Ruaha National Park5728670

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Ruaha is an astonishing park which can provide even the best travellers with new things.

The undulating topography, glorious river and majestic trees combine to produce certainly one of Africa’s most captivating landscapes. Since visitor numbers are quite few, it has a true wilderness atmosphere. Symbolized through the kudu, it is considered to have the highest concentration of elephants than any other safari island luxury exclusive, as well as an amazing quantity of carnivores (lions, hyenas, wilddogs, leopards, cheetahs, ...).

Lots who know Africa’s nature consider Ruaha being one of the better kept secrets, listing it their favourite.


Size and situation: 20 226 km2.

Located in central Tanzania, Ruaha, with Usangu Game Reserve, has become Tanzania's, as well as East Africa's largest park.


Landscapes: Ruaha’s scenery includes rolling hills, large open plains, groves of skeletal baobabs and, along its southern border, the wide Great Ruaha River. Ruaha’s ecosystems represent a transition between the miombo woodlands and the more open savannah. This can be evident inside the park’s vegetation, which can be thick in some areas but spacious on other occasions. The variation in altitude and topography has given rise to wide diversity of plants and wildlife, which can be greatly enhanced through the permanent water of the Ruaha River. Enormous baobab trees are a key feature with the park, where Ruaha’s huge elephant populations relish the succulent bark of Baobab trees.


Wildlife: The park has the biggest power elephants of any park in East Africa (Selous Game Reserve features a larger population). The park is famous for its huge buffalo herds and it is selection of antelope. Ruaha may be the only east African park with both Greater and Lesser Kudu, and sable and roan antelopes. It also has an unusual mixture of East and Southern African wildlife and birds.

It's probably the most important areas in the world for large carnivores, with 10% from the lions keeping Africa, as well as large populations of untamed dogs, cheetahs, leopards and spotted hyenas.

For birdwatchers, Ruaha’s birdlife is extraordinary, with 570 species recorded including turaco, racquet-tailed roller, red-billet fire finch and Dickinson’s kestrel. You will find six types of both vultures and hornbills, and raptors abound.


Activities: An excellent network of game-viewing roads follows the truly amazing Ruaha and it is seasonal tributaries, where, throughout the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for any sip of life-sustaining water.

Fly camping may be organized through untouched bush. An early morning bird walk enables you to find the environment from the lodge’s surroundings.

Night game drives may also be possible, only from some camps (please ask us).

The visit of your traditional and authentic Maasai Boma is definitely an activity exclusively offered at Tandala Tented Camp.

Finally, since 2018, you can find this amazing park from your sky because of the balloon safaris operated from June to October.

Climate: Such as the all Southern Tanzania, Ruaha has two rainy seasons - a minimum of in theory - although weather in Africa is simply as unpredictable as somewhere else on earth. The short rains fall in Ruaha Park between October and late November; this is a period by which things begin to turn green. The majority of the rains fall in March and April. This is the time when the sand rivers just like the Mwagusi and the Mdonya are likely to flood.

A good time to visit the Park, particularly for predators and large mammals, might be inside the dry season. Although, the wet months are propitious to bird-watching, lush scenery and wild flowers even though the male greater kudu is most visible in June, the breeding season.