Welcome to Ruaha National Park


Ruaha is notable for its wild and striking topography, especially around the Great Ruaha River, which is its heart, and which is home to crocodiles, hippos and wading birds. Much of it is undulating plateau averaging about 900m in height with occasional rocky outcrops and stands of baobabs. Mountains in the south and west reach to about 1600m and 1900m respectively. Running through the park are several ‘sand’ rivers, most of which dry up during the dry season, when they are used by wildlife as corridors to reach areas where water remains.


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$4425 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10 Days Mikumi Ruaha Selous Experience

Day 1 Arrive in Dar es Salaam, meet and greet with our representative and transfer to the city center for overnight. Accommodation: Golden Tulip booked on bed and breakfast Day 2 After breakfast, drive from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park for a game drive. Head back to the lodge late afternoon for overnight. Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp   Day 3 Today, we head to Ruaha National Park where we will have a game drive in the afternoon. The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its South-Eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. Ruaha is believed to have a high concentration of elephants than any National Park in East Africa. It is also a place where, magnificent mammals like Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes can easily be spotted in Miombo woodland. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs. Other animals in the park include lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, elands, impala, bat eared foxes and jackals. Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge Day 4 & 5 After breakfast, you dedicate these days in Ruaha for morning and afternoon game drives. You will have all meals at your lodge. Ruaha National Park (10.300km²) is the most visited National Park in the southern part of Tanzania. Due to its size and the fact that the South of Tanzania is less visited than the northern parks, you still have ample of space and you will see hardly any safari vehicles.  Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge Day 6 After breakfast, we head for a game drive en route back to Mikumi. This is to make our way to the Selous Game Reserve the following day as Mikumi is bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve, the two areas forming a unique ecosystem. Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp Day 7 After breakfast, we head towards the Selous Game Reserve through Matemwe gate. After Morogoro, you will leave the tar road and drive along the Uluguru Mountains through remote villages. Depending on our time of arrival, we can go on a short game drive. Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp Day 8 & 9 Selous Game Reserve is the biggest wildlife conservation area in Africa and forms together with the bordering Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks an area which is as big as Switzerland! Today, you drive through the northern part of the reserve which is open for photo safaris. Optional Activities such as walking in the wilderness or boat cruise can be arranged at extra cost. Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp Day 10 After breakfast, we drive towards the Indian Ocean through Mtemere Gate and at around noon you will reach Dar Es Salaam. Transfer to airport or hotel at your own arrangement.

$969 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days 2 Nights Ruaha National Park

Day 1: Dar es salaam to Ruaha National ParkPickup from the Airport, Ferry or your Accommodation in Dar es salaam, drive to Ruaha National Park ( Apprx 5hrs drive). Starting a game drive with lunch box. Dinner and over night at Mdonya Old River Camp Day 2: Ruaha National ParkAfter breakfast, Full day game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and over night at Mdonya Old River Camp Day 3: Ruaha National Park to Dar es salaamEarly Breakfast and game drive until 15.00hrs when you’ll en route back and drop you off at your Accommodation or Airport in Dar es salaam.  Includes: Transfers From and To Dar es salaam Park fees Game drive in open roofed 4×4 Professional guide 1 Lt of water per person per day during safari Accommodation on Full Board (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)   Excludes: Beverages, alcoholic drinks,

$1950 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS RUAHA AND MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK BUDGET SAFARI

DURATION: 5 NIGHTS 6 DAYS Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Pick up from DSM city center and you proceed to south of Dar es Salaam, along the Tanzania /Zambia Highway with picnic Lunch. Afternoon game drive of Mikumi National Park. Dinner and overnight at Morio Hotel With 3,230 square kilometers coverage Mikumi National Park is well-known park in Tanzania. The park is well-known for its population of elephants, giraffes buffaloes, zebras, elands, greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope. Predators include tree-climbing lions (which are in large number), leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here including Eurasian migrants such as red billed ox pecker, marabou stork and lilac breasted roller. MAASAI GIRAFFES IN MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK   Day 2: Mikumi National Park – Ruaha National Park After breakfast, depart for Ruaha National Park with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Rest House   With 3,230 square kilometers coverage Mikumi National Park is well-known park in Tanzania. The park is well-known for its population of elephants, giraffes buffaloes, zebras, elands, greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope. Predators include tree-climbing lions (which are in large number), leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here including Eurasian migrants such as red billed oxpecker, marabou stork and lilac breasted roller. Day 3 + 4: Game Viewing in Ruaha National ParkTwo full days game drives in Ruaha National Park with picnic lunch,Dinner and overnight at Rest house/Bandas Day 5: Ruaha National Park – Mikumi National Park After breakfast drive with your picnic lunch to Mikumi National Park. Relax at your camp. Dinner and overnight at Kikoboga Lodge (B,L,D) Day 6: Mikumi National Park – Dar es Salaam Morning game drives in Mikumi National Park. With picnic lunch drive back to Dar es Salaam (B,L) END OF TOUR  Inclusive: Safari base vehicle + English speaking driver/guide 5 nights full board accommodation whilst on safari Park fees & game drives   Exclusive: Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) Medical and luggage insurance Tips: we recommend US $ 15 per group per day Other personal expense Emergency evacuation insurance

$2875 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11-Day Safari Adventure in Southern Tanzania

Day 1: Transfers to Selous Game ReserveYou will be picked from the airport or your hotel in Dar and be transferred to Selous. Once you arrive, you will have lunch and then go on a boat safari for the evening. After the safari, take part in dinner. Overnight stay at Jimbiza lodge (Camping)Day 2 to Day 3: Full day game drives in SelousOn this day you will leave early morning with packed breakfast and picnic lunch to enjoy a full day game drives in this largest game reserve in Africa. Each day you will cover different area of the park to be able to enjoy different vegetation and the animals they support there in. At the end of each day enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight stay at Jimbiza Lodge (Camping)Day 4: Game drives enroute to Mikumi National ParkOn this day you will leave for game drives in Selous while driving to Mikumi. Depending on the time you arrive in Mikumi, you may have sunset game drives or you will just go on to your hotel for dinner.Overnight stay within the park at the park cottagesDay 5: Full day game drives in Mikumi On this day you will have full day game drives in Mikumi with breakfast and lunch break in between the day. At the end of your day, return to the hotel for dinner.Overnight stay within the park at the park cottagesDay 6: Walking Safari and Evening game drivesIn the early morning, you will leave for a walking safari which will take about 3 hours. You will be able to experience Mikumi wildlife while walking on foot. After walking safari will have lunch break and then continue with game drives. Dinner will be served later in the evening.Overnight stay within the park at the park cottagesDay 7: Transfer and Trekking in Udzungwa Mountains National ParkIn the early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Mikumi and driven to the Udzungwa Mountains. After registering, start climbing taking the Sanje route to be able to see the 4 stage waterfalls. Dinner will be served in the evening Overnight stay at Twiga Hotel in UdzungwaDay 8: Transfer to Iringa and historical sites visitAfter breakfast, you will be transferred to Iringa, where by you will have a tour of the town and Isimila stone age site tour. This tour aims to remind you of where human kind evolved and what life was like. After your tours, return to the hotel for dinner.Overnight stay at Tungamalenga Lodge and camp siteDay 9 and 10: Full day game drives in Ruaha National parkWith a packed breakfast and picnic lunch you will leave early morning for a full day game drives in Ruaha national Park. Enjoy dinner at the lodge after your long day. Overnight stay at Tungamalenga Lodge and camp siteDay 11: Transfer back to Dar Es SalaamIn the early morning of this day you will leave for your trip back to Dar with a stop in Morogoro town for lunch. When you get to Dar, you will be transferred to your accommodation.

$7699 National Geographic Journeys

Wildlife Parks of Tanzania

Here's an African adventure that starts among Tanzania's most famous wildlife reserves before taking you to remote under-explored national parks of the southern circuit. Embark on wildlife drives in Lake Manyara National Park (keeping your eyes open for the elusive tree-climbing lions), meet one of the researchers at the Serengeti Wildlife Centre, and scan your surroundings in the protected Selous Game Reserve for the zeals of zebras that call these grasslands home. Experience some of the best wildlife viewing in the world amid the landscapes of Tanzania.

$3569.15 National Geographic Journeys

Southern Tanzania Safari

Get off the usual safari track for a whirlwind week of wildlife-viewing in the southern circuit of Tanzania. The reserves and national parks of this region are remote and much less frequented by travellers, offering exceptional exploration. Watch for its herds of elephants, towers of giraffes, and zeals of zebras on a safari experience that will feel like your group's alone. Internal flights between parks are included to ensure you experience the most in the time available.