Ruaha National Park, the second largest national park in the country, is one of the unexplored parks in Tanzania and the largest elephant sanctuary. The name Ruaha derives from the great Ruaha River which flows along its entire eastern border creating spectacular gorges and scenery. Hippo, crocodile, turtle and fish inhabit the river. Elephants are often to be seen on the banks of the Ruaha River. Lion, giraffe and other animals can also be found. The special attraction of Ruaha, besides its spectacular scenery, is its unspoilt wilderness. This park is relatively unknown and only recently developed for tourism and less frequented by tourists.
The park is also known for its concentration of greater and lesser kudu, its roan and sable antelope and its rich bird life; more than 400 species of birds have been recorded.Its geographical location means that it is visited by both northern and southern migrants. Ruaha also has a great variety of resident bird species. The best time for keen bird watchers is between January to April. The terrain within most of the park is a well wooded, undulating plateau at an average altitude of 915m with mountains in the south and west rising up to 1600m and 1900m above sea level respectively. Miombo woodland forms the dominant vegetation, changing to combritum/commiphora to the east. The best months for game viewing are June to December.
Ruaha River Lodge
Overlooking the great Ruaha River, the lodge blends into its natural surroundings to enable visitors to feel themselves part of the wild. Accommodation 'bandas', built from local stone and thatch, provide the perfect setting in which to relax between bush excursions, and watch wild animals as they descend from the hills to quench their thirst and nibble on the green grass.
Mwagusi Tented Camp
Deep inside the park, between the banks of the Mwagusi Sand River, lies the Mwagusi Camp. This 16 bed safari camp offers ensuite bathrooms and hot showers, while maintaining the design of traditional African 'bandas'.
Mdonya Old River Camp
Mdonya Old River Camp opened in 2003. The camp has eight spacious tents and is located under sycamore fig and acacia trees near the Ruaha escarpment and Mdonya waterfalls. Activities will include full day game drives, trips to the waterfalls falls and walking safaris. It promises to be a good small camp.