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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Ruaha National Park activities

$3800 Outdoor Activities

7-Day Ruaha an Amazing Adventure Safari of the Southern

After arrival you will be picked up from the airport/ hotel to Iringa. Accomodation before and after arrival will be arranged at an extra cost.Day 1 Depart from Iringa to Ruaha National Park Accommodation:Mwagusi Safari campMid-range tented camp located inside Ruaha NMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 2 Game drive in the Park Accommodation:Mwagusi Safari campMid-range tented camp located inside Ruaha NPMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 3 Adventure walking safariAccommodation:Mwagusi Safari campMid-range tented camp located inside Ruaha NPMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 4 The early morning and evening game drive Accommodation:Ruaha River LodgeMid-range lodge located inside Ruaha NPMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 5 Trekking on the Kimilamatonge hillAccommodation:Ruaha River LodgeMid-range lodge located inside Ruaha NPMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 6 Ruaha National Park Accommodation:Ruaha River LodgeMid-range lodge located inside Ruaha NPMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 7 Tungamalenga to IringaAccommodation:No Accomodation Meals & Drinks:Breakfast and LunchDrinking water (Other drinks not included)

$400 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

1-Day Ruaha National Park

Visit: Chabo Africa Safaris• After arrival you will be picked up from the airport/ hotel to Iringa. Accomodation before and after arrival will be arranged at an extra cost. Day 1 Visiting Ruaha National Park After breakfast you will collect your belongings and take off to Ruaha National Park; taking in the beautiful landscape on the way. Upon arrival lunch to be served in the park. After lunch you will proceed on a full day game drive. Ruaha National Park was organized in the early 60’s with the main reason to protect a certain habitat called Miombo. What makes Miombo is very special are two species of trees (Julbernardia and Brachystegia). Miombo houses different types of animals and birds. Ruaha is located in a unique area with low and high altitude; making for a variety of vegetation. The park extended in terms of size because of the misuse of water in the catchment site of Ruaha which led the river to dry out and now it’s Tanzania’s largest national park. Later in the day you will drive back to Iringa with a beautiful African sunset to view along the way. You will have dinner and your overnight at the Hotel Iringa. This is where your safari will end.Accommodation:No accommodation (End of tour)Meals & Drinks: • Lunch (Breakfast & dinner not included) • Drinking water (Other drinks not included) End of tour • A transfer back to the airport (or hotel) can be arranged for an extra cost.

$660 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

3-Day Ruaha National Park Safari Experience

You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.Day 1 Ruaha national park game driveAccommodation:Ruaha New Cottages (Official National Park Cottages)Mid-range cottage located inside Ruaha NP After Breakfast at the hotel Meet &Greet with the guide. Around 10am start driving to Ruaha National Park, Arriving at Ruaha Park around Lunch time, to take lunch at the Park Restaurant and after Lunch proceed with Half day (Evening Game Viewing) and Dinner and Overnight at Ruaha new cottages Meals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 2 Ruaha national park game driveAccommodation:Ruaha New Cottages (Official National Park Cottages)Mid-range cottage located inside Ruaha NP Full Day Game Drive. Early in the morning around 6:30am before breakfast start a game drive. Watch sunrise. Around 9am go ahead for Breakfast, After Breakfast proceed with the game viewing on the beautiful land of Ruaha national park with a lot of wild animals, then to break for Hot Lunch around 1pm, after Lunch proceed with game drive, dinner and overnight at Ruaha new cottages Meals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 3 Ruaha national park game driveAccommodation:No accommodation (End of tour)At sunrise we enjoy a wonderful walking safari and walk for two hours along the Great Ruaha River with two armed rangers. There is a possibility of viewing hippos, crocodiles, lions and lots of other animals that come to drink in the river. Later we pack our things and visit a village enroute to Iringa where we can watch and join the local activities and get information from a local guide. Visit to the museum which holds the head of the great local chief Mkwawa who resisted the Germans. Meals & Drinks:Breakfast & lunch Drinking water 

$2850 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

4-Day The Unforgetable Experience in Ruaha National Park

After arrival you will be picked up from the airport/ hotel to Ruaha national Park. Accomodation before and after arrival will be arranged at an extra cost.Day 1 Dar Es Salaam - Ruaha National Park  Accommodation:Ikuka Safari CampLuxury+ lodge located inside Ruaha NPMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 2 Ruaha National Park Accommodation:Ikuka Safari CampLuxury+ lodge located inside Ruaha NPMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 3 Ruaha National ParkAccommodation:Ikuka Safari CampLuxury+ lodge located inside Ruaha NPMeals & Drinks:All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)Day 4 Ruaha - Dar Es Salaam Accommodation:No accommodation (End of tour) Meals & Drinks:Breakfast and LunchDrinking water (Other drinks not included)

$2860 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Days Explore Tanzania's Southern Wildlife Circuit

ItineraryDAY01Dar es salaam to mikumi national park Pick-up from your hotel. Start your safari by driving to Mikumi National Park. Have lunch after arrival, followed by an evening game drive to explore the Mikumi National Park. It is one of Tanzania's most famous parks.  Leave the park and head to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay. DAY02Mikumi national park Have breakfast and go on a full day game drive in Mikumi national park. Enjoy your lunch at one of the picnic sites, which your driver guide will select. Mikumi national park host Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Leopards, Elands, Zebra and more. Return for dinner. DAY03Mikumi national park – ruaha national park Have breakfast and drive to Iringa for lunch. Drive to Ruaha National Park, which is known to be one of the more natural, unspoiled as well as one of the largest Parks of Africa. Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness areas where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape.  Stay overnight at park's official bandas. DAY04Ruaha national park Have breakfast and leave with a lunch box for a full day game viewing in the park.  The exciting Great Ruaha River features large numbers of hippo and crocodile and attracts lion, leopard, hunting dog and other species such as waterbuck, impala, giraffe, warthog, eland, zebra and elephants. Grant’s gazelle, ostrich and cheetah may be seen on the plains. Stay overnight in the park bandas. DAY05Ruaha national park to udzungwa national park Have breakfast and drive to Udzungwa National Park.  Visit prince Bernard waterfall and village market on reaching there. Udzungwa is the largest national park with most biodiversity and a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal scrub of eastern Tanzania. Stay overnight at the official park bandas DAY06Udzungwa national park to dar es salaam Have an early breakfast and drive to the starting point of Udzungwa trekking. Drive back to Dar es Salaam,

$1290 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

3 Days Visit Tanzania's Largest National Park

DAY01Iringa-ruaha You will be picked from your hotel at 07:30hrs and drive to Ruaha National Park. Upon arrive have a game drive. Have lunch at Msembe (Park HQ)  An evening game drive will follow to explore the outstanding sanctuary famous for its elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffaloes and other animals of the same order. Drive back to the park official cottage  for dinner and overnight. DAY02Full day game drive Set off early for a morning game drive to witness the animal kingdom at its most active hour. Search for the park’s large populations of  elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, hippos, cheetahs, zebras, impalas, warthogs, ostrich, and giraffes among others. Enjoy packed lunch inside the park, by the banks of the river surrounded by beautiful sceneries and wildlife. Back to the camp/lodge for dinner and overnight. DAY03Departure For your final day in the Ruaha National Park, we have planned an early morning game drive but if you would like to sleep in, you are free to do so. Breakfast will be served at the camp/lodge, after which we will depart by road to Iringa town. Optional: En route you may visit the local Masai village for a Masai cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local Masai people. The safari ends in  Iringa town.

Ruaha National Park in detail