Ruaha National Park

Ruaha – Safari in seclusion, the way it should be

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Comprising a dramatic mix of golden savannah, woodlands, and rocky outcrops sprawled across 20,226 square kilometers; Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park is the largest park in East Africa. Yet, it offers one of the most secluded natural retreats available in the region. Ruaha is one of Tanzania’s most well-kept secrets, offering limited, exclusive accommodation, including tented camps, cottages, and several luxury lodges to those who venture to explore it. Less than 1% of all visitors to Tanzania visit this unspoiled wilderness and the impression of having hectares of idyllic wilderness and wide blue skies completely to yourself is part of Ruaha National Park’s unique appeal. 

The blissful solitude of this richly concentrated wildlife area makes for a truly wild safari experience – safari as it is meant to be. Ruaha is known for its numerous predators including lion, leopard, and cheetah, as well as its thriving population of endangered African wild dogs, most easily spotted in the denning season between June and August. Amongst Ruaha’s other draw cards are some of East Africa’s largest elephant herds, the proliferation of crocodiles and hippos in the Great Ruaha River, and over 520 different species of bird. 

Ruaha is easily accessible via chartered or scheduled flight from Dar es Salaam to its own private airstrip. Why not combine a visit to Ruaha safari camps with a boating safari in the remote Nyerere National Park (Selous) or an expertly guided chimpanzee trek through the densely forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains near Lake Tanganyika? 

Best Time to Visit Ruaha

Ruaha National Park offers excellent year-round wildlife sightings, however game-viewing peaks between May and October when the weather is dry, the vegetation thins out and the wildlife gathers along the shrinking watercourses.  April to November is known as the ‘green season when the luxuriant vegetation creates spectacular surroundings and birders enjoy the most rewarding twitcher activity. Peak rainfall is between February and April. 



Ruaha is very exclusive – a perfectly secluded getaway in the wilderness.

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Ruaha National Park is home to approximately 10,000 elephants.

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