Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s largest game reserve. If you’re in the midst of putting plans together for a tailor-made Tanzania holiday, you won’t want to miss a trip to this vibrant park located in the heart of the country. Here’s what to see and do in magical Ruaha National Park.
Ruaha National Park: what to see
Ruaha National Park is a veritable treasure trove for animal lovers. This park has a unique blend of species from both east and south Africa and this makes it an incredible spot to discover a broad spectrum of animals. There are huge herds of elephants and buffalo on display and this is also a fantastic place to see leopards, lions and cheetah. On your travels, keep your eyes peeled for packs of wild dogs and hyena, giraffes, zebra, impala, kudu and Grant’s gazelle. There are also more than 500 species of birds present in the park. The opportunities to spot birds are best between December and March.
Exploring Ruaha National Park
There are various options available at Ruaha National Park, including game drives and walking tours. Game drives are widely available and they operate during the daytime hours. Night safaris are not permitted in this park. During your game drive, your guide will take you around the reserve, showing you the landscape and finding the perfect places for wildlife spotting. Guides use mapping and tracking devices to follow the animals as they travel from one area of the park to another and they also alert each other if there is something spectacular to see. Walking tours are not available in every part of the park due to the large population of elephants. However, if you are in an area that operates walking safaris, it’s well worth seizing the opportunity. Walking safaris provide a different kind of safari adventure and they enable you to see a wider range of animals and get up close and personal with nature’s giants, as well as smaller creatures you may miss from afar.
When to visit
Ruaha National Park is often referred to as a dry season park, which means that game spotting opportunities are better towards the end of the season when the land is drying and the animal population is concentrated around the watering holes. The dry season runs from June to October. If you visit out of season, you may be able to access pockets where there is an abundance of wildlife all year-round and the park will be a lot quieter. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t struggle with crowds at any time of year, as Ruaha National Park is harder to reach than other reserves and this means that it’s an oasis of calm compared to the Serengeti and Selous parks.