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Tale of the Tape

A Tale of Two Tent Camps in Tanzania

B18741323af158bd5201ac001791832b2e0eaf8510 PhotosKigelia Ruaha and Kuro Tarangire
If you’re going to stay in a tent on the African plains, better cast your lot with some folks who know all about tents in Africa. Here then: two new tent camps by one of Tanzania’s top outfitters.

Meet Kigelia Ruaha and Kuro Tarangire (pictured), your new options for camping-that-doesn’t-feel-like-camping in the African bush. Decisions, decisions.

While you’re getting comfortable on the fence, we’ll weigh the options for you, tale-of-the-tape-style...

The Locations
Kigelia Ruaha: On the Ifuguru Sand River in Tanzania’s south, this super-remote camp, open year-round, sits in a grove of Kigelia or “sausage trees.”
Kuro Tarangire: Farther north, near the Silale Swamp in Tarangire National Park, this one’s open during the dry season only (June to November), lest things get too swampy.
Edge: Kigelia Ruaha. You’ve always wanted to spend New Year’s Eve on the Sand River.

The Game
Kigelia Ruaha: This is where the predators are, from leopards to hyenas to lions.
Kuro Tarangire: Massive herds of elephants, buffalo and zebras. Also 550 species of birds.
Edge: Kigelia Ruaha. Big cats always win out. Just try not to look delicious.

The Tents
Kigelia Ruaha: Six huge tents with verandas, solar lighting and hot water on demand—the better to fill your bucket shower.
Kuro Tarangire: Same as above, only those bucket showers are en suite.
Edge: Kuro Tarangire. You demand privacy in your bucket-related amenities.

Vitals

Kigelia Ruaha
via Nomad Tanzania
Ruaha National Park
United Republic of Tanzania
official website

Kuro Tarangire
via Nomad Tanzania
Tarangire National Park
United Republic of Tanzania
official website

Extras

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