Ruaha National Park : Facts, Features and More

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Ruaha National Park is easily accessible as it rests in the middle of the country. All of Africa’s big five are found here, as well as hundreds of bird species. During the dry season, animals in search of water find predators lying in wait. During the wet season, birds and wildflowers are plentiful.

Ruaha National Park : Facts, Features and More


10,300 sq km (3,980 sq mi), Tanzania’s 2nd biggest park.


Central Tanzania, 128km (80 mi) west of Iringa.


Getting to: 
Up to a ten hour drive, or a one and a half hour flight, from Dar es Salaam.


Best time to visit: 
For predators and large mammals, May through December; for bird-watching, lush scenery and wildflowers, January through April.


Accomodation & Services


Why should you visit?

Recently expanded to become the biggest national park in East Africa, Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest elephant sanctuary.

The Great Ruaha River in the east of the park is the source of life for most of the wildlife found in the park.  During the dry season, impala, waterbuck zebra, giraffe, buffalo and other antelopes trek to the river but are quickly preyed upon by lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs as well as hippos and crocodiles that wait in the great river.

Ruaha is also famous for its rich diversity of antelope;  grant’s gazelle, miombo-associated sable, roan antelope, and the rare greater kudu are commonly observed, as are an impressive 450 bird species.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your safari now!

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