Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Parks, perhaps one of the most beautiful safari parks in the world, the third largest park in Tanzania is over 10,000km². The park has its name from the Great Ruaha River which flows through the park and which is very important for the wildlife in the park.

Hippos, elephants, kudu, zebra, giraffes, jackals, lions, leopards, birds of prey, impala, antelope, can all be spotted along the river.

And not to forget the cheetah and wild dogs. The bird life is impressive; more than 400 species are counted.

There are good safari-roads along the Great Ruaha and its tributaries; where during the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their lives for a sip of the life-sustaining water. And the threat is considerable: not only from the lion that lord over the savannah, but also from the cheetahs that explore the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in the bushes. Both striped and spotted hyena and the endangered African wild dog enhance this impressive array of large predators.

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Although it is known that more animals can be seen in the dry season the park is also in the wet season crowded and has a beautiful nature with a filled river and flowering acacias, tamarinds and baobabs. The rainy season in Ruaha is normally between November and April (so this is not equal to the rainy season of the northern parks) although this can vary considerably per year. Thus, the park has different faces throughout the year and is therefore always interesting to visit.

From May to November is the dry season. Other special animals in Ruaha are the African wild dog and sable antelope. Rhinos were last spotted in 1982 and where probably eradicated in the park at the hands of poachers. Many of the rivers in Ruaha (including the Mwagusi and Mdonya) are sand rivers. The Great Ruaha River was always the only river that flowed throughout the year. However, in 1993 the river stopped flowing for several weeks, the first time in human memory. In the subsequent years, the dry periods became longer, to more than 100 dry days per year. In this park, you can make great day hikes.Luipaard in hoog gras 518 .jpg

Follow the Ruaha River downstream of Msembe to the Mwagusi Confluence over a distance of about 20 km. It is a great route to drive where often lions and many other animals and birds, can be found. Upstream is in many respects different, the animals, birds and trees are similar, but the river changes its character. The riverbed becomes smaller with less sand in some places with many boulders. Near the bridge of Ibuguziwa is a hippo-pool that is always worth a visit. Of course, there are also crocodiles that you can watch from the shore.

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