Ruaha National Park
The almost untouched ecosystem of Ruaha National Park invites you into a unique safari experience, including some rare and endangered species that you won’t see at other parks. The Great Ruaha River, as well as Mwagusi, Jongomero and Mzombe, flow between beautiful undulating hills. The semi-arid vegetation is dominated by baobab and acacia trees, but over 1,650 plant species have been identified in the park.
As well as elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and impala, you should also keep an eye out for endangered wild dogs or even the greater kudu (a woodland antelope), which you won’t find in any other national park. Waterfalls along the Great Ruaha River are also well worth a stop-off as they are an important habitat for hippos, fish and crocodiles.
A bird-watcher’s paradise, the park is home to more than 571 species, including those that have migrated from Europe, Asia, the Australian rim and Madagascar. Though birds can be seen all the year around, the best time for bird-watching is during the wet season, when the vegetation will also be at its most luscious.
Ruaha National Park Gallery
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK MAP
Wito's Top Picks - Accommodation in Ruaha National Park
As a base for exploring all that Ruaha National Park has to offer, it doesn’t get more lavish than Jabali Ridge. Made up of just eight suites that almost disappear into the surrounding landscape, this is first class accommodation at its best. With an infinity pool, full spa and gin bar, we would highly recommend Jabali Ridge to couples, newlyweds, and those who want the ultimate luxury experience for their stay in Ruaha National Park. The great thing about this location is that it’s a bit more off the beaten tourist track, so it really does feel like your own personal wilderness.
We love this camp because it takes you right back to nature and lets the landscape speak for itself. The simple charm of this place is refreshing, with just six tents clustered beneath the Sausage Tree (Kigelia Africana). It’s peaceful, remote and it stirs the senses as you tune in with the rustles, calls and sighs of the wilderness around you. If you’re on a budget, or just don’t want all the trappings and distractions of a high spec, luxury lodge, this is an excellent choice. You can experience the thrills of big cat sightings and elephant encounters, while enjoying the comfort and attention of a friendly, dedicated team.