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Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus  strepsiceros) which can not be found in any other national park. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.

The Great Ruaha River as other rivers like Mwagusi, Jongomero and Mzombe save as the life line of the park. During dry season, these rivers become mostly the main source of water for wildlife. There are few natural springs saving the same purpose.

In the pick of dry season, elephants obtain water from dry sand rivers using their front feet and trunks. The remaining water falls along the Great Ruaha River are also important habitat for hippopotamus, fish and crocodiles.

Tourist activities

Tourism activities in the park include Game viewing, long and short wilderness walking safari, bird watching, picnic, bush meals (break-fast, lunch, dinner) in the untouched bushes.

Best time to  visit

Best time to see predators and large mammals is during the dry season (mid May-December).

The wet season (January –April) is best for bird watching, lush scenery and wildflowers. The male Greater kudu is most visible in June which is their breeding season.

Accommodation

Mwagusi Safari Camp
Location: Along Mwagusi sand river about 11 Kms from the park hq
Capacity / Beds: 24
Year of establishment: 1987
Owner: Fox Treks Ltd

Mdonya Old River Ltd
Location: Along the Great Ruaha River about 19 Kms from the park Hq
Year of establishment: 2004
Owner: Coastal Travel Ltd
Capacity: 24 Beds

Jongomero Tented Camp
Location:
Year of establishment:
Owner: Charles Dobies
Capacity: 24 Beds

RuhahaRiver Lodge
Location: Along the Great Ruaha River about 19 Kms from the park Hq
Year of establishment: 1982
Owner: Fox Trek Ltd
Capacity: 100 Beds

New Camp site No2
Original name: Camp site No.1
Location: Located along the Mdonya river
Capacity / Beds: 20
Year of establishment: 1994
Owner: TANAPA

New Camp site No2
Original name: Camp site No.2
Location: Located along the Mdonya river
Capacity / Beds: 20
Year of establishment: 1994
Owner: TANAPA

Old Campsite No1
Original name: Campsite No 1
Location: Along the Great Ruaha River and close to Bandas and park hq
Capacity / Beds: 10
Year of establishment: 1980’s
Owner: TANAPA

Old Campsite No2
Original name: Campsite No 2
Location: Along the Great Ruaha River and close to Bandas and park hq
Capacity / Beds: 10
Year of establishment: 1980’s
Owner: TANAPA

Mbagi
Original name: Special Camp site
Location: Along Mwagusi sand river about 21 Kms from the park hq
Capacity / Beds: 20
Year of establishment: 1994
Owner: TANAPA

Ifuguru
Location: Along Mwagusi Sand river about 19 Kms from the Park Hq
Capacity / Beds: 20
Year of establishment: 1994
Owner: TANAPA

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