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Ruaha National Park

Introduction

Since combining with Usangu Game Reserve, Ruaha now takes the title of being the largest National Park in Tanzania (2nd to the Serengeti National Park). It covers a massive area of 23,000km² and is located in south-west Tanzania.

Ruaha is regarded as one of Tanzania's wildest national parks and being one of the lesser visited in the country, it remains an isolated, peaceful and an unspoilt wilderness.

The parks gets it name from from the Great Ruaha River, the main feature, which rises in the swamps to the south and sweeps north and eastward through the park. Its deep pools, gorges and swirling rapids make for excellent fishing. The River features large numbers of hippos and crocodiles as well as the clawless otter.

Ruaha is famous for its abundance of elephant - boasting to have the highest population of any East African National park. It is a top destination for birdwatching, with over 530 different species of birds having been recorded in the region, many of which are not found in northern Tanzania.

Other wildlife found in the park include buffalo, Giraffe, Cheetah, Lion, leopard, African Wild Dog, Hippo, Crocodile, a wide variety of antelope including the rarer Greater and Lesser Kudu and the Roan, Sable and Eland antelope.

A visit to Ruaha National park is often combined with a safari in one of the other Southern Circuit National Parks, Selous, Mikumi, Saadani, or Udzungwa (Tanzania's newest National Park).

The best months to visit Ruaha National Park for a wildlife safari are from June to December and for bird watching during the wet season from the months of January through to April. The scenery is stunning during the raining season but the roads are often in very poor condition and sometimes impassible.

Note that the park may be closed during the heaviest rains (April and May)

Safaris visting Ruaha National Park

Safari in Ruaha National Park
Safari in Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is famous for its abundance of elephant - boasting to have the highest population of any East African National park. It is also a top destination for birdwatching,
4 Days - USD $1,767
Tanzania Fly-in Safari to to Ruaha, Mikumi, Saadani
Tanzania Fly-in Safari to to Ruaha, Mikumi, Saadani
Experience the remote and little-visited part of the country with abundant wildlife visting Ruaha National Park, Mikumi and Saadani National Park, Tanzania's first coastal wildlife sanctuary, plus 2 days on the beach
8 Days - USD $2,166
Tanzania, Southern Circuit Camping Safari
Tanzania, Southern Circuit Camping Safari
Enjoy seeing different wild animals during game drives, on a boat safari and or walking safari to in Udzungwa, Ruaha and Mikumi National Parks and Selous Game Reserve.
10 Days - USD $3,187
Ruaha National Park Cultural and Biking Safari
Ruaha National Park Cultural and Biking Safari
Visit FEMA, an organisation of women formed between to town Feheirm in Germany and Matamba Village combined with biking to Ruaha Camp. Game viewing and walking safari.
4 Days - USD $1,275
Tanzania: Great Tour and Zanzibar Beach Holiday
Tanzania: Great Tour and Zanzibar Beach Holiday
This Safari covers the highlights of Tanzania: the migration in the Serengeti, the stunning Ngorongoro Crater and the wild and adventurous Selous Park. At the end of this trip you will relax on a pristine beach in Zanzibar
19 Days - USD $12,955

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