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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s and East Africa’s largest park with an area of about 20 226 km2 , it is next only to Katavi Park in its untouched wilderness,

but far more accessible. A fine network of game viewing roads follow the Great Ruaha River which courses along the Eastern boundary in a flooded torrent during the height of the rains, but dwindles down to a scattering of precious pools surrounded by a beautiful sweep of sand and rock.During the dry season – impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water. And the risk is considerable…not only from lion prides but also from Cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and Leopards that lurk in the tangled thickets.

 The park history dates back to 1910 when it was gazetted as Saba Game Reserve by the Germans then the name was changed by the British to Rungwa Game reserve in 1946. In 1964 the southern portion of the Game Reserve was gazetted as Ruaha National Park and in 1974 a small section of South Eastern part of the Great Ruaha River was incorporated into the park. The name “Ruaha” originates from the Hehe word “Ruvaha”, which means “river”

Park highlights include:

  • Africa’s largest population of Greater Kudu, distinguished by the male’s magnificent corkscrew horns
  • Spotted and Striped Hyenas as well as the highly endangered African Wild Dog can be found in the park
  • Crocodiles & hippos are seen in the Great Ruaha River in large numbers
  • Over 520 species of birds have been recorded in Ruaha including the rare migrant Eleonora’s falcon, Pel’s fishing owl & Dickinson’s kestrel can be seen the densely wooded areas of the Ruaha River.
  • We offer Night Game Drives, which allow you to see an entirely different aspect of the park, as there are many nocturnal species which can only be seen at night such as Aardvarks, Hyenas, Bat-Eared Foxes, Honey Badgers, Civets & Genets. As well you will be able to view predators such as lions & leopards hunting their prey at night
  • The dry season (Mid-May to December) is the best time to view predators and large mammals, while the wet season (January – April) is best for bird-watching, lush scenery and wildflowers. The male Greater Kudu is most visible in June which is their breeding season.

 Sample Itineraries

24 Hour Prime Time Safari                        2 Days in the Wild Ruaha Safari

 

Activities which we offer in the park include:

  • Bird Watching

    Tanzania is a fantastic birding destinations. With one of the largest species lists of any African country:

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  • Game Drives

    Feel the thrill watching a pride of lions stalk their prey through the long grass of the savannah or family of hyenas playing

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  • Photography Safaris

    Africa has become known as one of the most photographically rich destinations in the world.

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  • Walking Safaris

    A walk through the African bush is a wonderful way to experience the savannah intimately. Getting out of the vehicle

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  • Mobile Camping

    Mobile Camping is an exciting way to experience the sights & sounds of the African wilderness.

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