Bounded by the great river Ruaha, Ruaha National park has a great array of predators in Tanzania. For a family tour and group experience Ruaha is the closest park from Dar es salaam.
Second only to Katavi in its aura of untrammeled wilderness, but far more accessible, Ruaha National Park protects a vast tract of the rugged, semi-arid bush country that characterizes central Tanzania. Its lifeblood is the Great Ruaha River, which courses along the eastern boundary in a flooded torrent during the height of the rains, but dwindling thereafter to a scattering of precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand and rock.
This impressive array of large predators is boosted by both striped and spotted hyena, as well as several conspicuous packs of the highly endangered African wild dog. Ruaha’s unusually high diversity of antelope is a function of its location, which is transitional to the acacia savannah of East Africa and the miombo woodland belt of Southern Africa.
• Fourth Largest National Park in Tanzania.
• Shares boundary with Selous Game Reserve in the south which is transected by the main road from Dar es Salaam to Iringa.
• Animals migrate between the Mikumi National Park and the Selous Game Reserve.
• Lions, Buffaloes, Impalla, Gazelles, Elephants, Giraffes can be found in the National park an hippoes and crocodiles in the rivers.
• Over 400 bird species resident in Ruaha National Park.
WHEN TO GO
Climate is tropical and the park is accessible year round. The best time to visit the park is during the dry season which is June through February. During the rainy season (March through – May) some of the park roads may be impassable
• Safari drives within the national park with 4×4 vehicles.
• Guided walks in selected areas.
• Visit the nearby Selous Game Reserve are Udzungwa Mountains National Park.