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·· Ruaha National Park
One of Africa's Finest Wildlife Reserves

At 12,950km², Ruaha is only marginally smaller than the Serengeti, and those of us who have been there will argue that it is one of the finest national parks in Africa. This is pristine and untouched Africa, unsullied by minibus tourism and large lodges with electric lights, discotheques and glitzy curio shops.
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Infested with tsetse fly, Ruaha is bordered in the north by the Kizigio and Rungwa River Game Reserves, and together they form a 26,500km² conservancy, one of the biggest in East Africa. By road, it is a five-hour journey from Iringa, but there is also an airstrip at Msembe for fly-in safaris. The best months to visit are from July to November when the animals congregate around the water holes, but the park is stunning all year round. Ruaha is visually a treat, with rocky outcrops and mountain ranges giving it a topography that ranges from 750m to 1,900m on the peak of Ikungu Mountain, and the focal point of the reserve is the Great Ruaha River, with its deep gorges, swirling rapids and excellent fishing.

With over 10,000 elephant, 30,000 buffalo, 20,000 zebra and huge populations of lion and leopard (not to mention more than 400 bird species) Ruaha is a naturalist’s paradise. Ruaha has two semi-luxury lodges, Mwagusi Safari Camp and Ruaha River Camp, and a national park’s camp with bungalows and campsites. Independent travelers need to be totally self-sufficient.

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Luxury Ruaha National Park Lodges
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Bedroom at Ras Kutani
Bedroom at Ras Kutani

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Package Tours in Ruaha National Park
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AFRICA TRAVEL  ► EAST AFRICA     ► TANZANIA ▼ Tanzania Travel Destinations Listed Below
Arusha Dar es Salaam Lake Manyara Lake Victoria Mafia Island Mahale Mountains & Katavi Mount Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Crater Pemba Island  ► Ruaha National Park Selous Game Reserve Serengeti National Park Tarangire Zanzibar
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