A park with epic wildlife, low tourist numbers and brilliant walking.
Ruaha is palpably exciting and can produce extraordinary game viewing in a genuinely wild location. If your main goal from your safari trip is to see as much wildlife as possible – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and more – then Ruaha ticks the boxes.
Ruaha is one of the most stunning, varied and photogenic parks in Tanzania. You can expect to see a wide range of species from lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and elephant to greater and lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope and even wild dogs – all against a breath-taking array of scenery. Low tourist numbers and open sided vehicles also add to the feeling of a truly authentic, unspoiled experience.
In addition to the mammals, there are in the region of five hundred species of birds in Ruaha and even now new sightings are being recorded – an indication of how little visited the area has been.
If you’re looking for a traditional walking safari experience supported by a mobile camp, few alternatives come close to Ruaha. It reveals its best secrets slowly, so we recommend visiting for a minimum of three days, and five or more if you want to see it in its full glory and leave no stone unturned.
+ Read More
- Brilliant walking off the beaten track
- Low visitor numbers
- Variety of breathtaking scenery
- Iconic baobab forests
- ATOL Protected
- 24/7 Guidance & Support
- 20+ Years of Experience
- We take care of the leg work
- We find you the best deal
Top Reasons To Visit Ruaha National Park
Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.
Best Time To Visit Ruaha National Park
The national park is versatile and can be visited in both the dry and green season.
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 the 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, be prepared for a treat.
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 behaviour you don’t see at any other time, with February probably being the best choice.
Best Time To Visit Ruaha National Park
Top Experiences in Ruaha
Walking Safari in Ruaha National Park
A traditional walking safari supported by simple but mobile camps in a park that offers fantastic wildlife.Discover More
Our Favourite Camps & Lodges
With just six tents, one of which is for families, strung along a generally dry river bed, Kigelia is a classic safari camp, built of canvas and thatch and designed to immerse you deep in to the wilderness.Learn More
Kichaka Safari Camp in Ruaha National Park is a shining example of how to quietly get the best from the African bush.Learn More
Ikuka takes a somewhat different approach from the other camps in the area. Instead of being in amongst the action it sits high on a ridge on the Mwagusi Escarpment. This allows for both spectacular views across the Ruaha National Park and the ability to have open sided rooms.Learn More
Kwihala in Ruaha is truly a camp in keeping with its environment whilst maintaining a temporary and authentic safari feel.Learn More
Beautifully designed and hugely comfortable – but it also ticks the box if your main objective is to get away from the crowds.Learn More
A traditional tented camp surrounded by acacia forests and fig trees, situated close to the seasonal waterfall from which it takes its name, and away from the more popular Msembe area.Learn More
Ruaha (FAQS) NEED TO KNOW
How many days do you need in Ruaha National Park?
Ruaha is a vast national park and depending on the time of year and what you would like to see, we would recommend at least three days in the park – with five being the ideal amount. We recommend taking your time to stop and experience the atmosphere on the ground. All our itineraries are tailor-made to suit the type of excursion you’re looking for so get in touch to discuss your next adventure.
What is the best way to explore Ruaha National Park?
One of the best ways to explore Ruaha is to set out on foot. If you’re looking for a traditional walking experience, supported by a mobile camp, then few of the alternatives come close to walking safaris in Ruaha. Breathtaking and varied scenery combined with massive herds of elephant and buffalo, endless prides of lion and antelope of every race, crede and colour and mercifully few tourists. Visitor numbers are low already in Ruaha, but in the eastern end of the park where these walks take place – they are non-existent.
What is the accommodation at Ruaha National Park like?
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 taking part in a walking safari in Ruaha, you will find some outstanding walking supported by lightweight flycamps.
From our Travel Guides
Meet Our Travel Experts
It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary. The Natural High team have unrivalled experience and will take your ideas and turn them into your trip of a lifetime.
Into The Wild Brochure
Need some more inspiration? Request a copy of Into The Wild, our comprehensive anthology of safaris and wilderness travel.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Fantasic Natural High
Although our holiday was expensive, it was very well planned and the lodging and guides were outstanding….
John and Laurie Neufeld ..
Catherine put together an excellent tour package that encompassed Victoria Falls and the Garden Route in South Africa. This was the second time we hav…
Tim & Linda Robinson ..
Excellent photographic safari to South Luangwa lead by Simon Stafford.
Kafunta camp in South Luangwa was excellent, exceeding all our expectation. The staff and guilds were superb, so friendly, with nothing being too much…
John & Sally
I would use this company again.
Natural High Safaris planned the perfect trip for us. From the locations, the specific camps, to the order in which we visited the camps – it was all…
Much higher than high!
This was our third bespoke safari with Natural High Safari. Catherine Ronan with her resourceful exuberance has given us trips for life every time. No…
Sunita & Jayesh Gajjar CR
Another superb walking holiday in Zambia accompanied by Natural High’s Rod
A well planned and brilliantly executed itinerary, originally compiled three years’ ago and which NH rolled over twice, in the process accommodating t…
Charles & Jo Mercey
Excellent service! Simply, the best!!
Excellent service all along the planning process! And throughout the trip, everything worked out perfectly!! Vanessa Janion gave us a very personal s…
A trip we will never forget.
We were very happy with our trip. Our lodges, the people who worked there and our guides (Benson and Yasini) were awesome. We loved Tanzania and it’…
Covered all the different territories of Morocco.
Excellent service-would recommend-went above and beyond our expectations-very enjoyable and memorable vacation…
Natural High Safaris are exceptional, expert tour operators. 5 stars *****
Natural High Safaris are fantastic tour operators whom we have used numerous times. We recently had a wonderful trip to Namibia organised by Catherin…
James & Cecily Rogers CR
Never so pampered in my life while seeing iconic images for real
We worked with two tour groups. The other tour group was more helpful with respect to details about going to Kenya (background info, customs, common p…
Judith and Matt Ochs
Fabulous trip. The trek in the Atlas Mountains was superb
Highly recommended. The hotels recommended were great, all the logistics worked perfectly. The trek in the Atlas Mountains was amazing. The guide was …
Jonathan and Jill Whitehead VJ
Great birding and walking holiday in Kenya
Natural High provided us with excellent advice as to where we should stay in Kenya: we wanted to walk and our main interest was birds. Laikipia (stayi…
Charles & Jo
Fantasic Natural High
Natural High organised the most wonderful honeymoon imaginable. We could not have had a better and more spoiling trip. It was everything we had dreame…
Victoria Foot CR
Fantasic Natural High
I would like to thank you for an amazing holiday you created for us. Luckely we could leave on Nov 30th with Ethiopian. The arrival in Tanzania was …
Benny Lecocq VJ
Excellent bespoke service. A fantastic trip that went beyond our expectations. Have used them previously and will continue to do so – they know their …
Our second unforgettable trip with Natural High, hopefully not the last!
Fantastic Christmas trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar, organised at very short notice. Wonderful staff at every camp, an unforgettable family experience. …
Claire & George
Outstanding customer service well above the call of duty.
Natural High arranged a trip to remember …accommodation first class, transportation on very long road trips was excellent. Spotless . air conditioni…
Personal service and excellent organisation
This was our first holiday to be organised by Natural High. We made the enquiry on New Year’s Eve for a departure in February and within a few days…
Ken and Caroline