Ruaha National Park

A park with epic wildlife, low tourist numbers and brilliant walking

ABOUT 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.

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 breath-taking array of scenery.

In addition to the mammals, there are in the region of five 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 five or more if you want to see it properly.

Top experiences in Ruaha National Park

Walking safari in Ruaha National Park

A traditional walking safari supported by simple mobile camps

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BEST TIME TO VISIT RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Visit Ruaha when sand river tributaries like the Mwayangi, Mwagusi and Mdonya draw large numbers of animals to drink, between June and October. In many ways, Ruaha is an archetypal dry season park. It’s criss-crossed with a network of rivers and sand rivers, many of which retain good clear drinking water (often under the sand) through even the most extreme of Ruaha’s intense dry seasons.

This means that game here follows the predictable pattern of dispersing during the wet season and congregating around the remaining water courses between June and October. This is the best time for game viewing, so if you haven’t experienced Ruaha in the dry season, you have a treat in store.

We'd also never rule out the green season in Ruaha, of course it's less expensive, but there is also plenty to see with birdlife and wonderful animal bahviour you don't see at any other time - with February probably being the best choice. 

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TOP CAMPS & LODGES IN RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

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 in Ruaha, you will find some outstanding walking supported by lightweight flycamps. Check out some of favourite camps and lodge below. 

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TOP CAMPS & LODGES IN RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

KICHAKA SAFARI CAMP

A simple, traditional bush camp and great base for brilliant walking safaris

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TOP CAMPS & LODGES IN RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

JONGOMERO

Luxurious safari camp - beautifully designed and hugely comfortable

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TOP CAMPS & LODGES IN RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

MDONYA OLD RIVER

Camp surrounded by acacia forest & fig tree

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