Wildlife Encounters

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is among the large national parks found in the southern part of Tanzania where tourists can enjoy wildlife viewing throughout the year. There are different attractions found in Ruaha National Park and they include different wildlife species as well as the Ruaha River.

Activities to do in Ruaha National Park

Different activities are carried out during safaris around Ruaha National Park, and they include the following:

  • Game drives

Game drives around Ruaha National Park take place in the morning and in the afternoon and tourists can also engage in full-day game drives around the destination in search of different wildlife species.

During game drives in Ruaha National Park, tourists can see different wildlife species such as lions, black-backed jackals, hyenas, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, greater and lesser kudu, hartebeests, waterbucks, bushbucks, impalas, elephants, and many others.

Tourists can also engage in night game drives around Ruaha National Park and see different nocturnal wildlife species.

  • Nature walks

Walking safaris in Ruaha National Park involves exploring the remote wilderness of the national park on foot and getting closer to the natural surroundings of the national park.

Tourists can also see different wildlife species around Ruaha National Park during the nature walks which are done with ranger guides and trackers who know more about the national park and its attractions.

  • Hot air balloon safaris

Tourists can enjoy hot air balloon safaris during their wildlife viewing experiences in Ruaha National Park. They can also enjoy the views of the savannah plains, the woodlands, and Ruaha River among other attractions from the skies.

During the hot air balloon safaris, tourists enjoy about 1 to 2 hours of the balloon ride as they enjoy a tour of Ruaha National Park.

  • Bird watching

Different bird species can be seen during bird-watching experiences around Ruaha National Park.

Some of the bird species that can be seen when visiting Ruaha National Park include Ashy Starlings, Red-necked Spurfowl, White-bellied Bustard, and Long-tailed Cormorants among others.

Ruaha National Park
Red-necked Spurfowl

Best time to visit Ruaha National Park

The dry season from June to October in Ruaha National Park is considered the best time for safaris around the destination. More wildlife species can be spotted during tours around the national park during this time of the year.

During the wet season, getting to Ruaha National Park can be difficult due to the inaccessibility and the roads are hard to drive around during wildlife safaris.

How to get to Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park can be accessed by road or by flight during wildlife safaris around the southern part of Tanzania.

Driving to Ruaha National Park can start from Dar es Salaam or Iringa and tourists can also choose to fly from Julius Nyerere National Park to airstrips in Ruaha National Park – Msembe airstrip and Jongomero airstrip.

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