It is Tanzania’s largest national and covers more than 20,000km2.  The settlers did not like to stay at Ruaha because it was infested by tsetse flies and the extreme dry weather was not conducive. This led to the park being well kept making it to have a unique experience for the tourists.  It combines spectacular landscape with game viewing creating variety when it comes to the activities to be carried out.  The park predominantly experience dry climate especially from June to October.  The park has Ruaha River which rescues the wild animals from thirst.  Most of the time the wild animals revolve around the river and hence this makes it easier for tourist to view most of the animals at a short span.

The park offers variety of game, birdlife and reptiles.  There are buffalo, zebra, Defassa waterbuck, impala, bushbuck, giraffe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, greater kudu (some of the most handsomely horned males you’ll come across anywhere in Africa) also the more elusive roan and sable antelope. Grant’s gazelle and lesser kudu are also found here and are good examples of game that is more typically associated with areas further north. (It’s also one of the few places where you can see both greater and lesser kudu in the same area.)  It is also home to the largest elephant population found in of any Tanzanian national parks, with some 12,000 elephants migrating through the greater Ruaha ecosystem each year.

It is also an excellent park for predators. Lions are not only numerous and much habituated to vehicles, but the prides tend to be unusually large, often numbering more than 20 individuals. Cheetah can often be seen hunting on the open plains; and the park has a particularly good reputation for leopard sightings. It is one of the last major strongholds for African wild dog populations with more than 100 found here. Black-backed jackal and spotted hyena are both very common and easily seen, and the rarer striped hyena, though seldom observed, also lives here.

The birdlife is magnificent and the park is known as Tanzania’s paradise.  It has more than 571 species some believed to have migrated from Europe and Asia.  There are both scheduled and chartered flights into the park mainly from Arusha, Dodoma, Kigoma and Dar-es-salaam. Park’s airstrips are located at Msembe and Jongomero

There are varieties of accommodations to choose, from tented camps to lodges.

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