Kigelia Camp

Reviews of Kigelia Camp

Excellent(96%) From 26 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 26 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.
The C family from Colorado
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent Camp & Wildlife Viewing

We came to Ruaha National Park for the renowned wildlife viewing away from the crowds typical of the Serengeti, and we were not disappointed. The game drives were varied and our guides were excellent, positioning the vehicle to optimize lighting and composition of photographs. Furthermore, our guides taught us to see - animal behaviors and interactions, symbiotic relationships, birds, edible and medicinal plants... And then there were the iconic African sunsets!

Kigelia Camp is very comfortable. The thatch covered tents are well spaced providing a sense of complete privacy. The family area which we occupied consists of two spacious tents set up next to each other, a king bed in the parent’s tent and two twin beds in the children’s tent, with each tent having its own en-suite bathroom. I especially enjoyed watching the vervet monkeys playing in the sausage tree shading our tent, as I washed off the heat of the day in the thatch screened, open air bucket shower.

The camp staff had dug water holes in the sandy Ifuguru riverbed in front of our tents. These water holes attracted many colorful birds during the heat of the day, including a brown-necked parrot, as well as several animals during the morning and evening. Other notable animal sightings from the sitting area in front of our tent included a pair of bull elephants browsing in the brush beside our tent a mere 10 meters away.

The camp staff was welcoming and attentive. The meals were delicious and the evening campfire was delightful. Kigelia Camp gets my highest recommendation.

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The Y family from Vermont
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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ruaha heaven

Kegalia had wonderful game viewing and we had the camp to ourselves.

We loved it, but the tents were quite hot (not shaded) and the common tent relatively small had the camp been full. We were told that they are moving to a different site on higher land so perhaps this will be corrected then. Also even one fan in the public tent would have made a big difference in the midday heat. By sundown the individual tents were nice and cool.

The staff was diligent about bringing water for the showers and the food was excellent.

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Mr & Mrs G from Newcastle
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Elephants at the bedhead

We have visited many camps in East Africa over the last 14 years and give this one, run by Nomad, extra stars. The accommodation is good and the food superb. In fact, the food does really deserve a special mention.The guides were patient and excellent.

We loved it, even though we found the 37C+ heat of mid-November a bit punishing in the middle of the day. We would go again to any Nomad camp, but we would avoid this hottest time of the year in Ruaha. Of course, the lack of water does mean that there are more animals around any water that there is and it was great fun (for us rather than the eles) watching the elephants dig water holes in the dry river beds as well as tearing Baobab trees to shreds.

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Mr & Mrs R from Atherstone
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kigelia Camp - luxury in the bush

Again a wonderful place to stay with very good guides and staff.

Great to sit around the camp fire with a sundowner.

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C Plowdog from Sydney
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Excellence in the bush

Kigelia was a great experience in the Ruaha. It was remote, hidden among the trees, and only had 6 tents for guests. It had a couple of resident elephants who joined us every so often, at one time looking closely into the mess tent.

Mollel our guide was magic. He found so many animals for us: 17 lions in one spot and a single cheetah were probably the highlight although we also saw a leopard on the amazing night drive (as well as genets, an african hare, an African fox, and many night creatures), and many elephants, buffalo, birds (the highlight being a small owl), kudu, zebra and giraffes of course, jackals, hyena, warthogs, hippo etc etc. We ate at night under the stars and were excellently looked after.

Hot water was always available and the food was great despite the remoteness. Thanks to Musa, Godfrey and the team for excellent service. Don't miss the Ruaha or Kigelia Camp.

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Mr & Mrs G from Cambridge
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kigelia camp review

Camp in a beautiful setting by the dried up river, with elephants often close to camp and birds at a drinking dish. Musa is an excellent manager. Molel was a knowledgable guide and keen to stop to look at all wildlife. His knowledge of birds was good and he is keen to develop it further.

The tent was lovely and spacious and very comfortable. We overlooked the dry river bed and could hear lions roaring at night on the other side. Early morning tea and biscuits were always welcome and kept us going until breakfast which was taken in the bush. We had the best bacon and egg sandwiches EVER on smoky toasted bread! We often sat by a beautiful part of the river watching the birds and wildlife coming down to drink. It was stunning.

I especially enjoyed seeing many of the Tanzanian mongoose species here at Ruaha. We also saw a large lion pride and a beautiful male leopard.

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