Ruaha National Park - Tanzania

Ruaha National Park  - Tanzania

Ruaha National Park  - Tanzania

Ngorongoro conservational Area and Serengeti national park are Tanzania’s top safaris bucket list for many adventurous. But, Ruaha national park is another unique pristine wilderness haven situated in the south-central part of Tanzania and considered Tanzania’s best-maintained safari destination secret.


Ruaha national park covers approximately 7,800 square miles, Ruaha national park is East Africa’s largest national park. Ruaha national park got its name from the Great mighty Ruaha River, which acts as a vital source of water for animals at Ruaha national park during the long dry season. 


Ruaha national park's habitats range from hills baobab trees, open grasslands, dense miombo, and acacia woodlands. Ruaha national park's pristine environment protects an incredible variety of wildlife species, which makes Ruaha a perfect secret safari destination for dedicated explorers interested in escaping the crowds in their homeland and wanting to experience unspoiled Africa.


Top things to do at Ruaha national park

 Ruaha National Park visitors come primarily to view wildlife species through guided day and night game drives, offering visitors the benefit of an exceptional encounter, it requires a well-experienced game ranger who knows about the areas with the best sightings. Travelers can as well enjoy self-drive around Ruaha national park in daylight. Which is so exciting for adventurers who may like to discover independently or solely. 


Ruaha national park also offers walking tours where travelers may choose to sign up with the lodge or with the Tanzanian Parks service. Ruaha national park gives travelers a chance to participate in guided day hikes that take approximately 2-4 hours, the guided nature walks from the Kichaka to Kidabaga route gives you an opportunity to view a variety of animals and landscape if you take on the hot air balloon safari.


Travelers can choose to enjoy bush meals arranged by your specific booked lodge, bird watching, guided safari trip, visit Tanzania’s cultural and historical sites such as the Nyanywa rock paintings, Mkwawa museum, and natural pillars at Isimila.

Wildlife Viewing at Ruaha national park

Ruaha National Park is mostly famous due to its large predator groups. Research done by the Ruaha carnivore project indicates that Ruaha national park protects at least 10 percent of Africa’s lions, cheetah population with about 200 adults, it also harbors the endangered African wild dogs. Ruaha national park is an excellent destination to spot leopards, hyenas, jackals, and bat-eared foxes. 


Ruaha national park predators feed themselves on an extensive menu where they choose from the antelope species that are protected abundantly, including kudu, waterbuck, roan, and sable.


Ruaha national park accommodates Tanzania’s largest population of elephants, and other 10,000 plus magnificent animals moving freely in this vast national park. The mighty Ruaha River is the perfect place to protect aquatic species which include Nile crocodiles and hippos. 


Bird watching at Ruaha national park

Ruaha national park is birders’ paradise offering more than 570 different bird species that include the rare mix of bird species from both East and southern Africa. enjoy the endemic bird species such as the yellow-collared lovebird, Tanzania’s red-billed hornbill, and the ashy starling. While other endangered bird species include the hooded vulture, Ruppells vulture, the white-backed vulture, and the white-headed vulture.


During the rainy season, Ruaha national park offers the best birding destination with the migrant bird species that come from North Africa, Europe, and Asia. During the rainy season water levels raises in the Usangu wetlands and within the Great Ruaha River that attracts a plethora of water birds such as large flocks of white and Abdim’s storks, small birds like the Sooty falcons, Amur falcons, Eleonora’s falcons, and Eurasian hobbies breeding along the banks.

Where to Stay Nearby Ruaha national park

Ruaha national park has several choices to be made when it comes to accommodation options in terms of Luxury stays within the national park include the private innholders which are affordable but offer the best services, categorized as bandas, cottages, and hostels.


Ruaha River Lodge set in a ringside of Ruaha’s wildlife species, Ruaha River luxury lodge is perched on the great River banks providing 24 stone chalets with comfortable spacious double beds, an en-suite bathroom, and wide private verandas for game-viewing. Two dining areas where travelers can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner comfortably at the edge of the River.


Jabali Ridge is set on a rocky outcropping that overlooks Ruaha national park offering its eight luxury suites, spa, and an infinity blue swimming pool. Jabali Ridge also offers several tented camps available. Jabali Ridge mess tent serves course meal.


Msembe headquarters Bandas, Cottages, and Hostels is another accommodation option offering Tanzania’s best ranging from self-catering cottages, hostels, and bandas standing t directly on the Great River, the rooms have private bathrooms. If you choose to stay in a banda, you may be able to cook on your own.

How to get to Ruaha national park

Travelers can easily get to Ruaha national park by flying into one of two airstrips located at Ruaha national park's headquarters at Msembe, or at Jongomero.


There is a domestic flight by the coastal Aviation operating daily flights from Arusha, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Selous, and from Serengeti. Safari Airlink and Auric Air also offer domestic flights to Ruaha national park from different destinations with Tanzania.