RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s premier safari destinations and is located in the southern part of Tanzania, Ruaha National Park covers an area of approximately 20,226 square kilometers (7,809 square miles), making it the largest national park in Tanzania. It is situated in the heart of Tanzania, within the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem. Ruaha National Park is known for its incredible biodiversity and diverse wildlife. It is home to a wide range of animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and various antelope species. The park also boasts an impressive bird population with over 570 recorded species.The park’s landscapes are characterized by rolling hills, riverine vegetation, rocky outcrops, and scattered baobab trees. The Great Ruaha River flows through the park and serves as a vital water source for the abundant wildlife.Ruaha National Park is accessible by both road and air. There are airstrips within the park, allowing for convenient flights from other parts of Tanzania. Alternatively, it can be reached by a long drive from major cities like Dar es Salaam or Iringa.
TOP ATTRACTIONS IN RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we meet you at your lodge in Arusha for short safari briefing then driving to Tarangire National Park. On the way you will pass at the middle of Arusha town for any last minute purchase before heading to the bush. This Park is known for its huge Elephant population and giant Baobab trees. Over 3000 elephant has been recorded in this park moving around Tarangire Lake Manyara ecosystem.
The park drive its name from the famous River (Tarangire River) that crossing at the middle of the park and saves as a permanent source of water in the entire area. The parks has got a beautiful landscape and it is home to same rare animal species like Greater Kudu, Fringed Eared Oryx and the Ash stalling. Lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest Zebra & many antelopes can be spotted in this park. Late afternoon drive to Migombani Public Campsite or similar close to Lake Manyara for sunset watch, dinner & overnight.
Accommodation at Migombani Public Campsite
1: Abundant Wildlife
Ruaha is known for its impressive population of African elephants, which are one of the park’s iconic attractions. The park is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, and various antelope species. The chances of spotting these magnificent creatures are high, creating incredible wildlife viewing opportunities.
2: Great Ruaha River
The Great Ruaha River, flowing through the park, is a lifeline for wildlife during the dry season. It attracts a multitude of animals, including thirsty elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a wide variety of bird species. The river offers a scenic backdrop and provides excellent opportunities for observing wildlife interactions and behavior.
ARuaha National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, with over 570 recorded bird species. The park boasts an impressive diversity of avian life, including various raptors, hornbills, kingfishers, weavers, and the endemic Ruaha red-billed hornbill. Birdwatching enthusiasts can delight in observing these colorful and fascinating birds in their natural habitats.
4: Varied Landscapes
The landscapes of Ruaha National Park are diverse and picturesque. From rolling hills and rocky outcrops to riverine forests and open plains, the park offers a captivating blend of scenery. The iconic baobab trees scattered across the park’s landscapes provide striking photo opportunities, especially during sunrise and sunset.