Experience a safari you will never forget within this famous and accessible conservation region. Explore pristine bush stretching a staggering 20 226 square kilometres. The Great Ruaha River is the life-blood of spectacular Ruaha National Park, carving its way through the centre of the reserve.
Discover the most intense congregation of animals in East Africa on the banks of the Ruaha. Explore perpetual hunting grounds for lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal, hyena and the rare African wild dog.
It is worth seeing the other rivers in the Park – the Mwagusi, Jongomero and Mzombe – lush ecosystems providing shelter for wildlife.
Revel in the rolling hills and large open grasslands studded with thick skeletal baobabs of Ruaha. Explore its natural springs, wetlands, hot water springs and kopjes. It is no wonder that tourists experience excellent wildlife viewing in this diverse and dramatic landscape. Look out for the rare Grant’s gazelle and Lesser kudu – often found grazing harmoniously with Greater kudu.
Imagine 12 000 elephants migrating through the greater Ruaha ecosystems every year? Ruaha is home to the largest elephant population in any of the Tanzanian national parks. On your safari find crocodiles, monitor lizards, snakes and myriad smaller creatures. Ruaha is a birder’s paradise – seek some of the 570 bird species in their natural preserved habitats. Seek out the migrants that fly from as far away as Europe, Asia, Australia and Madagascar!
Black and white colobus monkeys play in the riverine forests while elegant sable and kudu like the longer grass and shady wooded areas along the river. Fishing is popular in Rufiji River – catch Tigerfish and slippery Vandu catfish which can cross land to find water using its primitive lungs when it is dry!
The park’s roads are accessible all year round if you want to see predators and large mammals, come in the dry season, mid-May to December. If you want to see birds, come in the green, wet season.
Find Ruaha National Park in south-west Tanzania, about 625km from the vibrant Dar es Salaam metropolis.
Explore several cultural and historical sites of southern Tanzanian tribes in the park. The Arab caravans crossed here on their early trade routes, travelling further north by 1830.
Then came European explorers, Burton and Speke, in 1857 to 1858. Later, Chief Mkwawaalso used these same routes to visit his chiefdoms in Sangu and Gogo.