Enjoy Tanzania's varied wildlife & scenery in one of the largest & wildest national parks in Africa.
Ruaha National Park, in the south of Tanzania, is the country’s second largest park. Rolling hills, baobabs and open bushveld border the wide Great Ruaha River. The valley of the Great Ruaha River is an extension of the Great Rift Valley.
Ruaha is in an ecological transition zone with thick bush interspersed with wide open plains. Its river system is hugely important to the reserve. The floodplains attract a wide diversity of plains game such as buffalo, zebra, Defassa water-buck, impala, giraffe and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. The open plain is also ideal terrain for cheetahs. Whilst the rarer roan and sable antelopes roam the Miombo woodland. Also prominent is the Grant’s gazelle and lesser kudu. Consequently, the lion prides are often large in Ruaha. Wild dog are also well-represented in Ruaha National Park.
In testament to its floral diversity, Ruaha boasts over 570 birding species. Goliath herons, saddle-billed storks, white-backed night heron and white-headed plovers can be seen along the rivers. Migrant birds swell the numbers from mid-November to March.
Despite the haunting beauty and abundance of game in Ruaha National Park, the remoteness and its comparative inaccessibility have meant that the Ruaha has been one of the wildest and least visited parks in Tanzania. So it appeals to those who value unspoilt wilderness. Most are luxury tented camps such as Mdonya Old River, Kwihala and the delightful Mwagusi Safari Camp. Jongomero Camp is set far apart from the others. As is the unpretentious and enduringly popular Ruaha River Lodge.
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