An area of great diversity due to its location as the transition zone between east African savannah and southern African woodland.
Tanzania Travel Guide to Ruaha National Park
Ruaha Safari HighlightsVery large prides of lions. Limited visitors still, due to the parks 'newness'.
Ruaha Safari ActivitiesGame drives, bird-watching, fly-camping - 2 man, dome tentsAn area of great diversity due to its location as the transition zone between east African savannah and southern African woodland Ruaha National Park is the unknown gem in African safaris. Described by naturalists as Africa's park of the future the world is awaking to the lure of Ruaha.
With its ideal location the park supports a great variety and numbers of herbivores - which in turn supports a large predator population, including large lion prides. Of special interest are the number of species that have since been re-classified from studies done in the park.The Great Ruaha River is the source of life for the park, attracting great herds to its banks during the dry season. In recent years the river has dried up towards the end of the dry season due to climatic changes and farming practices up-river - but there is usually enough water in pools to sudtain the diversity.
Ruaha suffered a great deal from rampant poaching in the 1980's and 1990's but with renewed resources the Tanzanian authorities have succeeded in getting Ruaha back to its former glory - and it is waiting to be explored.
When to go to RuahaThe best time to visit Ruaha is during the dry season when the wildlife concentrates along the Great Ruaha River
How to get to Ruaha in TanzaniaThe best way to get to Ruaha National Park is by flying from Dar Es Salaam - or as part of a safari that includes Selous. Driving is possible but time-consuming.
Ruaha National Park Safari LodgesSee accommodation options below.
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