Giraffe in the evening light at Mbagi on the Mwagusi Sand River in Ruaha

Retreat from the heat of the day

A typical scene in Ruaha - elephant drink in the many sand rivers throughout the dry season

Breakfast on the bonnet of the landrover in shade of a Tamarind tree after an early morning game drive

Ruaha is famous for its sculptural baobab forests

A familiar scene and highlight in Ruaha. Bull elephant, attracted by shady fruiting trees are regular visitors to Ruaha's safari camps

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

The dry season in Ruaha rivals any location in Tanzania for sheer action and variety. If your principal objective is a safari to see as much wildlife as possible – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and more - then Ruaha ticks the boxes. Low tourist numbers and open sided vehicles add to the experience.

The park has a choice of excellent camps from stylish traditional tented camps to some good choices for those looking for a simple, but comfortable approach. If you’re after a walking safari, Ruaha offers some outstanding walking supported by lightweight flycamps.

Ruaha is also one of the most stunning, varied and photogenic parks in Tanzania. Expect to see a wide range of species from lion, leopard and cheetah, buffalo and elephant to Greater and Lesser Kudu, Sable and Roan antelope and even a good chance of wild dogs.

All against a breathtaking array of scenery.

In addition to the mammals, there are in the region of 500 hundred species of birds in Ruaha and even now sightings are recorded - an indication of how little visited the area has been.

Ruaha is palpably exciting and can produce extraordinary game viewing in a genuinely wild location. But it reveals its best secrets slowly, so we recommend taking a minimum of three days to see the park and 5 or more if you want to see it properly.

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