If you’re looking for a traditional walking experience, supported by a mobile camp, then in our opinion, few of the alternatives come close to this safari in Ruaha
Breathtaking and varied scenery combines with massive herds of elephant and buffalo, endless prides of lion and antelope of every race, crede and colour and mercifully few tourists. Vistor numbers are low anyway in Ruaha, but in the eastern end of the park where these walks take place, they are non existent.
Based at a Kichaka, a small traditional safari camp, well away from the busier areas of the park, you’ll strike out on walks, lead by an armed guide with many years of experience on foot in Ruaha. Walks are for anything from one night to ten nights for those going for total immersion.
Most people opt for 2-3 nights out walking suported by Kichaka's flycamp, but you could easily spend a further 3 or more nights at the base camp quietly soaking up the atmosphere with a combination of morning or evening walks and game drives.
Complementing the abundant wild game, there’s a particular softness to Ruaha especially in the early season. The sepia haze of grass seeds in June and July contrasts with delicate white-blond grasses backlit against the morning sun, the strong orange-red laterite soil and the deep blues of the distant hills and sky.
Elephant are omni-present; signs of their penchant for baobab bark mark virtually every tree without exception. Their dung with its evocative musky smell is much in evidence. Their wide tracks, unique as finger-prints and overlaid with the tracks of other creatures, criss-cross nearly every road or sand river bed you come across.
They are also central to the survival of Ruaha, from seed dispersal to fertilization of the soil, to their critical role digging for water during the dry season (something that few other animals can manage).
As you’d expect then, approaching elephant on foot is one of the main objectives of these walks.
Climbing up one of the many the loaf shaped rocky kopjes to find a herd, entirely unaware of your presence relaxed and feeding gently just a few metres below you is an experience that is hard to beat.