Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is part of Tanzania’s Southwest Circuit (along with the Selous, Katavi and Mahale) and is a true hidden gem. Ruaha is the largest park in Tanzania, yet sees far less tourists each year than the Serengeti, making it a truly exclusive destination. The rugged landscape comprises open savannah, lush acacia forests, dry riverbeds lined with palm trees and iconic baobab trees. The prolific wildlife also delivers – the park is a predator’s paradise with leopard, cheetah, wild dog and 10% of the world’s lion population and also boasts large herds of buffalo and elephants, along with 570 species of birds. For those safari connoisseurs, you could also spot rare antelope like roan, sable and lesser and greater kudu. The dry season of June-October is the best time to visit, while November-March is the hottest time of year and might be a bit uncomfortable for most travelers. After the big rains in December, the park comes alive as the seasonal sand rivers begin to flow, plants bloom and migratory birds return. Camps are closed in April and May to mirror the camp closures in the other parks on the Southwest Circuit. Guests can enjoy their exclusive safari adventure on game drives, night drives, walking safaris and fly camping.
Ruaha is also easy to access, as there are regular, well-priced flights from Dar es Salaam, and it combines nicely with the Selous for a true remote safari or with the Serengeti (direct flight), creating an ultimate Tanzania adventure.
Our favorite accommodations in Ruaha
Ikuka Safari Camp
Tanzania’s Remote and Wild South
Escape the crowds on Tanzania’s southern circuit
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