Discover one of Tanzania’s hidden safari gems: Ruaha National Park. Named for the Great Ruaha River, this roaring ribbon of water carves a path through the park’s heart and acts as a wildlife magnet. Mountains rise like craggy giants to the south and west, the plains scattered with twisted baobabs and piles of kopjes. Endless grasslands transform from sun-scorched gold in dry season to luscious green peppered with wildflowers during the rains. In Ruaha, flocks of migrating birds fill the skies between February and April, joining resident populations of kingfishers, hornbills and raptors in a rainbow spectrum of avian life.
An estimated ten percent of the world’s lion population stalk Ruaha’s plains in prides as large as 20, joined by thousands of elephants and huge herds of grazing game. The landscape here is also dotted with ostriches and giraffes, as well as rarer black-backed jackals and even a small population of endangered wild dogs. What’s more, you’ll have this wildlife paradise practically to yourself, as only one percent of Tanzania’s tourists make it to Ruaha. With just a handful of remote safari camps in the park, visiting feels like a true African adventure, where you’re treated to private wildlife sightings and unspoilt views.
Want to venture off the beaten track in Tanzania? Talk to our Africa team about arranging a trip to the wilds of Ruaha National Park.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Gemma, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.
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