Ruaha National Park Safaris
Ruaha National Park is the second-largest national park in Tanzania. Encompassing over 10 000km² of diverse habitats, this remote and wild park is located almost in the centre of the country and makes a great combination with both the Selous Game Reserve and the Mahale National Park.
Ruaha National Park lies between the Ruaha River in the east and the Mzombe River in the west. Between these two rivers lies a land of distinct variation; from rocky outcrops, rugged grasslands speckled with baobabs and dry riverbeds.The park forms part of Tanzania's Southern Safari Circuit - less prominent than the Northern Circuit, which includes big names like the Serengeti - although fast gaining recognition as an excellent safari option.
The appeal of a Ruaha safari lies in the largely untouched landscape, unaffected by mass tourism. The rugged landscape is wild and untamed and offers not only striking scenery, but exceptional wildlife encounters. The dry season, between July and November is by far the best time to plan your Ruaha safarithe vegetation has been grazed away, or withered by drought (making the animals easier to see) and the lack of rainfall causes the rivers to all but dry up, forcing the wildlife to congregate around the small remaining pools. In contrast, the summer months transform Ruaha National Park into a landscape of verdant vegetation and rushing rivers.
When it comes to wildlife, a safari to Ruaha isn't likely to disappoint. The park is home to large herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra and a significant complement of predators, including lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah. Some of the rarer species found here include the lesser kudu, sable and roan antelopes.
Ruaha's vast buffalo population is feverishly pursued by large prides of lion, sometimes numbering up to 20 lions, making for some riveting interactions. Birdlife in Ruaha National Park is exceptional, with over 350 species found here.