Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

Tanzania’s largest national park, home to large herds of elephants and a rich variety of wildlife.

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’s largest national park, spans over 20,000 square kilometers in the heart of the country. This vast and remote wilderness is characterized by rugged landscapes, dramatic escarpments, and the great Ruaha River that winds through the park. Known for its large elephant herds and diverse ecosystems, Ruaha offers an exceptional and less crowded safari experience, providing a true sense of adventure and discovery.

What to Expect

Visitors to Ruaha National Park can expect a rich and varied wildlife experience. The park is renowned for its impressive populations of elephants, with herds often seen congregating around the Ruaha River and its tributaries. In addition to elephants, Ruaha is home to a significant number of predators, including large prides of lions, leopards, cheetahs, and packs of endangered African wild dogs.

The park’s diverse habitats, which range from open savannas and miombo woodlands to riverine forests and rocky outcrops, support a wide variety of other wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and numerous antelope species such as greater and lesser kudu, sable, and roan antelopes. Bird enthusiasts will also find Ruaha a paradise, with over 570 bird species recorded in the park.

Activities and Highlights

  • Game Drives: Enjoy morning, afternoon, and full-day game drives with knowledgeable guides.
  • Walking Safaris: Experience the park’s flora and fauna up close on a guided walk.
  • Birdwatching: Discover over 570 bird species, including raptors and waterbirds.
  • Cultural Visits: Engage with the local community and visit nearby villages.
  • Photography: Capture stunning images of wildlife, landscapes, and the picturesque Ruaha River.


Ruaha National Park offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury lodges and tented camps to more rustic bush camps. Each provides a unique experience, whether you’re looking for comfort, adventure, or an authentic wilderness experience.

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season (June to October) is ideal for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around water sources. The wet season (November to May) is perfect for birdwatching and enjoying lush landscapes.
  • What to Pack: Bring lightweight clothing, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. Warm clothing is recommended for cool mornings and evenings. Insect repellent is also essential.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure you have necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria medication. Always follow your guide’s instructions and respect the wildlife and local communities.

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