Ruaha National Park – one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets

The Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s most remote and least visited safari parks.  It covers a large area and consists of a dynamic mix of vegetation and wild life that sets it apart from the other Tanzania safari reserves.  The park stretches for thousands of miles from the icy snow capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro to the deep valleys and hills of the Great Rift Valley to the vast and game rich plains of the Serengeti.  The Ruaha National Park is also well positioned to make the most of the beautiful Indian Ocean coastline.

The reason why the park does not receive many visitors is because it is relatively inaccessible.  It has more game viewing opportunities than the neighbouring Selous but it does not offer any boating safaris.  There are excellent predator concentrations as well as good numbers of elephant and buffalos that roam the plains in large herds.  There are very few camps in the Ruaha – so relative to its size, it offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy a truly remote Tanzania safari experience.

The Ruaha National Park is a dry season park and the game viewing gets better towards the end of the season when the waterholes are beginning to dry up, and the game congregates in large herds at the remaining water supplies. There are good game viewing opportunities throughout the year but during the low season you are pretty much guaranteed not to come across any other visitors.  The best time for bird watching is between the months of December to March.

Rebecca Sparrow is Marketing Manager at Safari.co.uk.

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