Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

Welcome to Ruaha National Park, a hidden gem in the heart of Tanzania. With its vast landscapes and diverse wildlife, this pristine wilderness offers an unforgettable safari experience like no other. Covering an impressive expanse of over 20,000 square kilometers, Ruaha National Park is one of Africa's largest national parks. Its remote location ensures a sense of exclusivity, allowing visitors to truly immerse themselves in the unspoiled beauty of the African savannah. Home to an abundance of wildlife, including the famous African elephants, lions, buffaloes, and leopards, Ruaha National Park offers unrivaled opportunities for game viewing and photography. It is also a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 570 species calling this park their home. Apart from its diverse wildlife, Ruaha National Park boasts breathtaking landscapes of rolling hills, ancient baobab trees, and winding rivers. From breathtaking sunsets over the Great Ruaha River to thrilling walking safaris, this park offers a range of activities for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first African safari, Ruaha National Park promises an unforgettable experience filled with untamed beauty, exciting wildlife encounters, and unforgettable memories. Get ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime in the heart of Tanzania's untamed wilderness.

Best time to visit Ruaha National Park Monthly Guide


January is a great time to visit Ruaha National Park. The park is lush and green from the short rains, and wildlife is abundant. It's a fantastic time for birdwatching as migratory birds arrive.


February continues the green season, with wildlife gathering around water sources. It's an excellent time for photography, with dramatic skies and vibrant landscapes.


March marks the end of the green season, with some lingering rains. The park is less crowded, and the vegetation is still lush, making it a good time for wildlife viewing.


April is the start of the dry season, with cooler temperatures. Wildlife congregates around the remaining water sources, making for excellent game viewing opportunities.


May is a transitional month, with temperatures starting to rise. The vegetation begins to thin out, making it easier to spot wildlife.


June is the start of the peak season in Ruaha National Park. The weather is dry and cool, and wildlife is abundant. It's an excellent time for predator sightings.


July continues the dry season, with clear skies and cool temperatures. Wildlife viewing is excellent, particularly along the Great Ruaha River.


August is one of the best months to visit Ruaha National Park. Wildlife congregates around the drying riverbeds, making for spectacular game viewing.


September is still a great time to visit, with wildlife sightings remaining excellent. The park is less crowded than earlier in the year.


October marks the start of the rainy season, with temperatures starting to rise. It's a good time for birdwatching as migrant birds start to arrive.


November sees the start of the short rains, bringing relief from the heat. The park is lush and green, but wildlife viewing can be challenging due to the dense vegetation.


December continues the short rains, with the park becoming greener. Wildlife is still abundant, and it's a good time for birdwatching as migrant birds settle in.

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Activities in Ruaha National Park

Game Drives

Explore the park on a game drive, where you can spot a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and more. The park's diverse landscapes and habitats provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
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Walking Safaris Take

Walking SafarisTake a guided walking safari to explore the park on foot and get closer to nature. Learn about the park's flora and fauna from experienced guides and enjoy the tranquility of the bush.

Bird Watching

Ruaha is a birdwatcher's paradise, with over 570 bird species recorded. Look out for the endemic Ruaha red-billed

Night Game Drives

Experience the park's nightlife on a night game drive, where you can spot nocturnal animals such as hyenas, civets, genets, and more. The park's predators are also more active at night, providing a thrilling experience.


Ruaha offers incredible opportunities for photography, with stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife. Capture the beauty of the park on camera and create lasting memories of your safari experience.

Cultural Visits

Visit a local village to learn about the traditional way of life of the local tribes, such as the Maasai and Barabaig. Experience traditional dances, visit local markets, and learn about the community's customs and traditions.

River Safaris

Take a boat safari on the Great Ruaha River and explore the park from a different perspective. Spot wildlife coming to drink at the riverbanks and enjoy the serenity of the riverine environment.

Fly Camping

Experience the ultimate adventure with a fly camping trip in the park. Sleep under the stars in a lightweight tent and listen to the sounds of the bush around you for a truly immersive safari experience.

Conservation Tours

Take a guided tour of the park's conservation efforts, including anti- poaching patrols and community projects. Learn about the challenges facing the park and what is being done to protect its wildlife and habitats.

Hot Air Balloon

Safaris Experience the park from the air on a hot air balloon safari. Enjoy breathtaking views of the park's landscapes and wildlife from above for a truly memorable experience.

frequently asked questions about Ruaha National Park

What animals can be found in Ruaha National Park?
Ruaha National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and buffaloes, also known as the Big Five. The park is also home to rare and endangered species such as African wild dogs and sable antelopes.
What is the best time of year to visit Ruaha National Park?
The best time to visit Ruaha National Park is during the dry season, from June to October, when wildlife viewing is at its best. The wet season, from November to April, can make some areas of the park inaccessible due to muddy roads.
Can I stay overnight in Ruaha National Park?
Yes, there are several accommodation options within Ruaha National Park, including lodges and campsites. Staying overnight allows you to experience the park's wildlife and landscapes at different times of day.
Are there any cultural experiences available in Ruaha National Park?
Yes, visitors to Ruaha National Park can experience the local Hehe and Bena tribes' culture by visiting nearby villages. Here, you can learn about their traditional way of life, including their homes, livestock, and customs.
How do I get to Ruaha National Park?
Ruaha National Park is located in central Tanzania and is accessible by road from major cities like Dar es Salaam and Iringa. The nearest airport is in Iringa, from where you can take a road transfer to the park.
What is the entrance fee for Ruaha National Park?
The entrance fee for Ruaha National Park varies depending on your nationality and whether you are visiting as a day visitor or staying overnight. It is advisable to check the current fees before your visit.
Are there any restrictions on visiting Ruaha National Park?
Visitors to Ruaha National Park are required to follow park rules and regulations, including staying on designated roads and not disturbing wildlife. Additionally, some areas may be off- limits to visitors to protect sensitive habitats.
Is it possible to see the Great Migration in Ruaha National Park?
While Ruaha National Park is not part of the main route of the Great Migration, it is possible to see some migratory herds, especially during the dry season when animals may move in search of water and grazing land.
What activities are available in Ruaha National Park?
Ruaha National Park offers a range of activities, including game drives, walking safaris, bird watching, and cultural visits. Visitors can also enjoy photography, river safaris, and hot air balloon safaris in the park.

Hotels in Ruaha National Park Tanzania

Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
Ikuka Safari Camp
Ruaha River Lodge