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Ruaha National Park

Tanzania Safaris - Ruaha National Park
Tanzania Safaris - Ruaha National Park

There's no need to seek out the Tanzania Safari wildlife in Tanzania's second biggest National Park. The moment your plane touches down, a line of zebras parade across the runway, and a leggy giraffe races through the distance past the baobab trees.  Your Tanzania Safari has begun!

The largest elephant population of any East African national park, numbering approximately 10,000, amble through the landscape along the banks of the Great Ruaha River. This rugged wilderness is the best place to spot impala and waterbuck as they risk their lives for a sip of water as they're stalked by lions, cheetahs and leopards. Striped and spotted hyenas hang around, waiting to clear up after the kill, and if it's antelopes you're interested in, Ruaha has the whole Tanzania Safari range, from Grant's gazelles and lesser kudus, to sable and roan antelope, and the corkscrew-horned Greater Kudu.

Ruaha is one of the best kept secrets in Tanzania Safari circles, and with less than a fifth of the number of tourists who flock to Serengeti, you'll have the place almost to yourself on an isolated and exhilerating Tanzania Safari. Our fully trained guides will point out the 1600 different species of plants and 450 different bird species to be found here, from crested barbet, to lovebirds and ashy starlings.

Tanzania Safaris - Ruaha National Park
Tanzania Safaris - Ruaha National Park

Authentic Tanzania Safaris uses a secluded private campsite in Ruaha on the banks of a dry sand river bed often visited by elephants seeking water, and overlooked by a vast rock outcrop to offer the most exclusive camping safari experience available.

The private camp has all the comforts of a permanent camp but provides the Tanzania Safari excitement and interaction with the environment that only a night under canvas on camping safari can offer. The camp is booked on an exclusive basis and can cater for families and groups of friends. Experience your Authentic Tanzania Safari with us with a full board camping safari at Ruaha.


About Ruaha National Park

Size: 10,300 sq km (3,980 sq miles), Tanzania's second biggest park.
Location: Central Southern Tanzania, 128km (80 miles) west of Iringa.

Getting there

Scheduled and/or charter flights from Dar es Salaam, Selous, Serengeti, Arusha, Iringa and Mbeya. Year-round road access through Iringa from Dar es Salaam (about 8 to 9 hours) via Mikumi or from Arusha via Dodoma.

What to do

Full or half day walking safaris through untouched bush. Stone age ruins at Isimila, near Iringa, 120 km (75 miles) away, one of Africa's most important historical sites.  Exhilerating camping safaris in the bush.

Best time

For predators and large mammals, dry season (mid May to December); bird-watching, lush scenery and wildflowers, wet season (January to April). The male greater kudu is most visible in June, the breeding season.

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