Experience Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Ruaha National Park is the destination where wildlife game-viewing begins the moment visitor’s plane touches down on its airstrip. A pair of giraffe may race beside the airstrip, with a line of zebra parading across the runway in their wake as nearby protective elephant mothers guard their young under the shade of a baobab tree.

Wildlife in Ruaha is concentrated along the great Ruaha River that is the park’s lifeblood. The river is a torrent after the rains, dwindling to a few precious pools of water surrounded by a sweep of sand in the dry season. Waterbuck, Impala and the world’s most southerly Grants Gazelle risk their lives for a sip of water. The shores of Ruaha are a permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, jackal, hyena and the rare and endangered African Wild Dog. Ruaha’s 8,00 elephants are recovering strongly from ivory poaching during the 1980 and remain the largest population in East Africa.

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Recommended Tours 

These sample tours will give you an idea of what to expect when either traveling to Ruaha National Park or how we incorporate Ruaha National Park with the other destinations in Tanzania. Please note that the following tours are meant to inspire you since your safari will be tailor-made by our travel experts to fit your needs and preferences within this destination. 

Ruaha National Park

10 Days

Discover Southern Tanzania 
From $2,945 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Dar es Salaam, Selous, Mikumi, Udzungwa & Ruaha

Ruaha National Park

10  Days

Best of Selous Safari
From $ 3,590 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Ruaha, Mikumi, Selous 

Ruaha National Park

8 Days

Tanzania Unexploited Safari
From $3,688 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Dar es Salaam, Selous, Mikumi,  Ruaha & Udzungwa  

Ruaha National Park

5 Days

Big Southern Tour 
From $2,551 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Dar es Salaam, Selous & Mikumi

Map of Ruaha National Park

Places to Stay at Ruaha National Park

Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Ruaha that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists

Ruaha National Park

Jongomero Camp

Jongomero is a luxury camp gloriously isolated under the magnificent shade trees, on the banks of a seasonal river in the remote southern sector of the Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

Kwihala Camp

Set deep in the bush of Ruaha National Park, Kwahala’s classic, expedition-style six-tent camp offers an intimate, exclusive safari experience in this vast land of towering baobabs and dense forests. 

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha River Lodge

Built out of local stone and thatch, the lodge is built around natural kopjes and capitalises on it’s exceptional position on a bend in the river.


Ruaha National Park

Jabali Ridge

Set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mwagusi River and Ikuka escarpment, Jabali Ridge’s offers a relaxing feeling on the hammock on your wooden deck as you unwind with a book. 

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