Ruaha national park Tanzania is a remote safari park which is also among the largest parks found in the southern part of Tanzania. Wildlife viewing around Ruaha national park during Tanzania Safaris tours can be done at any time of the year and the national park is made up of savannah grasslands, baobabs, woodland and the Ruaha river which flows in the park.
Ruaha river flows up to the southern parts of the national park and the national park is also named after this river. Many wildlife species gather around this river and can be seen during tours around Ruaha national park.
A few tourists visit the southern parks of Tanzania like Ruaha national park for wildlife safaris and they tend to prefer safaris in the northern part of the country where national parks like Serengeti national park are found.
During a safari around Ruaha national park, the wildlife species which can be seen when driving around the park include elephants, waterbucks, impalas, cheetahs, gazelles, hyenas, jackals, bushbucks, hartebeest, giraffes, kudu, buffalos, hippos as well as predators like lions, cheetahs and leopards. These wildlife species can be spotted around the river banks as they drink water and around the savannah.
Ruaha national park is known for having many elephants which can be seen during a tour around the savannah plains. Greater kudu found in this national park are also in big numbers and this also attracts many visitors to go to Ruaha national park.
The landscape in Ruaha national park is also very beautiful for photography during a tour around the destination. Ruaha national park covers about 20,000 square kilometers. the national park was merged with Usangu game reserve and this made it become one of the largest national parks of Tanzania.
Best time to visit Ruaha national park
Ruaha national park can be visited at any time of the year for safaris and the June to October is considered the best time for safaris at the destination when wildlife species can be seen along the water sources in the park.
The rain season takes place around February, March and April which is a time when the vegetation is lush and wildlife can also be spotted during a safari and photography at this time of the year is also amazing. Rains are also received around November which is a good time for bird watching when migrant bird species can be seen.
Ruaha national park is the perfect destination for a wildlife viewing experience in Tanzania while avoiding crowds.
There are many things to do during a safari around Ruaha national park in Tanzania game drives, nature walks, bird watching among others.
Game viewing in Ruaha national park is an amazing experience and during game drives in the national park a variety of wildlife species can be spotted such as elephants, antelopes, kudu, buffalos, giraffes, lions, leopards and many others. Game drives take place at different times of day such as in the morning and in the afternoon. During a game drive, you can also enjoy seeing as the predators hunt around the destination.
Nature walks around Ruaha national park are carried out in the company of a ranger guide. Wildlife species of a variety can also be encountered during these guided walking safaris around the national park while getting a close experience with the natural surroundings in the destination.
Bird watching is also among the many activities which can be carried out when exploring Ruaha national park. Over 570 bird species are found in the national park and can be seen when touring the destination such as hornbills, bee eaters, falcons, kingfishers, eagles, ashy starlings, herons, falcons, barbets among others.
How to get to Ruaha national park during a tour in Tanzania
Ruaha national park is found in the southern part of Tanzania and can be accessed by different means of transport such as driving and flight.
The drive from Dar es Salaam to Ruaha national park takes about 10 hours and another option of getting to the national park is by flights from Julius Nyerere international airport (DAR). Scheduled and charter flights can be taken to the national park.
After a tour around the northern safari destinations of Tanzania, flights can also be taken from Arusha airport to Ruaha national park with airlines such as Coastal aviation which has flights to different destinations in Tanzania. Fly in safaris are also popular for tours to Ruaha national park.
Other national parks found around the southern part of Tanzania include Nyerere national park or Selous game reserve, Mikumi national park, Udzungwa mountains national park and also Saadani national park.
During tours around Ruaha national park, there are different lodges and camps to stay and they include midrange and luxury lodges such as Ruaha river lodge, Kwihala camp, Jongomero camp, Jabali ridge, Tandala tented camp among others.
Visit Tanzania and experience a Tanzania wildlife safari around Ruaha national park as you explore the southern part of the country.