Ruaha National Park


Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s largest national park, spanning 13,000 sq. km. The park is known for its beautiful landscape, varying from wetlands and natural hot springs to sprawling plains and mountainous area.

Ruaha National Park was named after the Ruaha River which runs through its land into the Rufiji River. The landscapes of Ruaha National Park vary from thick and dense forest brush to wide and open land. The park is often viewed in comparison to its neighbour Selous Game Reserve, as a wilder and more secluded version. The park is home to an array of animal species, including Africa’s largest population of lions as well as cheetah and African Leopard. In its wet season, an abundant floral variation can be seen throughout the park, as over 1,650 plant types have been spotted.

Ruaha National Park Highlights

  • The vast area with few camps translates into an uncrowded safari experience
  • An interesting mix of habitats and wildlife species
  • An elephant population numbering over 10,000
  • Good predator viewing, including large lion prides
  • One of the few places where you can see greater and lesser kudu together
  • Incredible birdwatching with over 500 species
  • A number of natural springs in the park create water sources in the dry season where game gather

Ruaha National Park is one of Africa’s great wilderness parks, offering excellent big game viewing. Contact us how you can incorporate Ruaha National Park into your Tanzania Safari Itinerary.

Known For Its Large Elephant And Cape Buffalo Herds, Greater And Lesser Kudu, Sable And Roan Antelope

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Special Things About Ruaha National Park

There are too many things to explore in Africa but what are the special things makes Ruaha National Park unique? Let’s find out….

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Ruaha National Park Wildlife

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Ruaha Safari - The Activities

The main activity is a Ruaha Safari daytime game drive. Night safaris are not permitted. Due to the high numbers of elephant in Ruaha some camps have chosen not to operate walking safaris. Those that do (Kwihala, Jongomero and Kigelia) have some superb guides and can offer amazing walking safaris. Jongomero is the only camp to operate fly camping trips with adventurous nights spent out under the stars.
Activities here include walking safaris, game drives and bird watching to rival Selous – just with no boat safaris. Accommodation includes the beautifully peaceful and wild Jongomero Camp, with just 8 tented suites. There are few lodges here, each with its own unique selling points, so get in touch to find out more information on the options available.

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Places We Love To Stay In Ruaha National Park

Planning a Tanzania safari? Here are the best Ruaha National Park lodges, hotels and camps in one of the top places for year-round game viewing.

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