Kigelia Ruaha is an exclusive tented camp situated on the banks of the Ifaguru River in the eastern region of Ruaha National Park

Kigelia is an exclusive camp offering an authentic bush experience combined with good service and very comfortable tented accommodation. The camp has a tranquil location (you pass through incredible Baobab forests en route into camp) overlooking the Ifaguru River with good access to the game-rich Mwagusi River Valley and Ruaha River areas, as well as more exclusive areas to the east. Run by Nomad Tanzania, the camp offers a very friendly welcome with excellent guides and a fairly communal ambience. The camp will suit people prioritising a wilderness escape, personal hosting and a good game viewing experience, with the chance to walk and also undertake night drives (at extra cost).


The camp is small and exclusive, catering for just 14 guests in six simple but comfortable safari tents including one family tent which consists of double and twin en suite tents side by side under Makuti thatch. Each tent is set on the ground…


Ruaha National Park was previously part of the huge Rungwa Game Reserve, with which it shares its north-western boundary. In 1964, it was gazetted as the National Park. The terrain within the park is well wooded and undulating. The Great…


Kigelia accepts children eight years and older but with its remote and adventurous feel and the fact that animals are often in camp, we feel Kigelia is best suited for older children (12 years and above). There is a good family unit though…

Conservation & community

Nomad Tanzania, owners of Kigelia, set up the Nomad Trust in 2007. The Trust supports wildlife and people in the remote areas in which Nomad operates where, bordering the national parks, human and wildlife conflict can often…

Location Ruaha National Park
Access Scheduled or Charter flight into Msembe and 45 minute drive
Open June to early January
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Tented camp
Focus Big game / Birding
Children 8 years + (12+ for walking)
Activities Game drives (by day and by night) / Guided walks
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving No
Number of Rooms 6 tents (including 1 family tent)
Family Accommodation 1 two bedroomed family tent
Bathroom Flush toilet / Sink with water jug / Outdoor bucket shower
Power for charging In room
Lighting Electric
Hairdryer Not possible
Heating/Cooling Standing fans
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room Radio
Wi-Fi No
Mobile Reception No
Swimming No
Wellness No
Dining Style Communal
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Not accepted