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Ruaha National Park

Second only to Katavi in its aura of untrammeled wilderness, but far more accessible, Ruaha National Park protects a vast tract of the rugged, semi-arid bush country that characterizes central Tanzania. Its lifeblood is the Great Ruaha River, which courses along the eastern boundary in a flooded torrent during the height of the rains, but dwindling thereafter to a scattering of precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand and rock. A fine network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries, where – during the dry season – impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water. And the risk is considerable: not only from the prides of 20-plus lion that lord over the savannah, but also from the cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in tangled riverine thickets. This impressive array of large predators is boosted by both striped and spotted hyena, as well as several conspicuous packs of the highly endangered African wild dog.

Ruaha’s unusually high diversity of antelope is a function of its location, which is transitional to the acacia savannah of East Africa and the miombo woodland belt of Southern Africa. Grant’s gazelle and lesser kudu occur here at the very south of their range, alongside the miombo-associated sable and roan antelope, and one of East Africa’s largest populations of greater kudu, the park emblem, distinguished by the male’s magnificent corkscrew horns. A similar duality is noted in the checklist of 450 birds: the likes of crested barbet – an attractive yellow-and-black bird whose persistent trilling is a characteristic sound of the southern bush – occur in Ruaha alongside central Tanzanian endemics such as the yellow-collared lovebird and ashy starling.

Choose us to enjoy a trip to Ruaha National Park and get good experience in game viewing to see varieties of flora and fauna that starts after the moment you reach to the park and witness giraffe races, zebra, elephants, impalas, waterbucks, antelopes, Grant’s gazelle and the Park large predators such as hyenas, wild dogs, lesser kudu, lions, cheetah and leopards as well as 450 species of birds which are attractive with yellow-and-black birds whose persistent trilling is a characteristic sound of the southern bush – occurs in Ruaha alongside central Tanzanian endemics such as the yellow-collared lovebird and ashy starling. Handling visitors with customer care and interpersonal skills is our duty in ensuring your satisfaction hence having Watu Safaris as your travel agent to organize trip for you, with our vast local knowledge about life in Tanzania we will simply work for you and keep you out of inconveniences and tensions. We work beyond your expectations to ensure a more than "purpose oriented" safari for you.

Game viewing safaris: to view a wide variety of animal species such as leopard, lion, cheetah, hunting dogs, elephant, hyena, hippopotamus and crocodiles, greater and lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope etc. 

Camping Safaris: personalized camping with breakfast and lunch.

Walking safaris/hiking safaris: through untouched bush during dry season accompanied with armed park rangers for security purposes.

Stone Age ruins: at Isimila, near Iringa, 120 km (75 miles) away as the one of Africa’s most important historical sites

Bird-watching: as well as lush scenery and wildflowers viewing

Sample Itineraries

Ruaha National Park - Itinerary for 5 days with 4 nights - Budget Option

Selous Game Reserve - Itinerary for 3 days with 2 Nights - Jimbiza Lodge

Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve - 5 days with 4 Nights

Ruaha National Park - Itinerary for 4 days with 3 Nights

Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks - 4 days with 3 Nights

Group Tour Itinerary - 14 days/13 Nights - Mikumi, Udzungwa, Saadani and Zanzibar (Suitable for schools educational trips, church groups, company get away etc)

Warthogs part of the family looking out for their meal using their mounth in Ruaha National Park

Read more about Ruaha National Park from the Tanzania National Parks website

Download the Tanzania National Park brochure