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I left a piece of my heart in Kigelia

We were excited after landing at the airstrip and then we were greeted by our Guide, Hussein. I can't begin to tell you, the great love and admiration we had for Hussein after 4 nights at camp, but I will save that for later. 
Arriving at camp we were greeted warmly by Camp Manager, Ken and the lovely staff. The camp is so rustic and beautiful, set on the banks of the Ifuguru River and nestled amongst Sausage trees. Although the camp is rustic you do not want for anything. The accomodation is beautiful, with comfy beds and if you wish you can have the thick canvas tent walls up at night, allowing just the flyscreen as your wall to give you a more intimate affair with the surrounding bush. Little touches, like the small bird baths at each tent, was lovely as birds gathered to quench their thirst. Bucket showers are lovely and hot and plentiful, (however due to the lovely warm temperatures we chose to have cold showers) not to mention the delicious food which is endless. We were extra lucky to have a full moon on our 4 night stay, which added to the night time visits of all the bush critters from Ellies munching by our tent and calls from Lions and Hyenas. Oh how I miss Kigelia as I write this. On our last night we were treated to a meal set down on the river bed (it is dry this time of year) With traditional foods and an amazing song and dance by the staff, I have to say the night was hypnotic and filled with great joy. ( the efforts that staff went to, to set up this celebration were enormous) A special thank you to the staff that stood on guard in the shadows of the river to keep us safe from wondering critters. Simply amazing.
Now for the game drives. We would head out early each morning and take a bonnet breakfast to eat out in the bush. When we arrived back in camp, Ken was always there to greet us with a warm smile and genuinely cared how our day had been. On every drive Hussein would tell us about the plants the birds and the animals, as we enjoyed together the sights and sounds of Ruaha. Hussein's, skill as a driver was commendable, his knowledge of his surroundings and the way in which he could find all sorts of animals and birds was amazing. However it was the warmth of Hussein's nature, his sense of humour, combined with his knowledge and love of nature that made our stay so memorable and left me in tears when we said our farewell. 
Ruaha National Park, is simply stunning, it is raw and wild and filled with endless beauty. So I say a heartfelt Thank you to you Ken and your wonderful staff. 
To Hussein, I left a piece of my heart in Kigelia, thank you for your warmth and for sharing Ruaha with us. Asante Sana