Ruaha National Park
Welcome to Ruaha National Park and the Rungwa Ecosystem. This is one of the most remote and beautiful areas in Tanzania. Currently visitor numbers are low and you will frequently be the only car on the landscape.
This large conservation area is currently comparable to the Serengeti National Park in size at 10300 sq km and is Tanzania's second largest National Park. The Rungwa ecosystem contains six protected areas, most famously Ruaha National Park . It is situated in the center of Tanzania about 130km west of the town of Iringa. Ruaha National Park is accessible year-round either by light aircraft from Dar es Salaam, the Selous Game Reserve , the Serengeti National Park , Arusha, Iringa and Mbeya, or by road through Iringa from Dar es Salaam (about 10 hours) via Mikumi or from Arusha via Dodoma.
Ruaha National Park will shortly combine with the Usangu Game Reserve to cover an area of over 15,000 km square making it the largest National Park in Africa.
Ruaha, which is home to 10,000 elephants (the largest population of any East African national park), protects a vast area of dry savanna. Typically there is Miombo woodland, Acacia woodland, Terminalia scrub and riverine forests. It depends on the Great Ruaha River, which marks the Eastern boundary of the park.
The Ruaha and Rungwa area is the home to over 450 bird species. The Usangu Game Reserve includes the Ihefu Wetland, the natural water reservoir and regulator for the Great Ruaha River.
For more information on visiting Ruaha National Park please contact us.
Ruaha National Park Locations view all
Ruaha National Park extends for over 10,300 sq.km, to the west of Iringa. Ruaha is often described as the country's best-kept secret. As the southern circuit slowly opens up Ruaha will become very popular, but at the moment it is still inaccessible enough to keep away the big tour groups, and has an untouched atmosphere.
Rungwa game reserve is located on the Northern part of Ruaha national park. It covers an area of 9000 sq km, situated in Manyoni, Singida region. The Game Reserve Ecosystem extends to Ruaha National Park which is the second largest wildlife area in Tanzania. It is a widespread reserve covering large part of central and west Tanzania. The composition of Miombo woodlands and hills, that are mixed with patches of forest along the streams and the Mpera River valley, makes it the best big game viewing to the visitors. Famous for its large maned Lions, big Buffalo, Leopard, Sable, Roan, Eland, bush-pig, ostrich, warthog, Greater Kudu, Baboon, Ratel (honeybadger), Jackal, and Porcupine, Rungwa is the trophy hunters' choice. It is regarded to have largest concentration of bird species who feed themselves in Usangu valley. With the combination of classic luxury, breath-taking scenery and terrain make hunting for big game the most memorable experience.
Ruaha National Park Activities
Birdwatching in Ruaha
Ruaha National Park is widely recognised as a superb location for birdwatching. There are over 450 species of birds in the park, about 200 of which are not found in northern Tanzania.
Game Drive in Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is a great location for a game drive. You can see numerous types of predators including: cheetah, leopard, wild dogs and super prides of up to 20 lions.As with most locations game driving in Ruaha is best done in the early morning and late afternoon. We recommend you sit by some water in a shady spot and let things come to you in the heat of the day.
Walking Safari at Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is one of the few National Parks in Tanzania which allow guests to participate in Walking Safaris