Ruaha National Park

SOUTHERN CIRCUIT – TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) which can not be found in any other national park. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.

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The Great Ruaha River as other rivers like Mwagusi, Jongomero and Mzombe save as the life line of the park. During dry season, these rivers become mostly the main source of water for wildlife. There are few natural springs saving the same purpose.

In the pick of dry season, elephants obtain water from dry sand rivers using their front feet and trunks. The remaining water falls along the Great Ruaha River are also important habitat for hippopotamus, fish and crocodiles.

About Ruaha National Park

Activities

  • Game viewing,
  • Long and short wilderness walking safari,
  • Bird watching,
  • Picnic,
  • Bush meals (break-fast, lunch, dinner) in the untouched bushes.
  • Visit the nearby Selous Game Reserve r Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

Climate
Ruaha National Park has a bimodal pattern of rain forest; the short rainfall season begins November to February, while the long season is between March and April. The annual mean rainfall ranges between 500mm-800mm with the average annual temperature of about 280c. The park experiences its dry season between June and October when the temperature at Msembe headquarter reaches 350c.

Size
Covers an area of about 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles).

Location
Located 283 km (175 miles) west of Dar es Salaam, north of Selous, past Morogoro

When to go
Climate is tropical and the park is accessible year round. The best time to visit the park is during the dry season which is June through February. During the rainy season (March through – May) some of the park roads may be impassable.