Ruaha National Park offers excellent safaris

Ruaha National Park is a park where your Tanzania Safari can begin the moment the plane touches down. A pair of giraffes may race beside the airstrip, with a line of zebra parading across the runway in their wake; as nearby protective elephant-mothers guard their young under the shade of a baobab tree.

Ruaha National Park is a remote bastion of spectacular wilderness, undisturbed wildlife, and breathtaking scenery. With herds of more than 10 000 elephants, vast concentrations of buffalo, gazelle, and over 570 bird species.

Ruaha safari in Tanzania
Ruaha Safari in Tanzania

Safaris in Ruaha National Park are unrivaled and the scope of wildlife extraordinary; with 80 animal species and 10% of the world’s lion population calling the plains home. Ruaha stands in a unique location, straddling two distinct vegetation zones of Eastern and Southern Africa. In some areas, the miombo woodlands typical of Zambia are dominant; while in others the dry open savanna of Kenya and Tanzania is common. This variation lends itself perfectly to game viewing; leopards can often be found in the thicker woodland while lions and cheetah roam freely on the open plains and elephants drink from the river. For example; you find Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Greater Kudu, Lichtenstein hartebeest, all rarely found further north and yet at the same time can find Lesser Kudu and Grant’s gazelle that are not common further south.

Giraffe in Ruaha National Park
Giraffe in Ruaha National Park

The density of lions in the park is not only extremely high but prides are unusually large; it is not uncommon to see numbers of 20 or more. Almost 100 of the elusive African wild dog are to be found here, and black-backed jackal and hyena both have strong populations.  In the height of the dry season, you may see elephants obtain water from dry sand rivers using their front feet and trunks.

Best time for Ruaha National Park safari

Ruaha National Park enjoys only one rainy season, usually from the end of November to May.

If your prime interest is sightings of larger mammals and big cats, the best time to visit is the sunny dry season between June and October. As the rivers dry up, more animals congregate around remaining water sources. Of course; the predators are never far behind. June is also the Greater kudu breeding season, and so this is a good time to spot males.

Lesser Kudu in Ruaha National Park
Lesser Kudu in Ruaha National Park

The best time for avid birders to visit is during the rains; between February and April when migrant birds visit the area. The wet season is also when the scenery is most lush and wildflowers are blooming, and the days are at their hottest.