Reviews of Kigelia Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
28 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kigelia Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Great bush experience at Kigelia Camp"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania
"Excellent camp, great guiding"
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!" See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
"only one night so no firm view"
"Fantastic 4 nights at Kigelia"
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!" See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 6n in Zambia
"Kigelia Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 20n in Tanzania; 6n in Rwanda
"A genuine safari experience"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania; 5n in Rwanda
"4 days at Ruaha"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania; 1n in Kenya
"Excellent--not quite up to Nomad standards"
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!" See all these reviews: 25n in Tanzania; 3n in Rwanda
"Great Bush Experience at Kigelia CAmp"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
"Great game in Ruaha"
We had great game drives. We were able most of the animals in just 1,5 days: many lions, leopard, elephants, giraffes, impalas, kudus. The game drives were varied and our guide John was very good in spotting the animals.
We also enjoyed a walking safari which offered us a different view of the savana.
Kigelia Camp is very comfortable. The tents are well furnished and with a good view of the savana. The camp staff was welcoming and attentive. The meals were good and it was very enjoyable to eat with all the guests, a moment to share the experiences of the day. The evening drinks at the campfire were very nice." See all these reviews: 14n in Tanzania
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