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Ruaha National Park

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Ruaha combines the untrammelled wilderness of Katavi with the jaw—dropping vastness and wildlife of Serengeti and Tarangire. In the largest national park of East Africa your safari begins the moment the airstrip comes into sight, the pilot deftly maneuvering past the giraffe and zebra roaming around.

Flowing across the base of the Rift Valley at an altitude of almost I,ooom, the great river that gives Ruaha its name is also its life artery. While the waters turn wild during the torrential rains at the peak of the wet season, the floods subside, calming down into tranquil pools. Where there is water there is life, and the fine network of game Viewing trails follows the main river and seasonal tributaries.

 Fans of the greater kudu are in the right place

With the vast savannah dotted with mighty baobabs, hills and rocky outcrops and its river valleys full of palm trees, the park is exceptionally beautiful. Almost the entire cast of the Tanzanian savannah show is to be seen, with the antelope as the undisputed star. Since Ruaha combines acacia savannah of East Africa and the miombo woodland of Southern Africa, there is an unusually high diversity of this elegant species. Fans of the greater kudu are in the right place. Nowhere else is the population flourishing as it is here. And Ruaha is one of only two parks home to both roan and sable antelope; the latter easier to spot than anywhere else.

Unfortunately for these humble herbivores, they always need to be on their guard, with a hungry carnivore never far away. Lions are especially numerous, although their favourite meal wildebeest is scarce. Even wild dogs are found in Ruaha, one of the most important refuge for this highly endangered species.

Since the park had three different types of habitats within its boundaries — tree and scrub savannah, miombo savannah and wetlands — the avifauna is remarkably rich. With over 550 bird species, even a short morning walk will be extremely rewarding. And don’t forget to look down, or you might miss the chance to spot both species of monitor lizard: the Nile monitor and the more elusive white—throated savannah monitor.

With over 550 bird species, even a short morning walk will be extremely rewarding

  • Ruaha National Park was established in 1964.
  • It is Tanzania’s largest national park, covering 20,200 kmz.
  • From north—east to south-west it stretches 260 km.
  • Height: in general up to 1,000 m, with some peaks in the west reaching 1,800 m.
  • Average temperatures: 25—30 °C (daytime) and 15-18 °C (at night). October and November are hottest months (35-42 °C), with July having the coldest nights (as low as 5 °C).
  • Dry season: May — October, good for spotting large mammals. - Wet season: November — April (less rainy in December- February), good for bird—watching, lush scenery and wildflowers.
  • Best time to visit: July — October.

The park is one of the most important refuge for the highly endangered wild dog

What to do

Safari Photographing, bird watching, camping, game drives and bush lunch.

Ruaha National Park