Ruaha National Park
For a genuinely rewarding safari experience, delve deep into the heart of Tanzania to uncover the wild and remote Ruaha National Park.
Ruaha is the same size of South Africa‘s Kruger National Park – making it the largest national park in Tanzania and East Africa – with same wildlife density and diversity of the Kruger, but only around 1% of the visitors, so you can imagine how untouched and pristine the area is.
Home to an abundance of varied dramatic landscapes, this mighty wilderness brims with vast open plains, rolling hills filled with baobabs and the park’s lifeline, the Great Ruaha River. Huge herds of zebra, giraffe, elephant and buffalo gather here by the water, making excellent game viewing, while their predators wait in the shadows, including a tenth of all the lions in Africa, the third largest population of wild dog, hyena, leopard and cheetah. Rarer antelope species found here include kudu, sable and roan, and the birding is spectacular between January and April.
Despite is variety of wildlife and large size, Ruaha is still only home to a few camps, giving it that untarnished feel of a true wilderness and the perfect adventurous safari setting.
What to do
- Game drives
- Bush walks
Accommodation in Ruaha National Park
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Jabali RidgeJabali Ridge is located atop a rocky kopje, within the wildlife-rich Ruaha National Park. Surrounded by boulders, palms and baobab trees, the camp consists of eight suites and one private house. Suites feature private balconies from which you can look out over the Mwagusi River, and louvered shutters can be opened up to really bring you close to your surroundings, or closed for privacy. En suite bathrooms are complete with flushing toilets and hot running water. Enjoy delicious food cooked by the camp’s chefs, including homemade bread, cakes, biscuits and ice cream. Breakfast can be enjoyed out on your game drive or back at camp, then lunch is enjoyed in the mess tent while dinner is a three-course affair served under the stars. When you’re not out spotting wildlife – the area is home to large numbers of lion, leopard, cheetah and elepahnt – you can take a dip in the infinity pool, enjoy a refreshing drink on your private deck or relax with a book in the lounge.