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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park safaris tours & holidays are essential for anyone seeking a true Africa safari and wildlife experience. Although the second largest in Tanzania, the reserve is perhaps the least well-known and yet to connoisseurs it is without doubt one of the most spectacular in Africa. Covering a conservation area of 10,300 square kilometers in the south-west of the country, Ruaha sprawls within and along the Great Rift Valley, covering a unique transition zone where the Eastern and Southern species of both fauna and flora meet against a dramatic topographical backdrop.
Its lifeblood is the Great Ruaha River, which courses along the eastern boundary in a flooded torrent during the height of the rains, but dwindling thereafter to a scattering of precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand and rock.

A fine network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries, where, during the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water. And the risk is considerable: not only from the prides of 20-plus lion that lord over the savannah, but also from the cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in tangled riverine thickets. This impressive array of large predators is boosted by both striped and spotted hyena, as well as several conspicuous packs of the highly endangered African wild dog.
The wide distances of Ruaha National Park have a drama and atmosphere quite unlike any other Tanzanian park
It is an ancient place; its hilly distances are punctuated with distended elephant-battered girths of massive baobabs that live for a thousand years, and the combination of ochre-red earth, pale russet grasses and parched paths of wide sand rivers fulfill images of ancient African landscapes.
The fantastically unspoilt reaches of Ruaha are a result of its location, requiring an expensive flight or a long drive to reach it. Despite recent new alternatives for staying here, Ruaha remains underdeveloped with major tracts still largely inaccessible.
Ruaha National Park

Such a vast and fascinating landscape makes it an ideal location for a longer safari in Tanzania, with between four and seven nights recommended, not least to make the flying costs worthwhile. Tour to Ruaha are often combined with the Selous Game Reserve, as the two locations are entirely complimentary for their differences, and part of the same scheduled flight route.
The joy of Ruaha is that there are hardly any people there at all, but plenty of heavy duty wildlife lays claim to its hilly savannah and bush. Ruaha has one of the greatest populations of elephant in any African park, and the dry open hillsides encourage antelope and buffalo to gather into large herds. This terrain is particularly good for seeing predators, especially lion and potentially leopard, as well as packs of African hunting dog and numerous giraffe and zebra.
Ruaha is the only east Africa Park with both Greater and Lesser Kudu, and sable and roan antelopes and, like the Selous, has an unusual combination of East and Southern African wildlife and birds.
Ruaha National park Luxury lodge and tented Camp Accommodation List

Mwagusi Tented Lodge- Mwagusi is designed with all-natural and yet elegant construction that can accommodate up to eight couples in absolute safari style. Clothes are washed and folded, tea is left on the balcony with the dawn and supper is laid on a long white table under a host of twinkling stars
Ruaha River Lodge - The River Lodge was the first camp built in the area, and must take credit for choosing one of the most spectacular locations imaginable. The situation is naturally dramatic, as the lodge spreads out along the rocky shores of the Great Ruaha River
Jongomero Tented Camp is a luxury safari camp set under shady acacia trees on the banks of the Jongomero Sand River in the remote south-western sector of Ruaha. Being the only camp situated in this area of the Park ensures unmatched privacy. Accommodation at Jongomero comprises eight large and well-appointed tents
Mdonya Old River Safari Adventure Camp - Scattered under the shade of large sycamore figs and Acacia albida, there are only 8 tents, each with its own toilette and shower. The tents are simple and comfortable,
Kwihale Camp- Set in the heart of Ruaha National Park, Kwihala Camp formally know as EMC is a refreshing combination of adventure and style, designed for those who would like to be that little bit closer to the wildlife
Southern Tanzanian reserves of Selous and Ruaha are a perfect safari choice for anyone looking for remote Tanzania, away from the larger numbers of visitors in the northern region. Not only do they offer excellent safaris, but also boat safaris, and renowned walking safaris.

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