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Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park derives its
name from the great Ruaha River. The Ruaha National Park is the
second largest National Park in Tanzania, that covers 12950 square
km and is home to 10,000 elephants (the largest population of
any East African national park), which protects a vast area of
Typically there is Miombo woodland, Acacia woodland, Terminalia
scrub and riverine forests. It depends on the Great Ruaha River,
which marks the Eastern boundary of the park. The Ruaha and Rungwa
area is the home to over 450 bird species. One of its principal
attractions lies in being able to see greater and lesser kudu
as well as the majestic sable and roan antelope. As well as an
abundance of lion, leopard and cheetah it is also home to the
increasingly rare wild dog.
It lies 130 km west of Iringa. Accessible by 3 hours flight/ 10
hours drive from Dar-es-Salaam. Works nicely with a visit to Selous
Things to Do:
Game Drives, Walking Safaris.
Time to visit:
Given the distance, spend at least 3 nights. Best during the dry
season (July to October).
All the usual: Elephants, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah.
Hippos, crocodiles, turtles inhabit the Ruaha River. Some of the
unusual: Sable and Roan Antelope and Wild Dogs. Grant's Gazelle
and the tiny dik-dik thrive in the grasslands bordering the river.
Birdlife is prolific, over 370 species have been recorded, some
of which are not found in Northern Tanzania. Eurasian migrants
flock to Ruaha twice a year - March to April and October to November
- joining the resident kingfishers, hornbills, African fish eagles,
sunbirds, egrets and plovers. Unusual: sulphur-breasted bush-shrike
and yellow collared love birds.
For safari packages,
please visit Southern
Circuit Safaris section on Packages page
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