Remote, relatively unknown and visited by very few travellers each year, this vast wilderness covers over 20,000 square kilometres and is Tanzania’s largest national park. Some of the most impressive baobabs in Africa are found in Ruaha, which only adds to this idyllic African safari experience. A mix of savanna, woodland and watercourses with a backdrop of low hills and the escarpment that forms part of the great rift valley, this is scenically beautiful park also packs a significant and diverse wildlife punch.
The park has an abundance of prey and predator with a particularly healthy number of lion (estimated to be home to 10% of the world’s population), and it isn’t uncommon to see a pride of more than 25 lions in Ruaha. Cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, leopards and African wild dogs are also often seen, particularly on the banks of the Great Ruaha River, a renowned hunting ground. The river also provides home for large pods of hippo as well as some huge crocodile. The herbivore populations in Ruaha are a mix of east and south Africa, with both lesser and greater kudu, sable and roan antelope mixing with the magnificent eland. Elephants are found in significant numbers and are often seen, as well as giraffe zebra and impala.
There are only a handful of accommodation options available but these are of increasingly high quality with a very high standard of guiding.
With the most diverse wildlife in Tanzania, stunning scenery with impressive baobab and very few other visitors, Ruaha provides some of the best safari in the whole of Africa, let alone Tanzania.