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'Uniquelly situated on the banks of the Ruaha River'
Uniquely situated on the banks of the Ruaha River, the beautifully decorated and spacious chalets have amazing views of the river and all the wildlife that call the river home. From the deck of our chalet literally built on the water's edge, we could enjoy the noisy interaction of the hippos, the coming and going of giraffes and antelopes on the opposite bank, the nesting of birds on a tree standing in the middle of the water and the tranquillity of this amazing, magical world We had never before seen the river so full. It was an incredible sight. As we have lived in East Africa most of our lives, we knew that during the rains in April, visiting the Park was definitely not the best time, to say the least. The thick vegetation and the abundancy of water would make for poor wildlife sightings, but, it was our only chance of going this year, so we had to go!! And so it was. The game was few and hard to find but lovely Ruaha River Lodge, the friendly and efficient staff and the mighty Ruaha River made our trip worthwhile.
Wonderful cozy camp in the bush at Ruaha National Park
Ruaha River Lodge is perfectly located on the Ruaha river. You can see animals coming to the river from your cabin. The cabins are large, comfortable and very well equipped. Hot shower is available at nights, as it is solar operated. Meals are great, service is friendly, and the atmosphere is pleasant. But the best feature is the game drives you can take from here to the eastern part of Ruaha national park. Elephants, lions, leopards and buffaloes are amongst the many animals you can see here. We loved it and will come again.
An amazing hotel right on the river's edge, with spacious rooms and views. We saw hippos, elephants, giraffes, and antelopes sitting on our terrace! The staff are very friendly and accommodating, and cater to all your requests. We had young kids, and grandparents, the staff was so patient with all their demands and needs. The food was fresh and tasty, with a good selection. We were celebrating a birthday and James decored the area for us beautifully. We spend 2 nights there, it was absolutely the best experience. Deffinaltey recommended!!
Unforgettable expereince, loved every minute
I loved my stay at Ruaha River Lodge - spent 3 nights there as part of my Southern Tanzania trip. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited ( and I spent most of my adult life in Africa and seen a lot of amazing places). The guest bungalows are right on the river bank, so that you can sit on your deck and watch dozens of hippos in the water, or elephants, giraffes and even lions coming to the river ( haven't seen the latter but heard the roar). I wish I had booked an additional day just to do that, my only regret. The bungalows are well designed and very comfortable, with good natural ventilation. I also loved the evenings around the campfire, where you can talk to the other guests and share your experiences. Or just marvel at the sky bright with starlight, and listen to hippos coming out for grazing. I cannot wait to go back to Ruaha NP, and spend another few unforgettable days at River Lodge.
Hippo choir singing :)
We stayed here a few nights. It’s a fun location, the bandas are huge, pretty and very comfortable, and sit along the river. The river itself wasn’t very deep, but the ponds near our Banda were full of bathing hippo and a crocodile. The hippo were very entertaining. At 6pm They get out of their pool and amble over to the grass to eat. They make a lot of noise, and sing to each other :) but for this reason, one needs to ask a guard to accompany you to and from the Banda to the dining area. This was a little difficult and I felt we could have used an intercom button to call him, or a walkietalkie. WiFi was intermittent but there were games and an evening bonfire for pre-dinner drinks. The food was really good, served from a buffet. Also, when I asked we were able to get big bottles of water from the barman instead of all these Silly little Bottles. I wish the camp would offer filtered water to fill up own bottles for ecological reasons, as it’s just seems wrong to contribute to pollution in such a setting. The staff were kind and courteous and did a great job of making us feel welcome. I LOVED the free laundry service.
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