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Overview

Situated at the heart of Tanzania, Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. Ruaha is named after the great River Ruaha which is the lifeline for the animals of the park in the dry season. The banks of the Ruaha are a permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal, hyena and the rare and endangered African wild dog, who prey on the waterbuck, impala and gazelle that come to the river to drink. It covers an area of about 13,000 square kilometres and is one of the top tourist attractions in Tanzania. Ruaha national park is characterized by diverse landscapes of extraordinary beauty which attracts more tourists from across the globe. From hilly groves to spiky baobab, the park’s landscape is what it makes it unique and the best safari destination in Tanzania. With high diversity of plants and animals, the parks boasts of many endangered species like wild dogs, elephants, antelopes and much more. It also serves as a water shade both for animals as well as humans. Apart from large animals, the park also harbors a number of reptiles and amphibians such as crocodiles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs. Being the largest safari destination, the park can be an ideal spot in Tanzania to get close with the wild beasts.

Best Time To Visit Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park is usually hot and dry and the best time to visit this park in Tanzania is during dry season. Since game viewing is one of the best thing to do in Ruaha national park so it is best to visit in the dry season as the temperature remains cool and pleasant making it easy to spot the wildlife. The dry season that is from May to October is an ideal time as the rivers dry up, more animals congregate around remaining water sources. The month of June is also famous for Greater Kudu breeding season so if you are lucky you can spot the males while on your safari tour to Tanzania

Things To Do In Ruaha National Park

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Bird Watching

Avid bird watchers have an excellent opportunity to view different species of birds. With a sensational mix of southern and northern species, Ruaha’s birdlife is endearingly colourful. When in Tanzania witnessing the bird life is one of an experience. The park boasts of 580 bird varieties including fish eagles, Eleanora’s falcon, goliath herons, crested barbets and black-collared lovebirds. Ruaha also boasts endemic species such as the Tanzanian red-billed hornbill and serves as an important habitat for several critically endangered vulture populations.

Game Drives

Ruaha national park is home to 10% population of lions and is easier to see them when you choose to go on a game drive safari in Rhea. Game drive can be done both in the morning as well as in the evening allowing you to get up close and personal with the predator. Buffalo and elephant herds are found throughout the park but it is the park's crazy combinations of species from east and southern Africa that excites wildlife enthusiasts. Get to know about the abundant flora and fauna of the Ruhua national park making the best safari destination in Africa.

Wildlife Photography

One of the best things to do in Tanzania is wildlife photography of the endangered species and their way of living. Whether you are a professional of many years, or just a beginner, you will have ample opportunity to practice your technique while on safari. For those who are looking for perfect shots of the wild beasts, a telephoto lens is recommended, and you will see lenses of all lengths and sizes while on safari. To ensure stability sandbags are available in the vehicles, which also have charging facilities.

Boat Safari

Tanzania is a land of many lakes and rivers traversing lands rich in wildlife. Exploring the aquatic wildlife on a boat is another level of experience. Boat safari in Tanzania offers an excellent opportunity to get close with the animals such as hippos as well as view a lot of game along the river as they come over for a drink of water. The waterways provide an excellent natural setting for boat safaris and canoeing which is one of the best things to do in Tanzania.

Bush walking

A bush walk safari is an excellent way to explore the wilderness of Africa. An expert ranger guides you along and gives you an insight about the flora, fauna and lush green scenery of Africa. The guiding is superb, and encountering game on foot gives you a fully immersive wilderness experience that is thrilling and memorable. To experience wild endangered species and nature both, bush walking in Tanzania can be an ideal choice to spend your South Africa tour.

Cultural visit

Cultural tour in Africa gives you an opportunity to get to know more about the tribal people and their way of living. The villages in Tanzania have been made accessible to the visitors who may have a glimpse of the authentic lifestyle of the more than 120 tribes in rural Tanzania. The country is rich in local history and culture that showcases the visitors the true ethnicity of the people living in different parts. When in Tanzania, experience their habitat and way of living which increases tourism popularity.

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Southern Tanzania
(8 Nights / 9 Days)
On Request

Ruaha National Park(3N) → Mikumi National Park(1N) → Morogoro(1N) → Selous Game Reserve(3N)

How to Reach Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park is a more remote place than any other safari destination in Tanzania. However the park is easily accesible via road and air.

By Road: Your safari tour to Tanzania would be incomplete without taking a self drive tour. The self drive allows you to explore the scenic route along the way and gets you closer to the wild side of Africa. The park is about 130 km drive from Iringa town and 625 km from Dar es Salam city. There is an optional way where you can choose to hire cab that will take you directly to the park.

By Air: The nearest airport to Ruaha national park is Julius Nyerere International Airport. Most safari goers opt to go via air and the two main airstrips are Msembe and Jongomero which is located inside the park itself.  Daily flights operate out of Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, and the Selous with Coastal Aviation.

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