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About Ruaha National Park

Country found in: Tanzania
Parks total area: 22,000 km² (8494 miles²)
Year established: 1964
Park wildlife: 17 animals listed
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Ruaha National Park highlights

  • Located between the northern and southern hemispheres, where migrant birds and east and south African mammals meet
  • There is an abundance of wildlife, including 10,000 elephants
  • The park is not a very busy tourist destination, keeping its ecosystem largely pristine
  • Ruaha National Park is an excellent location for bird watching, with over 550 species of birds

Centrally located in Tanzania, Ruaha National Park is one of the country’s largest parks covering about 22,000 km² (8494 miles²). Established in 1910, the park is part of a larger ecosystem that includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve and other protected areas.  It is made up of mountains and escarpments, grassland plains and riverine areas and contains over 1,650 plant species.  Because of its unique location at a joining point between the northern and southern hemispheres, where migrant birds and east and south African mammals overlap, it is exceptional in that visitors can experience an abundance of wildlife all in one place. In short, Ruaha National Park is perfect for migration enthusiasts. The park is somewhat remote and is not on a main tourist circuit, offering visitors an opportunity to experience its pristine and unexplored ecosystem. Though there are some natural springs throughout the park, the main water source and “life line” is the Ruaha River, which also serves as a resource to lure game out into the open.

Wildlife of Ruaha Natioal Park

The park is best known for its large population of elephants. To date there are about 10,000 elephants residing within its boundaries. Ruaha National Park also is home to a variety of other mammals including large prides of lions, cheetah, buffalo, zebras and giraffe and a variety of reptiles including crocodiles, agama lizards and both poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes. The park is considered to be a birdwatchers’ paradise with more than 550 species of birds including the purple heron, grey-crowned crane and red-billed hornbill. 
Ruaha National Park is easily accessible by car or air travel. By land, the most direct route is from Iringa, which is about 130 km (80 miles) long. There are chartered and commercial flights from Arusha, Dodma, Kigoma and Dar-es-salaam. 

When is the best time to visit Ruaha National Park?

The dry season at Ruaha National Park falls between the months of May and December, which is also the best time for viewing large mammals and predators. The wet season, which runs from January to April, is the best time for bird watching and to experience the flourishing vegetation and plant life. 

 

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Tour by: Essential Destinations

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Tour by: Experience Zanzibar Tours & Safaris Ltd

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This itinerary takes you to the protected wildlife areas of Tanzania’s southern safari circuit which offer quite...

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Tour by: Experience Zanzibar Tours & Safaris Ltd

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