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Ruaha National Park

It is the first natural park in Tanzania for extension.
The park takes its name from the Great Ruaha River, which forms the eastern boundary of the park.
The roads follow the course of the Ruaha river and its "seasonal" tributaries, here during the dry season it is possible to encounter various species of antelope that go to drink along the shore.
The park is home to many animals, such as: elephants, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, antelopes, giraffes, warthogs, monkeys and, of course, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas.
Numerous specimens of crocodiles and hippopotamuses can be easily observed near the river.
It is possible to find a good number of reptiles and amphibians, such as snakes (poisonous or not), varans, agama daudin and frogs.
The park is home to over 450 different species of birds, some of which are not found in other parts of Tanzania, including the crested stutter, whose chirping is a characteristic sound of the Ruaha National Park.

In the park there are many varieties of antelopes, thanks to the surrounding environment, which passes from the acacia (and other plants you can find in the East Africa) to the Miombo woods that originate from South Africa.
Among these species we find: the gazelles of Grant, the small Kudus, the black antelope and the roan antelope (typical inhabitants of the Miombo forests) and a large herd of greater Kudus, which are the symbol of the park and which differ from the other species for their beautiful spiral horns.

Peculiarities of Ruaha National Park:

  • the Ruaha river, which flows during the wettest season, becomes the center of a very active animal life during the dry season (June / November);
  • the banks of the river are the favorite hunting ground for lions, cheetahs, leopards;
  • around 12,000 elephants live in the park and it is possible to admire the wild dogs, which have become very rare in Africa;
  • more than 1,600 different plant species have been identified in the park, including baobabs and acacias;
  • Visit the archaeological site of Isimila, near Iringa, 120 km from the park, one of the most important archaeological sites of the whole Africa.

What to do

Bird watching, boat and canoe safaris, walking safaris, wildlife safaris, low-cost safaris (budget safaris), camping, luxury safaris.


It covers an area of approximately 10,000 km², located in southern Tanzania, 130 km from the city of Iringa.

Getting There

There are both scheduled and charter flights, departing from Arusha, Dodoma, Kigoma and Dar es Salaam. The park's runways are located in Msembe and Jongomero.
It is about 130 km by car from the city of Iringa and 625 km from the city of Dar es Salaam.
The park road can be traveled year-round.

When to Go

The rainy period is from March to May; in these months it is difficult to access the park, because the roads become inaccessible.
The best period to go is from June to February; in the months around Christmas we find the driest and warmest period.

Where to Stay

Inside the park you can find:

  • Bandas
  • Special Campsites
  • Public campsites
  • Rest House
  • Hostel for school groups
  • Cottage
  • Family Cottage
  • Single room with living room
  • Single room without living room

Private facilities within the park: luxury tented camps.

Private structures outside the park: there are several accommodation facilities just outside the park.

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