Ruaha, the second largest of Tanzania’s National Parks after the Serengeti, is a truly unspoilt wilderness of some 13,000 sq. km. Part of the protected Rungwa-Kisigo-Ruaha ecosystem, the park represents a transition zone where eastern and southern African species of fauna and flora overlap.
- Superb big game viewing in one of East Africa’s most scenic parks
- Off the beaten track wilderness atmosphere
- Interesting crossover of East and Southern African animals & birds
- Often cited by professional guides as their favourite park in Tanzania
The Great Ruaha River is fringed by tall acacia, fig and baobab trees and flows along the park’s entire eastern boundary through rugged gorges and open plains, bringing life-giving water to the many resident animals.
There is a huge variety of wildlife in including one of the largest populations of elephant in any African park. The dry, open hillsides encourage antelope and buffalo to gather into large herds, whilst the terrain is ideal for seeing predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog. Ruaha is the only East Africa park with both greater and lesser kudu, as well as sable and roan antelopes.
The river and its tributaries are home to a significant number of hippo and crocodiles, whilst almost 500 species of birds have been recorded in this National Park alone.
The peace and isolation perhaps makes Ruaha Tanzania’s best kept secret.