National Park

Ruaha National Park

Tanzania's largest park, teeming with diverse wildlife and dramatic landscapes.

Tanzania
Location
20,226 km²
Geographic Size
June to October
Best Time to Visit

About Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park, nestled in the heart of Tanzania, is the country's largest and one of its most unspoiled wilderness areas. Encompassing a diverse landscape of rolling hills, large open plains, and the Great Ruaha River, the park boasts an extraordinary concentration of wildlife, including one of the largest populations of elephants in East Afr...

When to go

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
June to October for spectacular wildlife sightings.
June - October
High Season
Dry season offers the best wildlife viewing as animals congregate around water sources.
March - May
Wet Season
The wet season brings lush landscapes and excellent birdwatching opportunities but more challenging access.
November - February
Shoulder Season
This period offers a mix of short rains and dry spells, attracting fewer tourists but still good wildlife viewing.

What to do

Wildlife

Ruaha's vast landscapes are a stronghold for large predators and an impressive array of ungulates, making it one of the best places in East Africa to experience the thrill of the African wild in a secluded setting.

Lion

Common

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

Not Present

Cheetah

Occasional

Hippo

Common

Hyena

Common

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Common

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
The park is considered safe for visitors, with guided tours ensuring safety from wildlife. Recommended vaccinations include yellow fever and precautions against malaria. Visitors should also ensure they have comprehensive travel insurance.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Access to Ruaha is primarily via scheduled or chartered flights to Msembe airstrip. Road access is possible but recommended for the dry season due to challenging conditions during the wet season.
Getting Around
Safari vehicles are the primary mode of transport within the park, with most lodges and camps offering game drives. Walking safaris are also a popular way to explore the bush under the guidance of experienced rangers.
Visas
For Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, visitors will typically require a visa, which can be obtained online or on arrival for many nationalities. It's essential to check the latest visa requirements and processes in advance of your travel.
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