that drinks were inclusive. The staff were not so chatty but we suspect their English was limited. Ken, the manager, was very attentive and professional. Times of meals and drives were very flexible and nothing was too much trouble.

John, our guide and driver, was experienced and very good at spotting animals and even small birds at a distance. He accommodated our interests and we were lucky enough to be on our own in the vehicle. We especially enjoyed the night drive.

The meals were good and freshly cooked. They were quite simple and there were a variety of vegetables.

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