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In the heart of southern Tanzania the Ruaha National Park has a hot, dry climate and dramatic scenery.

The great Ruaha River runs along the southeast border, tumbling over boulders and flanked by riparian woodland. Away from the river there are baobab forests, open grasslands and fresh springs.

Wildlife of Ruaha National Park

Game is prolific with ungulates including impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, giraffe, zebra and buffalo. Both greater and lesser kudu are present, as well as roan and sable antelope. There are large prides of lion, often twenty or more, spotted and striped hyena, several packs of wild dog and leopard. The birdlife is particularly colourful, and sitting in camp it’s not unusual to spot many species such as emerald spotted doves, brown parrots and crested barbets.

Activities

Impala in Ruaha National Park, TanzaniaActivities in Ruaha focus on game drives which are particularly rewarding in the dry season when the game congregates at the river. With only a few camps in the park, visitor numbers are few and it’s unspoilt and peaceful.

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    Accommodation choices for Ruaha National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Ruaha National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Mdonya Old River Camp, Ruaha National Park

      Mdonya Old River Camp

      Medium

      This small, simple and very authentic safari camp allows for excellent game viewing opportunities, with a variety of wildlife regularly passing through the camp. Situated in the west of Ruaha National Park, a stay here will allow you to immerse yourself in the bush lifestyle.

    • Tent interior at Kwihala

      Kwihala

      First Class

      Set in the heart of wild Ruaha National Park, Kwihala is an intimate tented camp that offers exceptional service and guiding. Simple but extremely comfortable, it makes a fantastic base from which to explore the park.

    • View from your tent at Jongomero Camp, Ruaha National Park

      Jongomero Camp

      Deluxe

      Out in the wilderness of Ruaha National Park and on the banks of the Jongomero River, the luxurious Jongomero Camp is a great option for those on safari in Ruaha.

    • Mwagusi Camp lounge area

      Mwagusi Camp

      First Class

      Mwagusi is an excellent camp for photographers and real wildlife enthusiasts. The emphasis is put firmly on the wildlife, not luxury frills, although the camp is superbly comfortable none the less.

    • Kichaka tent

      Kichaka Frontier Camp

      First Class

      The emphasis on your stay at Kichaka will be the superb guiding and the experience out on foot exploring Ruaha. The camp itself is a back to basics base for your explorations, but has enough creature comforts to offer you a relaxing stay.

    • Ruaha River Lodge, Ruaha National Park

      Ruaha River Lodge

      Medium

      Ruaha River Lodge is pretty, friendly and has a superb location. It is an ideal base from which to explore the Ruaha.

    Ideas for experiencing Ruaha National Park

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Ruaha National Park, and which use the best local guides.

    • Lilac-breasted Roller, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

      Walking Safari in Ruaha National Park

      Ruaha National Park

      The emphasis on your safari with your host and guide, Moli, is on the walking safaris which really unveil the magic of Ruaha National Park. You can also incorporate bushcraft into a walk.