Ruaha is surely an astonishing park which could provide perhaps the most experienced travellers with something totally new.
The undulating topography, glorious river and majestic trees combine to create certainly one of Africa’s most captivating landscapes. Since visitor numbers are quite few, it possesses a true wilderness atmosphere. Symbolized from the kudu, it is considered to hold the highest power of elephants than every other Luxurious safari on Pemba, as well as an amazing variety of carnivores (lions, hyenas, wilddogs, leopards, cheetahs, ...).
Many who know Africa’s nature consider Ruaha being one of the better kept secrets, listing it as their favourite.
Size and situation: 20 226 km2.
Situated in central Tanzania, Ruaha, with Usangu Game Reserve, has become Tanzania's, and also 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 as well as the more open savannah. This really is evident in the park’s vegetation, that is thick in some areas and yet spacious on other occasions. The variation in altitude and topography has provided rise to wide diversity of plants and wildlife, which can be greatly enhanced through the permanent water with 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 concentration of elephants associated with a park in East Africa (Selous Game Reserve has a larger population). The park is renowned for its huge buffalo herds and its particular selection of antelope. Ruaha may be the only east African park with both Greater and Lesser Kudu, and sable and roan antelopes. Additionally, it has an unusual combination of East and Southern African wildlife and birds.
It is probably the most important areas on earth for large carnivores, with 10% with the lions residing in Africa, in addition to large populations of wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards and spotted hyenas.
For birdwatchers, Ruaha’s birdlife is extraordinary, with more than 570 species recorded including turaco, racquet-tailed roller, red-billet fire finch and Dickinson’s kestrel. You can find six varieties of both vultures and hornbills, and raptors abound.
Activities: A superb network of game-viewing roads follows the fantastic Ruaha and its particular seasonal tributaries, where, through the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water.
Fly camping could be organized through untouched bush. A young morning bird walk allow you to find the environment with the lodge’s surroundings.
Night game drives will also be possible, however only from some camps (please ask us).
The visit of the traditional and authentic Maasai Boma is definitely an activity exclusively offered at Tandala Tented Camp.
Lastly, since 2018, you could find this amazing park from your sky thanks to the balloon safaris operated from June to October.
Climate: Like the rest of Southern Tanzania, Ruaha has two rainy seasons - no less than in theory - although weather in Africa is simply as unpredictable as somewhere else on the planet. Rapid rains fall in Ruaha Park between October and late November; this can be a period where things begin to turn green. A lot of the rains fall in March and April. This is the time once the sand rivers just like the Mwagusi and the Mdonya are usually to flood.
The optimum time to see the Park, specifically for predators and large mammals, is probably within the dry season. Although, the wet season is propitious to bird-watching, lush scenery and wild flowers while the male greater kudu is most visible in June, the breeding season.