Ruaha National Park

from $191 /person

Location and How to Reach:

Ruaha National Park is located in central Tanzania, spanning an area of approximately 20,226 square kilometers (7,809 square miles). The park is situated about 130 kilometers (81 miles) west of Iringa town in the Iringa Region. To reach Ruaha, you can fly into Iringa’s airport from major cities like Dar es Salaam or Arusha. From Iringa, you can arrange for a safari vehicle to take you to the park.

Fun Facts:

  1. Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest national park, covering a vast and diverse landscape ranging from open plains to rolling hills and riverine forests.
  2. The park is renowned for its large population of elephants, with an estimated 10,000 individuals roaming the area.
  3. Ruaha is home to over 570 bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.
  4. It is one of the few protected areas where the Greater Kudu and the Lesser Kudu can be found together.
  5. The Great Ruaha River, which flows through the park, is a lifeline for numerous species of wildlife, especially during the dry season.

Tourist Attractions:

  1. Wildlife Safari: Ruaha offers excellent opportunities for game drives to spot a wide variety of animals, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and numerous antelope species.
  2. Birdwatching: With its diverse habitats, Ruaha is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with species ranging from kingfishers and hornbills to eagles and vultures.
  3. Walking Safaris: Guided walking safaris provide a unique perspective on the park’s ecosystems, allowing visitors to explore the smaller details of the wilderness.
  4. Ruaha River: The Great Ruaha River is a focal point of the park, attracting large concentrations of wildlife, especially during the dry season when water sources become scarce.

Best Time to Visit:

The dry season, from June to October, is considered the best time to visit Ruaha National Park for wildlife viewing. During this period, animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot. The dry season also offers pleasant weather with cooler temperatures and minimal rainfall, enhancing the overall safari experience.


  • Budget: There are several budget-friendly options such as campsites and guesthouses in nearby towns like Iringa.
  • Mid-Range: For mid-range accommodations, there are comfortable lodges and tented camps located within or near the park offering amenities like ensuite bathrooms and dining facilities.
  • Luxury: Luxury lodges and tented camps provide high-end accommodation options with luxurious amenities, gourmet dining, and personalized services amidst the wilderness.


  1. Is it safe to visit Ruaha National Park? Yes, Ruaha is a safe destination for tourists, but it’s always advisable to follow the guidance of your safari guide and adhere to park regulations.

  2. What should I pack for a safari in Ruaha? Essential items include lightweight and neutral-colored clothing, sturdy walking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, and a camera with extra batteries and memory cards.

  3. Are there medical facilities available in the park? Basic medical facilities are available at some lodges and camps within the park, but it’s recommended to carry any necessary medication and consult a healthcare professional before traveling.

  4. Can I self-drive in Ruaha National Park? Self-driving is not recommended in Ruaha due to the rugged terrain and the need for experienced guides to navigate the park safely and responsibly.

  5. What wildlife can I expect to see in Ruaha? Ruaha is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles, and a wide variety of bird species.