Ruaha National Park
Ruaha Park is now and again known as the ‘Giraffe Park’ because it is habitat to a surplus of 8,000 Maasai-giraffes. There is also an abundance of the Kudu within this park and amazing about the Kudu is that when it is staggered the animal stands as a statue, and well blends perfectly into its surrounding environment. It is a common occurrence in the park that several tourists drive to the Kadus before they actually see them. The pack can only be access by a light aircraft, however using the tarmac road you can reach Rubeho Mountains. When you descend to River Ruaha you will certainly enjoy breathtaking views the length of the Ruaha Gorge. Nonetheless what usually captures the attention of first time-visitors in this area are the numerous large baobab trees. Despite the largest part of the park’s landscape being covered with Combertum forests plus small portions of acacia trees.
There is a good road network in the Ruaha park which has made game-viewing more enjoyable. The seasonal tributaries of the river, where impalas, other antelopes plus waterbuck during the dry months, gather to drink water have been a vital life sustaining source of water to the wild animals in the park. Visiting the tributaries is something very risky that these animals do for survival as there are a number of carnivores in the park among which is pride of more than twenty lions, cheetahs, and leopards which scavenge through the savannah, the open grasslands and the jumbled riverine thickets. This remarkable group of large predators also includes spotted-African hyenas plus the endangered African-Wild-dogs.
The uncommon and in danger of extinction African hunting-dogs are somewhat common in Ruaha. Also well-known as the painted-wolf (Lycaon Pictus), this endangered species is very friendly except that it is noisy and it is such a fascinating experience seeing them while on your safari drive within the park.
Ruaha is perhaps the driest park in Tanzania. It is lies at the extreme south of the Maasai Steppes. The wonderful River Ruaha crosses through the park. The plant and animal life of southern Africa have common characteristics with the typical species of east African. As you enjoy your drive in the park you will come across Kadu and the roan and this all is part of the uniqueness of this Ruaha Park. The park also has a variety of African animals, elephants and predators.
Similar to majority of the destinations in Tanzania the bird life in Ruaha is very spectacular. The park is well-known for the big population of the uncommon Eleanor’s falcons which are seen starting December all through to January. More than 456 bird species have to date been recorded with a few new species that were discovered at the start of the year. The beast time for persons interested in bird watching and seeing the various species of butterflies in the park, the most recommended time to visit is from January up to May. On the other hand from October until November the temperatures are warmer and it is advised to have a safari at this time given that a bird safari isn’t part of the activities to do on your itinerary.
Generally the park is visited by few tourists, but over the recent years the number of visitors that take on the southern circuit has increased and this too has seen a greater increase in the number of visitors to Ruaha.
the park can be reached using chartered flights or scheduled flights coming from Dar
Es Salaam, Mbeya, Selous, Iringa, Serengeti and Arusha. Alternatively a drive on a road accessible all through the year that from Dar Es Salaam through Iringa takes approximately 10 hours to the park through Mikumi, or starting from Arusha through Dodoma.
What to do
enjoy day walks or take hiking safaris going through the undamaged bush. Also Stone Age remains at Isimila, adjacent to Iringa, just 120 km / 75 miles from the park are a very awesome site worth visiting.
Best time to visit
to enjoy sights of the predators as well as the large mammals, the best time to visit is in the dry season which starts from mid-May to December. However for a bird-watching safari, or a view of the green scenery plus the wildflowers, then the best time to visit is in the wet season that starts in January to April.
The great male kudu is best seen in the month of June during the breeding time.
in addition to Riverside lodge, there are 3 dry-season tented camps, 2 campsites plus self-catering bandas.