Ruaha National Park


Ruaha National Park is the largest national park of Tanzania, and is often called, “beautiful, unspoilt Africa” by travelers. Unlike Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park it receives fewer tourists and hence is a quiet and calmer place. It is located in the middle of Tanzania and covers an area of 20,226 square kilometers.
However Ruaha National Park got its name from the Great Ruaha River flowing through its southeastern margin which is a game viewing point.
The lions, leopards, buffalos, and elephants are common sighting here, but may not be spotted everywhere in the park. Ruaha buffaloes generally move in herds and you’d need a bit of luck to spot them, but when you do, it’ll be unlike anything else you’ve seen. Also, Safaris are more common in here as it is large and requires more effort to spot animals. It also offers exotic landscapes.
All in all, it is a remote wilderness which is only visited by intrepid travelers, but offers profound opportunity for people visiting this park for traversing and exploration.


This time is ideal for visiting the park and is worth it.

• More than 571 species of birds are found here

• Wildlife includes cheetahs, zebra, elands, leopards, impalas, bat eared foxes, antelopes et cetera.

• A large number of reptiles and amphibians like snakes, monitor lizards are also accommodated in here.

• Outdoor activities include safari, bike safaris, camping, game drives.


This is the largest National Park in Tanzainia and is located about 130 kilometres west of Iringa. The park has been named after Ruaha river.

By Air – There are both scheduled and chartered flights into the park mainly from Arusha, Dodoma, Kigoma and Dar es Salaam. Park’s airstrips are located at Msembe and Jongomero
By road-It is about 130km drive from Iringa town and 625km from Dar es Salaam city.
The road into the park is passable throughout the year.

Walking Tours, Day and Night time game drives.

The park is renounced for Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) which cannot be found in any other national park.

June to October. Because Wildlife viewing is easier since the bush thins out and animals gather around rivers and waterholes.

The park is one of the Tanzania birds’ paradise with more than 571species and some of them are known to be migrants from within and outside Africa. Birds migrating from Europe, Asia, and Australia are found here.

Ruaha is believed to have high concentration of elephants than any national park in East Africa. It is also a place where, magnificent mammals like Kudu (both Greater and Lesser), Sable and Roan antelopes can easily be spotted in Miombo woodland.

There are over 1650 plant species that have been identified. The park is the transitional point of two vegetation zones, the Zambezian (characterized by Miombo vegetation) and Sudanian (characterized by Acacia vegetation).

Ruaha also has interesting historical and cultural sites that visitors can explore. Most of these sites were occupied by some significant Southern Tanzanian tribes. The tribal rituals and traditions, drop by Painting rock at Nyanywa, ‘Ganga la Mafunyo’, and Mapenza’ grave at Mpululu are awe-inspiring.

A journey through Tanzania will lead you to an entirely new perspective!



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