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 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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Places near Ruaha National Park
- Southern Tanzania 131 miles away
- Mikumi National Park 175 miles away
- Western Tanzania 221 miles away
- Selous Game Reserve 236 miles away
- Katavi National Park 244 miles away
- Tarangire National Park 253 miles away
- Lake Eyasi 265 miles away
- Lake Manyara National Park 287 miles away
- Karatu 292 miles away
- Saadani 293 miles away
- Ngorongoro Crater 297 miles away
- Northern Tanzania 297 miles away
- Bagamoyo 298 miles away
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