Ruaha River Lodge

At a glance

  • Split across two riverside locations
  • Stone and thatch bandas
  • Remote wilderness setting

Ruaha River Lodge


This established family-owned lodge sits amid bushland and rocky outcrops on the banks of the Ruaha River.

In a stunning riverside setting, the Ruaha River Lodge is divided into two locations to make the most of the landscape. On the riverbank there’s a long thatched dining banda, which offers ideal game watching at breakfast time when wildlife including elephants gathers to drink. Here you’ll also find a fire pit and a comfy seating area. The second dining area is set up on the kopje on a bend in the river just above the resident pod of hippo, offering fabulous views both up and down the river. 

Food at the lodge is locally sourced as much as possible, with fruit and vegetables flown in from the family farm. Game drives in open-sided 4x4 vehicles are accompanied by expert local guides who know the wildlife-rich area inside-out.

Accommodation is in spacious stone and thatch bandas, split between the two locations. Inside you’ll find a sitting area, writing desk and a large bathroom, and to the front there’s a large deck to make the most of the views.

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Key information

On the banks of the Ruaha River, surrounded by rocky outcrops and bushland, in the south-east of Ruaha National Park

Airport transfer time: 2 hour flight from Dar es Salaam to Msembe airstrip plus a 30-minute drive
Rooms: 24

Good to know

Camp is closed during April and May.

Accommodation information

24 riverside bandas


• Sip sundowners on the banks of the river* • In the dry season, book a fly-camping trip to really immerse yourself in the bush* • Take a pair of binoculars and watch the prolific birdlife along the river.


2 dining areas, 2 bars

What's included

Lodge Package • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining areas • 2 shared game drives each day • Laundry • Airstrip transfers • Park fees.

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*Denotes local charge