Ruaha


Ruaha remains one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets solely due to its previous inaccessibility which meant that this park remained unchanged for centuries and still is able to offer the type of safaris that early explorers enjoyed.

The Great Ruaha River to its east and Mzombe River to the west, a vast expanse of wilderness stretching down towards the hazy blue hills of the Southern Highlands meets the graze of the unwary visitor. Rare baobab forests with fig trees and gorges of glowing orange sandstone make for a splendid setting. . So if you want to see large flocks of migrating birds, large impressive antelopes, want a good chance of seeing the abstract ‘painted’ or ‘wild’ dog and enjoy sdy walks and hiking safaris through untouched bush tfor hen Ruaha is the place for you. The park is home to predators and a permanent hunting ground for lions, jackals, hyenas and the rare and beautifully marked wild dogs. They prey on zebras and numerous antelopes, with both the stunning roan and sable antelope found here as well as greater and lesser kudu. There are also thousands of elephants and buffalo and Eurasian migrating birds flock here twice a year (March/April and October/November) to join the already high number of resident species like kingfishers, hornbills, egrets, shimmering sunbirds and plovers.

Mid May to December is the best time to see predators and large mammals as the bush has died down from lack of rain, and they concentrate at the sparse water courses. January to April is wonderful for birdlife, lush scenery and wildflowers but many roads become impassable after heavy rains.

Facts

  • Ruaha National Park covers an area of about 6,400 miles² (10.300 km²) in the central/southern highlands of Tanzania.
  • It is the country’s second biggest park, gazetted in 1964.
  • Ruaha is a one and a half-hour flight from Dar es Salaam or a 10-hour drive.
  • Tanzania National Parks contact details: Tel: +255 (27) 254 8040, Fax: +255 (27) 254 8216, www.tanapa.com
  • This is a malarial area.
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