Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 8

Lookout for

Greater Kudu
Lesser Kudu
Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Buffalo
Giraffe
Wildebeest
Zebra
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope
Waterbuck
Eland
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile
Ostrich

Ruaha is Tanzania's largest national park and lies in the convergence zone where northern and southern hemisphere birds and mammal species overlap resulting in an incredible array of species. More than 500 bird species, 1400 plants and an incredible diversity of mammal species are found here. The landscapes and vistas are astonishing with the Rift Valley running through the park and the Great Ruaha River bringing life to the area during the dry months. What makes the park particularly appealing is that it represents true African wilderness at its best. For those not looking to join the crowds of safari goers hitting the northern circuit then this is for you. A true gem and worthy of recommendation.

Why we like it

Wild and remote; Large lion prides; Off the beaten track

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 12 950 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Iringa

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Kigelia Lodge, Ruaha Super Luxury Full Board
Kwihala Camp, Ruaha Super Luxury Full Board
Ruaha River Lodge Luxury Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Buffalo
Elephant


BRIDS
African Fish Eagle
Bateleur Eagle
Secretary Bird
Carmine Bee Eater


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
African Rock Python


TREES
Baobab
Umbrella Thorn


HABITAT TYPES
Savannah Woodland
Rocky Outcrop
Open Grassland
Riverine
Thornveld