Ruaha National Park
Located in the heart of the country, Ruaha is the ‘other park’ on the Southern circuit. Ruaha’s relative inaccessibility has resulted in a park that takes far fewer tourists than the Selous and far fewer than any park in the Northern circuit. The rewards of travelling this far are a wild landscape with baobab studded hills and rocky escarpments, playing host to excellent levels of game including superb predator concentrations, huge elephant and buffalo herds and a cross over of game from southern and Eastern Africa.
Ruaha is certainly a wilder park than its neighbour the Selous, and ultimately has the better game viewing, albeit at the lack of any boating safaris. A huge plus of Ruaha is that there are very few lodges and yet the park is Tanzania’s largest National Park. Overall an incredibly rewarding place to be on safari and although we consider Katavi to be Tanzania’s best kept secret, Ruaha is certainly a more affordable contender and an amazing addition to any Tanzania safari holiday.
We absolutely love this park! The game viewing here is some of the best you will find in the country with very few tourists and offers superb value. The park is a superb contrast to the Selous and gives visitors a much wilder experience to what they would have experienced elsewhere. What you can guarantee from Ruaha is great game in a truly wild and authentic environment; Ruaha is absolutely huge and yet still so very untouched. The lion viewing around the Mwagusi area is especially good and general predator concentrations across the park are better than many of the other parks in the country. Overall an absolutely superb and affordable place to be on safari!