Ruaha National Park is the largest national park of Tanzania by surface area covered. However, it is also the least visited Tanzania national parks, receiving less than 1% of the total tourist travelling to Tanzania.
Ruaha located in the southern safari circuit of Tanzania is known for its wild landscape and offers excellent game viewing experience. It is often dubbed as Tanzania’s best kept secrets as you can enjoy your game in complete solitude away from the crowd which is synonyms to other parks of Tanzania.
The park gets its name from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern border and is the heart for game-viewing.
The dominant vegetation of Ruaha is brachystegia (miombo) woodland. You can also find some areas are scattered with the striking enigmatic baobab trees.
Ruaha is known for its unbelievable animal sightings, including large herds of elephant and plenty of predators. All big cats are regularly seen, and the endangered wild dog is the star attraction. Antelope species such as greater and lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope can be seen regularly, which are rare or absent in northern Tanzania.
It is a paradise for ornithologist with over 571 species including migratory species from in and outside of Africa.
Ruaha National Park is open for tourists all year round. The middle and end of the dry season are best for game viewing as the animals congregate around the Ruaha River, which makes spotting of animals easier.
The largest national park of Tanzania, Ruaha offers an excellent wildlife viewing opportunity. Ruaha is known for its large predator's population mainly, the King of the Jungle. It is home to 10% of the remaining lions in the world. You can easily spot the endangered wild dogs and a number of antelope species. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, impalas, wildebeests and buffaloes are also found in abundance in the park.
The easiest way to reach Ruaha National Park is by charter planes. However, you can also reach the park by road, which is a bit tiring.
Iringa is the nearest city to the park and is two hours driveway from the city. However, it is around 10 hours drive away from Dar Es Salaam.
You can take direct charter flights to the park’s airstrips from Julius Nyerere International Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport.