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Located at the heart of Tanzania, Ruaha is the 'other park' on the Southern circuit.  Ruaha's relative inaccessibility means it gets far fewer tourists than the Selous and less than any comparable park in the Northern circuit.  The rewards of travelling this far are a wild landscape with baobab studded hills and rocky escarpments, with superb wildlife; Ruaha has reliably exciting predator concentrations, huge elephant and buffalo herds and a cross over of game from southern and Eastern Africa.  
Tanzania's largest National Park, Ruaha is a wilder and more remote park than its southern neighbour Selous Game Reserve, and ultimately has the better wildlife, albeit without boating safaris.  We love this park!    Show me more >

Ruaha: the game

Ruaha has all the predators on show, with very good lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog and hyena.   Show me more >

Ruaha: the activities

The main activity in Ruaha is daytime game driving.  Night safaris are not permitted.  Due to the high numbers of elephant in Ruaha some camps have chosen not to operate walking safaris.  Those that do (Kwihala, Jongomero and Kigelia) have some superb guides and can offer amazing walking safaris.  Jongomero is the only camp to operate fly camping trips with adventurous nights spent out under the stars.

Ruaha: when to go

Like the Selous, Ruaha is a classic dry season park.  Game gets progressively better towards the end of the end of the season as the water holes and rivers dry up and the game concentrates around water.  Like the Selous, travelling to Ruaha out of season will virtually guarantee that you see no other people whilst on safari, and there are pockets in the park where the game concentrations are good at any time of the year.  The birding from December through to March is exceptional.

Ruaha: where to stay

There are a couple of great top end camps in Ruaha, with Jongomero leading the way for luxurious accommodation. Jongomero is a very beautiful, remote safari camp that is probably one of the best camps in Tanzania.  Mwagusi is the oldest lodge in the park, and when the owner Chris Fox is in camp, this place can provide a safari experience to knock you sideways.  The less expensive Kwihala Camp is a very affordable luxury tented camp whereas its sister camp Mdonya Old River is a great option for the adventurous with less of a budget.  Ruaha River Lodge is by far the largest of camps in Ruaha in a superb location, though is not up to the standard of the others.  Show me more >


  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 5 out of our Big 7 icon
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