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Join us on a safari in Ruaha National Park, home to one-third of the world’s lion population and the greatest elephant herds in Tanzania. A wonderfully amazing location for true safaris! The Ruaha National Park, located in central Tanzania, is one of Africa’s largest protected regions. It is Tanzania’s largest national park, yet because tourist numbers are low, it has a real wilderness character. Ruaha is roughly 20,226 square kilometers in size, although it is part of a much broader natural system that includes the neighboring Rungwa, Kigozo, and Muhezi reserves to the north.
Transfer from your accommodation to Dar es Salaam Airport for your flight in the morning, which will land in Msembe around 09:30am. When the plane touches down, you may spot a couple of giraffes parading on the runway, as well as elephant mums protecting their young ones beneath the shelter of baobab trees, full day game drive with packed lunch boxes. After the game drive, you will begin traveling to the lodge or camp while having an enroute game drive, arriving before dark for dinner and overnight stay at your chosen lodge/camp.
The breathtaking beauty of Ruaha is found not only in the scenery and its diverse flora and fauna, as well as the spectacular large game but also in the sense of having the wilderness all to yourself. Located near the Mwagusi River’s prime game-watching region. High populations of lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo.
After breakfast, you will go on a full-day game drive in Ruaha national park. Apart from being the largest national park in Tanzania and East Africa, the park is a birder’s paradise in Tanzania, with over 571 species, some of which are known to be migrations from inside and beyond Africa. The park has seen migrating species from Europe, Asia, the Australian rim, and Madagascar. Ruaha is thought to contain the highest concentration of elephants of any East African national park. It is also a region where spectacular creatures such as Kudu (both Greater and Lesser), Sable, and Roan antelopes may be found.
The park also serves as a refuge for endangered wild dogs. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, elands, impalas, bat-eared foxes, and jackals are among the other wildlife in the park. Aside from huge animals, the park is home to a variety of reptiles and amphibians, including crocodiles, dangerous and non-poisonous snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards, and frogs. Later return back to your lodge or camp for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will pack your belongings for the trip to Dar es Salaam. As you drive, you will pass through many communities and observe some of the inhabitants’ environmental efforts. In the afternoon, you will stop for lunch in Morogoro before continuing with the transfer. Your driver guide will take you to the airport or your hotel, and we hope to see you soon for your next tour.
The reserve is named after the permanent Ruaha River, which flows north-east into the Rufiji River before emptying into the Indian Ocean. Visitors may explore a network of routes along the main river and its many seasonal tributaries, as well as into the Baobab-clad slopes and towering miombo trees, in only a tiny area of Ruaha. Ruaha national park in Tanzania is home to nearly all of Africa’s big animal species. The Ruaha River is teeming with hippos. Large carnivores are abundant; good populations of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, and Wild Dog may be found throughout Ruaha. The park is also known for its large Elephant and Buffalo herds, as well as a variety of antelope species such as Greater and Lesser Kudu, Roan, Sable, and Eland.
Small herds of nimble Grant’s gazelle can be seen in the northwestern open plains. In this section of Tanzania, wildebeest are strangely missing. Yellow Baboons prowl the woods, while Black-and-white Colobuses live in the riparian forest in tiny numbers. Both black-backed and side-striped Jackals coexist with Honey Badger, African Civet, Serval, and Egyptian mongoose as lesser carnivores. Ruaha is a fantastic location for birdwatchers, having over 500 species. The Tanzanian Red-billed Hornbill is quite interesting. This hornbill is common in Ruaha national park, where it may be observed with African Grey Hornbills and Von der Decken’s Hornbills. Ashy Starling, Nubian Woodpecker, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, Grey-capped Social-Weaver, Red-faced Crombec, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Collared Palm-Thrush, and Crested Barbet are other savanna and woodland birds.
Miombo forests are home to a variety of species, including the Raquet-tailed Roller, White-breasted Cuckoo shrike, and Spotted Creeper. Raptors and ducks are abundant, with African Skimmer and White-crowned Lapwing nesting on the Ruaha River’s huge sandbars.
Ruaha national park is one of those hidden jams that you should explore during your visit to Tanzania. The Usangu Game Reserve united with Ruaha in 2008, becoming Tanzania’s largest national park, covering more than 20,000km2. Despite its immensity, the park has just a few camps, which has earned Ruaha the distinction of Tanzania’s best kept game watching secret.
Ruaha’s untamed and unspoiled atmosphere distinguishes it from neighboring reserves, making it a favorite choice for frequent east African safarigoers. This pristine wilderness is rich in flora and wildlife, and it is home to a diverse range of creatures like as Greater and Lesser Kudu, roan and sable antelopes, and other species that are seldom seen in other game parks, particularly in Northern Tanzania. Ruaha National Park is well-known for its elephant and buffalo populations. The Ruaha River, which plays an essential role in the park’s environment, is home to a significant number of hippos and crocodiles.
The Great Ruaha River is the main tourist attraction in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park and the most important river that runs along the park’s eastern edge. The river draws a large number of animals during the dry season, including lions, leopards, hunting or wild dogs, impala, waterbuck, warthog, giraffe, and elands. Ostriches, cheetahs, and Grants Gazelles can be found on the plains. The park is abundant in bird life all year, with over 450 bird species documented.
Game drives conducted by skilled guides in the Ruaha National Park take place twice daily and provide both first-time and seasoned safari enthusiasts with an excellent opportunity to see the region’s wildlife. Keep an eye out for larger and lesser kudu, as well as the beautiful sable antelope and enormous elephant herds. Face a lion and take a selfie with one of Ruaha’s historic baobab trees. Extend your game drive in the morning to include a delightful picnic meal, and in the evening, enjoy a cool sundowner stop while watching the last rays of the sun dance over the landscape.
A 2-3-hour walking safari with a skilled guide provides a genuinely special and unique view of the park’s intriguing residents and is an excellent introduction to the smaller creatures and breathtaking assortment of the Ruaha National Park. The park’s towering baobabs, which stand guard over the landscape, are a must-see. Their eye-catching look provides excellent picture opportunity! The glittering canals that attract an abundance of wildlife are another outstanding feature of Ruaha. Late June is the greatest time to go on a walking safari.
This beautiful Park has a terrific lineup of games for you to enjoy. Predators abound, and lion, leopard, and cheetah, as well as wild dog and hyena, would gladly greet you. If you are really quiet and covert while out strolling, you may get up close and personal with enormous buffalo and elephant herds.
The dry season, from May to December, is ideal for game viewing. Some trails in the park can become inaccessible during the rainy months of January through April.
You can drive across Ruaha national park on your own, but a safari will save you money on car rental and gas. In addition, most safaris include lodging, food, and airport transfer. Supplies in the national park are scarce, so carry or buy anything you might need – from extra camera batteries to Band-Aids – before entering the area.
While planning to book with us your 3 Days Ruaha national park tour in Tanzania, here are some of the lodges and camps that we recommend for your stay in the park; Jongomero Camp, Jabali Ridge Tented Camp, Jabali Private House, Kigelia Ruaha Safari Camp, Tandala Tented Camp, and Ruaha River Lodge.
In summary; Ruaha is home to 40% of Tanzania’s lion population and 10% of Africa’s overall lion population. Watch enormous prides of over thirty golden felines prowl the broad countryside, confirming their modest, protected area. These prides require a lot of food, and their favorite item on the menu is robust buffalo. When the buffalo prides leave, the lions attack on giraffe, kudu, and elephants on rare occasions.
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