Kigelia Camp: reconnect with the rhythms of the planet, regain perspective, restore your spirit and experience adventure away from the tourist hordes. From sunrise to sunset and beyond, Ruaha National Park reeks of adventure and remote beauty. From majestic baobabs with millennia of wisdom to sand rivers; from thick bush to plain: Ruaha is the unsung hero of Tanzania's parks. To experience it at its best, Kigelia Camp (one of the superb set ups run by Tanzanian-based Afrika Afrika Safaris) is the obvious choice.
Nestled in a remote grove of Kigelia Africana trees, known by many as 'sausage' trees due to their distinctive hanging pods, the camp sits on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River and is as far from bright city lights and modern urban stress as you can imagine. Surrounded by baobabs which, if they could speak, would surely share the wisdom and secrets of their ancient lives the six luxury tents blend perfectly with the quite unique location. As a guest, I felt myself to be at once part of, yet safely protected from, the enveloping bush which offers a constantly changing chorus of excited birdsong as well as more thrilling close encounters with the larger indigenous species.
Quite brilliant food and plenty of sundowners/ camp fire tipples/ filled wine glasses punctuate the days with comforting regularity and nothing is too much trouble for the excellent staff: imagine hot water bottles ready in the cushioned Land Cruiser for those chillier early morning game drives.
If you are very lucky, you may be treated to the unparalleled enthusiasm for, and breath taking knowledge of, the bush and its flora and fauna by Afrika Afrika's Vera Heydenrych. Vera is a unique font of passion and wisdom and will give your safari a rare dimension. No matter if she is guiding in one of the other camps: all Afrika Afrika's guides are fine spotters and bursting with fascinating facts.
What more to say? Ruaha is not the easiest park to reach but those who make the journey are richly rewarded. Kigelia is not to be neglected from any serious safari itinerary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kigelia Ruaha is where you go when your soul seeks the humbling solitude of giant baobabs, the exhiliration of encountering Africa's big cats or great herds of elephant; where the focus is on experiencing nature and not the gold taps, and where you can feel at home while simultaneously enjoying the care of a dedicated team. Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is a simple but beautifully put together tented bushcamp offering all those creature comforts that you need, while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa. ... more less