Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is Tanzania’s second largest national park. Covering a total area of 13,000 sq/km Ruaha National Park is home to the largest elephants population in Tanzania.
This vast and remote park is slightly smaller than Serengeti and boasts of one of the most exciting visual treats, with its topography of spectacular deep Gorges, Mountain Ranges and swirling Rapids. It is a pristine paradise.
It is the one of the wildest park and also the world's largest elephant sanctuary. The park represents a transition zone where eastern and southern African species of fauna and flora overlap.
It is the northernmost example of miombo woodland, common in central Africa, and the most southerly protected area in which Grant's gazelle, lesser kudu and striped hyena are found. To be able to see both greater and lesser kudu and roan and sable antelope in the same park is one of the special attractions of Ruaha.
The Great Ruaha River is the lifeline of the park supporting a wide range of wildlife such as elephants, lions, buffalos, Grants gazelles, cheetahs as well as Ostrich. There are more than 400 species of birds in the park meaning that it is also an ornithologists’ paradise.
In the dry season, the river is an excellent place for observing large numbers of game including lions, leopards, hunting dogs, giraffe, waterbuck, eland and warthogs. Thousands of birds flock to Ruaha on their annual migration from Europe to Asia, and 465 bird species have been sighted in the park. The park's residents include kingfishers, plovers, hornbills, green wood hoopoes, bee-eaters, sunbirds and egrets.
When to Visit
The best months for game viewing are July and November when the animals are concentrated around shrinking water holes. During the rest of the year the tracks are almost impassable.
1. Mwagusi Camp
2. Jongomero Camp
3. Ruaha River Camp