Ruaha national park covers an area of about 20,226 square kilometers making it Tanzania’s largest national park. Ruaha national park derived its name from the indigenous Ruaha River passing within the park streamlined with large numbers of wildlife. It is a great place to visit during your safari to Tanzania.
Ruaha national park boasts with large herds of elephants, 80 animals species, 10 percent of the world lion population and over 500 bird species and a lot of plant life the park was established as a game reserve in 1910 and was officially made a national park in 1964, it is also uniquely known for harboring small animals like monitor lizards and poisonous snakes and monitor lizards. Over 1,600 plant species have been recorded to be in Ruaha national park.
Ruaha national park Is 239 kilometers West of Iringa and includes Rungwa game reserve, the park boasts with over 500 bird species and in the year 2009 Ruaha national park had elephants numbering up to 34,000, the park has got the highest population of African wild dog recorded in the whole world. Mwagusi area if the park is the best place to spot lions from. The parks offer very affordable holiday experiences in Tanzania.
The Ruaha Game Park is the most remote and probably the most filled with animals in the southern Tanzania circuit compared to other parks like Selous game reserve.
Activities at Rauaha national park
Ruaha national park is endowed with various animals some of which are; elephants, lions, buffalos, African wild dog, greater and lesser kudu, leopards, lions, cheetah, impala, bushbuck, giraffes and occasionally sable and roan antelopes. The park has a number of game tracks where tourists can explore this animal the best places for game viewing are in the water area during the dry season.
Ruaha national park boats with over 500 bird species and is truly a birders paradise for bird enthusiasts, the park harbors both migratory and residential birds. The best period for watching bird is during the rainy seasons, some of the birds found at the park are African fish eagle, ashy starling, black billed bustard, bateleurs, Eleanora’s falcon, emerald spotted wood dove, crested barbet, long crested eagle, Goliath heron and white billied go away bird among the rest.
Guided nature walks
Ruahanational park provides visitors with many walking trails to experience the wilderness on foot; the trails will expose you to a lot birdlife and plant species as well as animals. This normally last for a bout two to three hours a guided nature walk is also a great opportunity to take many photos of nature and take back home for remberance.
Night game drives
Night game drives at Ruaha national park are done occasionally and the parks headquarters must be informed in advance tourists will explore the park with an armed tourist guided as you view nocturnal animals like hyenas and hippos giving you a thrilling life time experience of the night whispers in Africa.
The best time to visit the best kept secret in Tanzania is during the dry season when animals are gathered within the water bodies quenching thirst this period is from June to October when the vegetation is not thick giving you excellent and clear views of the magnificent park.
For those who love birding, the best time to visit the park is in November to April when migratory birds have arrived and the residential birds are breeding. However, the Ruaha national can be visited all year round thought roads maybe hard to cross during the heavy rains as it gets muddy.
Ruaha national park can be accessed by road from Iringa which is about 130 kilometers squared; there are also chartered domestic flights that operate within the parks airstrips.