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

Accommodation in Ruaha National Park

Jabali Ridge, Ruaha

Jabali Ridge is a super-luxury safari lodge set in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, a vast wilderness of savannah plains and wooded valleys that teem with wildlife. The camp is made up of 10 suites, nestled into the rocky ridges of the kopje on which the lodge stands. The views from the suites are breathtaking, with private decks providing the perfect…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Kigelia Lodge, Ruaha

Kigelia Ruaha is a luxury safari camp located in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania. The camp is made up of just 6 tented suites, each located along a dry riverbed, and providing an intimate, indulgent safari experience. Each suite is spacious, with large comfortable beds, and en-suite bathroom facilities. The bathrooms are unique and quaint- the showers are bucket showers…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Kwihala Camp, Ruaha

Kwihala Camp is a small, intimate safari camp located in Tanzania’s game-rich Ruaha National Park. Ruaha’s open plains and wooded valleys teem with wildlife, including the famous Big 5. The camp consists of just 6 en-suite safari tents, each comfortably furnished, and featuring bucket safari showers and flushing toilets. The private verandas provide a perfect spot from which to relax…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.
Where

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

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


Wildlife Ratings

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