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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 20 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.


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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    • Walking Safari in Ruaha National Park
      Lilac-breasted Roller, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

      Walking Safari in Ruaha National Park

      Walking Safari in 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.

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