Ruaha National Park Safaris

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An untouched and remote slice of wilderness, Ruaha National Park isn't just Tanzania's second largest park it's an authentic opportunity to explore the depths of one of the last unspoilt stretches of Africa. Easily combined with the Selous on a Southern Circuit safari, the park's vibrant ecosystem is one quite undocumented, so a journey to this beautiful part of the country is a really unique experience.

Mdonya Old River Camp game drive on a Ruaha National Park safari Jongomero Walking safari elephants Mdonya Old River Camp Great Ruaha River landscape

Quiet and removed from the usual tourist track, this hidden gem of a safari destination effortlessly blends unforgettable scenery with large wildlife herds for an incredible experience of the African wilds. Mature miombo forests, open plains and rolling hills mingle with huge baobabs trees, although the park's main geographical attraction is the Great Ruaha River: very popular with surrounding wildlife and a favourite of hippos and crocodile.

On a Ruaha National Park safari you'll find the greatest concentration of Lesser and Greater kudus of any East African park along with huge populations of elephant and buffalo. Predator sightings are excellent and lion, leopard and cheetah populations in the park are strong. There is also the chance to see the rare African wild dog, sightings of which are very special due to their endangered status.

Contrary to its size there are few accommodations inside the park. This is one of Ruaha's defining features, and a fantastic reason to visit the sprawling 10,300kmĀ² expanse: you'll practically have it all to yourself. Exploring the park is mainly conducted through game drives, however, walking safaris from some camps is the perfect way to get closer to nature.

Ruaha National Park Highlights

  • Untouched, unexplored wilderness
  • Large numbers of elephant and other big game
  • The Ruaha River is a huge draw for wildlife during the dry season
  • Home to over 570 species of bird
  • Back-to-nature walking safaris

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Selected Ruaha National Park Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Ruaha National Park

All Tanzania Itineraries
Lion with cub

Southern Tanzania Luxury Escape Honeymoon

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $9,760 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Stone Town, Pemba Island
Game drive zebra

Epic Tanzania safari

Days
21
Cost Per Person
From $15,790 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park, Katavi National Park
Kigelia Ruaha Aerial view

Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar Luxury Escape

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $6,740 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Ras Kutani Area
Sand Rivers An evening stroll from Sand Rivers Nomad Tanzania

Southern Tanzania and Zanzibar Beach Escape

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $6,110 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Zanzibar Island

Ruaha National Park Accommmodation

All Tanzania accommodations
  • Kigelia Ruaha
    Bedroom

    Blending into its surrounds and surrounded by sausage trees, Kigelia is an excellent base from which to explore remote Ruaha National Park,

  • Jongomero
    Bar area

    Accommodation at Jongomero is raised on wooden platforms to deliver stunning river views in the remote Ruaha National Park.

  • Mdonya Old River Camp
    Tent exterior

    Found in the heart of the remote Ruaha wilderness, this tented camp is set on the banks of the Old Mdonya riverbed and acts as an excellent gateway to one of Tanzania's most remote national parks.