Kigelia Camp


In Ruaha National Park

Accommodation Type

Permanent Lodge

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

Kigelia Camp

This simple yet good quality bushcamp is in Ruaha National Park’s untrammelled wilderness. If you prefer your gameviewing without crowds, and relish the simple authenticity of a well-run, eco-sensitive tented camp, Kigelia is for you.

Kigelia is one of the few camps located in this large park which has prolific and diverse wildlife, and really surprisingly few visitors. As well as a wide variety of game, predators and birdlife, Ruaha’s vast wilderness is also home to the largest elephant population found in any of the Tanzanian national parks, and it is dotted with ancient baobab trees. Daily game drives in open-sided vehicles or bush walks are offered.

Kigelia is in a natural bush setting in a grove of (what a surprise!) kigelia trees. This small bushcamp is wonderfully intimate, with comfortable tented accommodation, and you can enjoy delicious communal meals in the dining tent or in the open air next to the campfire. This camp is owned and run by Nomad Tanzania, who focus strongly on good guiding. frica.

Times to Go

The best game viewing is in the dry season from June to November. The green season is better for keen birders, though most camps, including Kigelia, close in April and May.

Kigelia Camp tents

The six spacious guest tents are furnished with locally-crafted bedroom furniture.

The en-suite has a flushing loo and an adjoining open-air hot water bucket shower.

Each tent also has a private veranda.

There is a central thatched pavilion with living and dining areas and a reference library.

Kigelia Camp highlights

  • Ruaha is relatively little visited
  • Great game drives in open sided vehicles
  • Bush walks with national park rangers
  • Visits to local villages to see Kigelia’s community projects

Tanzania Specialists review

Amanda Marks“You wouldn’t necessarily think that a small open wooden structure with a thatched roof could be a stylish and comfortable place to be in the middle of the bush – it is at Nomad’s Kigelia Ruaha Camp. I loved my 2 night stay here in June 2018. It’s a friendly, well-run bush camp, with an excellent manager (Ken), great camp staff that can’t do enough for you, and my guide Hussein was excellent. Add to that the comfy vehicles and a willingness by the whole team to make your stay here as special as possible, and you can’t help but have a great time in Ruaha if you stay here. Everyone I met here loved the place, and it’s in one of the best wildlife viewing areas of the park.”

READ AMANDA’S BLOG: Tribes’ director Amanda Marks stayed at Kigelia Camp in June 2018. You can read her blog about this for a personal view of the camp experience.

Kigelia Camp location

Kigelia Camp


  • 6 safari tents
  • Open June to March
  • Children over 8 are welcome, though
    if the camp is booked for
    exclusive-use all ages are welcome


  • Mobile phone coverage


  • Daily game drives in open sided vehicles
  • Walking safaris
  • Visits to local villages to see Kigelia’s community projects
  • Sundowners around the campfire
  • Bush breakfasts

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“This camp has solar lighting, bucket showers, and a small eco footprint. Nomad Tanzania, who own the camp, run a Trust which supports projects I conservation, education and health.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.