No other National Park in Tanzania has the diversity of Ruaha. Elephant in huge numbers are a common site and the population seems to be growing. Giraffe are everywhere, as are zebra and impala among the other herbivores. Both the greater and lesser kudu occur here, as do the magnificent eland, sable and roan antelope. The Ruaha River also provides an ecosystem on its own with its huge Nile crocodiles, pods of hippo and all the other smaller mammals and reptiles.
Ruaha has an abundance of predators, and a particularly healthy lion population - it's not uncommon to see a pride with twenty or more. We are treated to regular sightings of large males with magnificent manes. The rugged terrain of Ruaha is perfect for leopard and they are seen regularly. The African hunting dog also occurs in the Park although their huge ranges make them a little more difficult to find. The same is the case with cheetah. Hyena and jackals are a common camp visitors and their cries are often heard after dark.
At the centre of the Park is the Ruaha River which flows into the Rufiji River in the Selous, and on to the Indian Ocean. A number of smaller seasonal rivers all flow into the Ruaha including the Mzombe and the Mwagusi. These waterways are a vital life-source and make for a picturesque backdrop to the animal action. Complimenting this picture are the many low hills and the escarpment that is actually part of the Great Rift Valley. Between this and the plateau that rises in the southwest and runs all the way towards Lunda in the north is the low lying bush at Ruaha's heart.
Ruaha National Park
Vast & Wild
Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is a simple tented bushcamp offering all those creature comforts that you need while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa.
A grove of Kigelia (Sausage Tree) is home to the camp. It is a perfect spot from which to explore - the camp's simplicity and focus on the essence of safari being totally in keeping with the Nomad way of doing things.
There are six tents here and it's certainly not camping like you know it -it has airy tents that provide shelter from the elements without detracting from the beauty of the natural bush setting...no manicured lawns here! The tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and there's a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars (the showers are en-suite but outdoors), and a flush loo. One of the tents is the family tent which has two adjoining en-suite bedrooms.
The camp kitchen whips up some tasty feasts - simple but satisfying meals served in the intimate dining tent or better still, under the stars. Like all bush camps, there's a camp-fire where the essential sundowner can be enjoyed as the hot day gives way to cool night.
Number of tents 6
Family Tent 1
Style bush tents
Activities :game drives, night drives. walking
Ellie says, " Kigelia has a simple soothing style that calms the spirit and replenishes the world-weary. A wonderful place to retreat and experience the natural world."
Recommended for safari veterans and the natural at heart.
Perched on a rocky outcrop in one of the best locations the park has to offer, Jabali Ridge is a sophisticated retreat with spectacular views of riverbeds studded with spiky palms and broad baobabs. It is an exclusive base from which to discover Ruaha on day and night game drives and walking safaris.
With views over Ruaha from every corner of the room, the guest suites are designed to maximise the stunning landscape beyond. Be it from the bed, the desk or the bathroom, every space is a viewpoint and open to nature. Louvered shutters can be opened completely, blurring the lines between building and nature, or closed for privacy. King sized beds are the perfect place for an afternoon siesta, or simply relax outside on your private deck. Bathrooms are fully equipped with rain showers and flushing toilets.
Number of tents 8
Private House 1
Style - permanent rooms
Activities :game drives, night drive, walking
Ellie says, " Jabali.offers the most luxurious accommodation in Ruaha, sleek and seamless with a natural feel"
Recommended for luxury-seekers.