Ruaha

About Ruaha
When To Go
Accommodation

Tanzania’s largest National Park, Ruaha is a wilder and more remote park than its southern neighbour Selous Game Reserve, and ultimately has the better wildlife, albeit without boating safaris.
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 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.
Ruaha National Park has a high diversity of plants and animals including elephants, buffalos, antelopes and some of rare and endangered species like wild dogs. The park serves as water shade both for wildlife and human being. This makes it to be economically significant as it supports agricultural activities down stream and contributes to hydro- electric power for the country at Mtera and Kidatu dams. Ruaha is relatively far from Dar, which is one of the reasons many peoples don’t visit. However it is still quite accessible via coastal Aviatio and Safari Airlink from Dar es Salaam.

The middle and end of the Dry season (June to October) is the prime time for watching wildlife in Ruaha National Park. Animals are easier to spot because the bush thins out and wildlife concentrates around trusted water sources.

Quick facts

Best time to go: June to October
High Season: June to October (Ruaha rarely experiences visitors crowds at any time)
Low Season: April and May (Many lodges close)
Best Weather: June to October (Rains are extremely uncommon)
Worst Weather: November to March (Wet season)

 

May to October – Dry Season
  • Wildlife viewing is easier since the bush thins out and animals gather around rivers and waterholes
  • Skies are bright with almost no rain
  • Malaria risk is at a minimum since the numbers of mosquitoes are less
  • The heat is less overpowering, and it is not as humid
  • Dust and dryness is common
  • Many accommodations are closed in May

 

November to April – Wet Season

  • The scenery is green and full
  • Tourism is less during April and May which means fewer crowds and better rates
  • The arrival of migrating birds means bird-watching is at its finest
  • Roads could become impassable
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as during the middle and end of the Dry season
  • Heat is high, and it becomes steamy and damp
  • Many accommodations are closed in April