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 unspoiled stretches of Africa. Easily combined with the Nyerere National Park (new name for the Selous) on a Southern Circuit safari, the park's vibrant ecosystem provides an unbridled old-world safari experience.
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 10,300km² 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.
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