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Ruaha is surely an astonishing park which can provide perhaps the best travellers with something totally new.

The undulating topography, glorious river and majestic trees combine to produce certainly one of Africa’s most captivating landscapes. Since visitor numbers can be few, it provides a true wilderness atmosphere. Symbolized through the kudu, it's believed to have the highest power elephants than any other Luxurious safari on Pemba, with an amazing variety of carnivores (lions, hyenas, wilddogs, leopards, cheetahs, ...).

A few who know Africa’s nature consider Ruaha being among the best kept secrets, listing it as being their favourite.


Size and situation: 20 226 km2.

Located in central Tanzania, Ruaha, with Usangu Game Reserve, is currently 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 involving the miombo woodlands and also the more open savannah. This can be evident within the park’s vegetation, which is thick in a few areas and yet wide open in others. The variation in altitude and topography has provided rise to wide diversity of plants and wildlife, that is greatly enhanced from the permanent water from the Ruaha River. Enormous baobab trees are a key feature from the park, where Ruaha’s huge elephant populations relish the succulent bark of Baobab trees.


Wildlife: The park has got the biggest power elephants of the park in East Africa (Selous Game Reserve has a larger population). The park is renowned for its huge buffalo herds and its number of antelope. Ruaha is the only east African park with both Greater and Lesser Kudu, and sable and roan antelopes. It also offers an unusual combination of East and Southern African wildlife and birds.

It really is probably the most important areas in the world for big carnivores, with 10% from the lions keeping Africa, in addition to large populations of wild 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 can find six types of both vultures and hornbills, and raptors abound.


Activities: An excellent network of game-viewing roads follows the fantastic Ruaha and it is seasonal tributaries, where, through the dry season, impala, waterbuck along with other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water.

Fly camping may be organized through untouched bush. An earlier morning bird walk allow you to uncover the environment from the lodge’s surroundings.

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

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

Lastly, since 2018, you could find this phenomenal park in the sky due to the balloon safaris operated from June to October.

Climate: Just like the rest of Southern Tanzania, Ruaha has two rainy seasons - at least the theory is that - although weather in Africa is equally as unpredictable as anywhere else in the world. Rapid rains fall in Ruaha Park between October and late November; this is a period by which things learn to turn green. The majority of the rains fall in March and April. This is the time once the sand rivers like the Mwagusi and also the Mdonya are most likely to flood.

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