Ruaha National Park

With a history dating back to 1910, Ruaha National Park – part of the Southern Tanzania safari circuit – is the second biggest National Park in Tanzania. Despite the beauty of its rolling hills, massive baobab trees, the flowing Ruaha River and wide open bushveld, the park is comparatively inaccessible compared to some of Tanzania’s other parks, so it remains one of the least visited parks in the country – perfect for secluded safaris!

Part of what’s known as an ecological transition zone, Ruaha National Park’s thick back bush contrast magnificently to the wide open plains found further on in the park. These plains are alive with a healthy lion, leopard, Wild Dog and cheetah population, who share them with a diverse range of herbivores such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, roan, sable and impala to name but a few. Ruaha is also home to the Greater Kudu, which is found in no other park in the country.

Bird lovers get their fair share in Ruaha National Park too, with over 570 species on record. The Ruaha riverbanks attract birds such as the imposing Goliath Heron, white-headed plovers and saddle-billed storks while the period between mid-November and March sees the areas population swell with migrant birds. Testament to this is the fact that Birdlife International recognizes the Usangu basin wetland as one of Tanzania’s most important bird regions. Longtime friends of the birds, the waters of the Ruaha river are shared by hippopotamus and crocodiles.

For the culturally minded, Ruaha National Park has several sites of historical significance and formed an important region on the great Arab trade routes of the 1800s. There are also great battlefields where the indigenous Hehe tribe defeated a German invasion in the 19th Century, while rock paintings adorn the rocky outcrops of Nyanywa.

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Kigelia Camp

Kigelia Camp

As the ultimate intimate seasonal camp, the lovely Kigelia Camp lends its name from the isolated grove of large Kigelia trees where it is sited, on the banks of the seasonal Ifuguru River. This gorgeous location for an unforgettable African tented safari experience is set in the thriving Ruaha National Park, and places a large emphasis on social and environmental responsibility. Aiming to help preserve and maintain its magnificent natural surrounds, the camp also offers all the bells and whistles that are par for the course for a luxury adventure in the bush, and expected by well-heeled travellers.

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Jongomero

Jongomero

Nestled in the wilderness of the Ruaha National Park, on the banks of the seasonal Jongomero River at the South-West of Tanzania, Jongomero gives visitors a unique and isolated experience of the African Bush and a prime location for an African safari. The plush accommodation also pulls out all the stops to add to the authentic African charm of this establishment, and guests are spoilt for choice with the eight spacious thatched tented suites on offer. Each suite is set on a wooden platform for optimum views, and boasts a large private veranda and bathroom to boot.

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Kwihala Tented Camp

Kwihala Tented Camp

Those with a sense of adventure are sure to love Kwihala, a mobile tented camp in a wildlife rich region of Ruaha National Park. Combine the thrill of sleeping under canvas with all the drama and excitement of game drives in this wild and remote reserve known for its large herds of elephant and excellent predator sightings.

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