Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania and one of the least visited park, secretly hidden south west of Tanzania; the park consist of beautiful landscapes full of wildlife such as the Greater Kudu, huge number of elephants, buffaloes, gazelles and over 400 bird species among many others. It’s a great place for family safari, small groups’ safari, combined beach and safari holiday.

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 National parks in Tanzania, Ruaha National Park

About Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is a spectacular national park situated in a remote area, west of Iringa town and Dar es Salaam city; it’s the largest national parks in Tanzania (with a surface area of about 20,226Km 2).  The park is famous and offers a rare game viewing experience that is spiced up by the fascinating landscapes full of wildlife. Game watching is done either on open roof 4x4 cars, on walking or flying in safari; a great place for wildlife watching.

The park history dates back to 1910 when it was first gazetted as Saba Game Reserve by the Germans, and later in 1946 under the British rule, the name was changed to Rungwa Game reserve. And when Tanzania gained its independence, the park was re-gazetted to Ruaha national park and in 1974, it was merged with other small section of the Great Ruaha River and later with Usangu game Reserve; making it the largest park in Tanzania. The name ‘Ruaha’ originated from the Hehe people and is translated to ‘River’. Ruaha National Park is also part of the larger Rungwa - Kizigo – Muhesi ecosystem which covers a surface area of about 45,000km2.

The Great Ruaha River and other smaller rivers are the main feature of the park, the rivers meanders across and along its borders attracting a huge number of wildlife in search of food and water. Along the river banks; game viewing is spectacular, you will easily spot huge Hippos, elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, gazelles, fish eagles and many others.

Major Activities

  • Wildlife watching either on open roof 4x4 cars, on walking, boating or flying in safari
  • Photography and Bird watching.
  • Picnic and special bush meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Exploring the beautiful hills, Rivers and woodland forests.
  • Relaxing in some of the top end safari lodges and camps.
  • Fishing trips

Best Time to Visit

The best time to spot most wildlife at Ruaha National Park is on the dry season; animal are easily spotted on the open plains and near rivers or water holes in search of food and water. In Tanzania the dry season are between January-March and July-October, this is the best time to spot wildlife. April, May and November are considered to be shoulder season with lesser wildlife compared to the high season. Bird’s watching is best in October - February.

Accommodation and Restaurants

There is a wide range of places to stay or dine in Ruaha National Park, from the luxury top end hotels and resorts, to the authentic and Eco friendly African Safari Camps, lodges and budgeted hotels. Have a look at the ACCOMMODATION section on the right tab for more information.

Getting there

Ruaha National Park is about 130km from Iringa town and 625km from Dar-es-salaam city, it takes about 5-6 hours by road or a 40-45 minutes flight from Dar Es Salaam. Most parts of the road is okay except a section (About 100Km) which is on dirt/Murram road; there are daily scheduled/chartered flights from Julius Nyerere International Airport, from Arusha, Dodoma or Zanzibar Island to Msembe and Jongomero airstrip in Ruaha.

Safari & Beach Honeymoon

Safari & Beach Honeymoon

10 Days Safari & Beach honeymoon

This is a ten days luxury honeymoon on a combined wildlife watching Safari and beach holiday, the package is full of comfort, romance and relaxation in top end private and secluded lodges and resorts. Major attractions and activities include romantic private candle lit bush and beach dinners, relaxing

Tour Cost From

$ 2,200

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