TANZANIA TOUR INFORMATION
THE RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Ruaha is an astonishing park which offers a fascinating variety of landscapes and un touched nature. Ruaha, at 10,300sq km, is a naturalist’s paradise which provides even the most experienced travelers with something new. The undulating topography, glorious river and majestic trees combine to produce one of Africa’s most captivating landscapes.
Situated in central Tanzania, the Ruaha National Park is the second biggest park in Tanzania, notable for its striking topography – undulating plateau with occasional outcrops, and low mountains in south and west. Ruaha’s spectacular scenery includes rolling hills, large open plains, groves of skeletal baobabs and, along its southern border, the wide Great Ruaha River, and since visitor numbers are comparatively few, it possesses a true wilderness atmosphere.
Ruaha is bordered in the north by the Kizingio and Rungwa River Game reserve and this park is truly a vast unspoilt wilderness. It is also interesting as it represents a transition zone where eastern and southern African species of flora and fauna overlap. Ruaha is visually a treat, with wildlife landscapes of miombo forest and rolling woodlands, hills, rivers, and plains.
Tanzania -Ruaha Wildlife Tour Attractions:
Ruaha National park forms the core of a wild and extended ecosystem providing home to one of Tanzania’s largest elephant populations. Among the other animals roaming the park’s rugged terrain are large herds of buffaloes, greater and lesser Kudus, Grant’s gazelles, wild dogs, ostriches, cheetahs, both roan and sable antelopes, spotted hyena and eland.
Almost all of Africa’s large mammal species are to be found in Ruaha. It has the largest elephant population than any Tanzanian national park. Large carnivores are well represented, populations of lions doze in sandy riverbeds, leopards are wide spread, and cheetahs are often seen hunting on open plains.
For birdwatchers, Ruaha’s birdlife is extraordinary, with over 500 species recorded including goliath herons, saddle-billed storks, white-headed plovers and the white-backed night heron. There are six species of both vultures and hornbills, and raptors abound.
Enormous baobab trees are a key feature of the park, where Ruaha’s huge elephant populations relish the succulent bark of Baobab trees. Other remarkable trees that can be found in Ruaha include Tamarind, Jackalberry, Wooden Banana, Pod Mahogany and Newtonia.
Best time visit:
The best time to visit Ruaha National Park is probably in the dry season between June and October. As a simple rule, the drier it gets, the fewer places there are for the game to drink and the more the animals congregate around remaining water sources. Of course this makes life much easier for lions and other predators as they simply have to hide in a bush near such a water source and try not to fall asleep.
You can travel to Ruaha National Park by road or by plain.
Scheduled and/or charter flights from Dar es Salaam, Selous, Serengeti, Arusha, Iringa and Mbeya.
Year-round road access through Iringa from Dar es Salaam (about 10 hours) via Mikumi or from Arusha via Dodoma.
TANZANIA TOUR ACTIVITIES
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Game Viewing: The game viewing starts the moment the plane touches down. A giraffe races beside the airstrip, all legs and neck, yet oddly elegant in its awkwardness. A line of zebras parades across the runway in the giraffe's wake.
In the distance, beneath a bulbous baobab tree, a few representatives of Ruaha's 10,000 elephants - the largest population of any East African national park, form a protective huddle around their young.
A fine network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries, where, during the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water.
Bird watching: A similar duality is noted in the checklist of 450 birds: the likes of crested barbet, an attractive yellow-and-black bird whose persistent trilling is a characteristic sound of the southern bush, occur in Ruaha alongside central Tanzanian endemics such as the yellow-collared lovebird and ashy starling.
Walking and Hiking Safaris:
You may decide to take walking and hiking safari through the untouched bush.
Visit Stone Age ruins at Isimila, near Iringa, 120 km (75 miles) away, one of Africa's most important historical sites.
TANZANIA SAFARI LODGES IN RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
This camp is situated on the banks of the Jongomero River (seasonal) in the remote South Western part of Ruaha National Park. It lies on the Jongomero Sand River a short distance away from the confluence with the Great Ruaha River and some 70-km from Msembe headquarters. The accommodation is made up of 8 large luxurious tents on raised wooden platforms.
Mwagusi Safari Camp:
Mwagusi Safari Camp is a well-appointed tented camp, located in the northern part of the park and cuddled on the banks of the Mwagusi Sand River. Mwagusi Safari Camp is a well appointed tented camp built in keeping with traditional African Style.
Ruaha River lodge:
Ruaha River Lodge occupies a unique and privileged position along the banks of this great river and blends seamlessly into its surroundings.