When people embark on holidays to Tanzania they may not be familiar with the Ruaha National Park but they may soon be as National Geographic Traveler Magazine has ranked the park as the Best Winter Trip destination for 2013.
In the December/January edition of the magazine, Ruaha featured together with 14 other National Parks in Tanzania and this was confirmed in a statement from the Tanzanian Tourist Board.
Ruaha spans 7,809 square miles and isn’t as celebrated as the well-known safari destinations of the north east – the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater but is remarkable in its own right offering a quainter environment that isn’t yet swamped or over visited by tourists.
Intercepting Ruaha is the Great Rift Valley – one of the wonders of Africa – a deep trench comprising many lakes with some even amongst the deepest in the world.
Wildlife enthusiasts can witness a large population of elephants while hippos, buffalo and a vast array of birdlife can also be viewed in the park.
Travel to this region of Tanzania has been made more efficient via an airstrip which is located near to the Jongomero safari camp – one of the safari bases which are led by a ranger as tourists travel out in groups in four-wheel-drive transit.
The airstrip enables visitors to travel to Ruaha from the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam and Julius Nyerere International Airport where many international flights derive.
The latest accolade as awarded by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine carries substantial prestige for Ruaha with the magazine possessing the greatest readership of any rival travel publication in the world.
Among National Geographic’s key travel factors include experience, culture, authenticity and photographic opportunities.