Walking Safari in
Ruaha National Park

A traditional walking safari supported by simple but mobile camps in a park that offers fantastic wildlife.

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About Walking Safaris in Ruaha

If you’re looking for a traditional walking safari experience, supported by a mobile camp, then in our opinion few of the alternatives come close to walking in Ruaha National Park.

Breathtaking and varied scenery combines with massive herds of elephant and buffalo, endless prides of lion, antelope of every race, crede and colour, and mercifully few tourists. Visitor 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 led 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 two to three nights out walking supported by Kichaka’s fly-camp, but you could easily spend a further three or more nights at the base camp quietly soaking up the atmosphere with a combination of morning or evening walks and game drives.

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WHY WE LOVE WALKING SAFARIS IN RUAHA

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.

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BEST TIME FOR WALKING IN RUAHA

This beautiful park comes into its own between June and October, offering game viewing that rivals pretty much anywhere in Africa.

Head off on a multi-day foot safari and you’re in the best possible place to experience the magic of this park. Expect few other tourists and an astonishing variety of wildlife, big and small.

BEST TIME FOR WALKING IN RUAHA

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“The less-is-more formula Natural High advocates makes complete sense. Luxury lies in stripping away the conscious thought that controls our busy lives and exposing the sensory, instinctive self to the scents and sounds of the wild.
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THE ELEPHANTS OF RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Elephant are omnipresent; 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).

Approaching elephant on foot is one of the main objectives of these walks. Climbing up one of the many 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.

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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

During a walking safari in Ruaha you have the pick of authentic bushcamps, mobile camps and small lodges – all close to nature and designed to fit in with the environment.
Kichaka Safari Camp

Kichaka Safari Camp in Ruaha National Park is a shining example of how to quietly get the best from the African bush.

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