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Arusha is the gateway to all northern circuit Tanzania game parks and tourist destinations like Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks; Lake Eyasi, Lake Natron, cultural tourism and other sight seeing tours.

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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is located 80 miles (130km) from Iringa in central Tanzania.  It derived its name from the Ruaha River that runs through it and is one of 15 parks managed by the Tanzania National Parks authorities. Ruaha National Park was formed in 1949 and in 2008 was expanded to become the largest national park in Africa. Its expansion came about when Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Wildlife Management Area and several other protected areas were merged with the park. It now covers an area of 22,000km².

Leopard - Ruaha National Park

Leopard - Ruaha National Park

It is an integral part of the Southern Safari circuit, which includes, Selous Game Reserve, Udzungwa and Mikumi National Parks. A major drawing card is the wildlife diversity. Much of the Ruaha wildlife concentrates along the Ruaha River where visitors are likely to see predators and herbivores alike. The park is home to lions, leopard, jackal, hyena as well as the rare African wild dog. Herbivors include waterbuck, impala, grant’s gazelle, greater kudu, lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope. We should not forget the large pods of Ruaha River hippos.

Hippos - Ruaha River

Hippos and crocodiles in the Ruaha River

Crocodile basking on the banks of the Ruaha River

Ruaha is very well known for its large herds of elephant that roam around the baobab trees. It is estimated that there are upwards of 10,000 elephants in the park.  It is a bird lover’s paradise with 475 species including Hornbills, Kingfishers, Sunbirds and White Stork. Sadly Rhino are no longer found in this park and have not been seen since 1982. Their absence is very likely due to poaching.

Best time to go to view wildlife:

Dry Season (May through December) – predators and larger mammals
Wet Season (January through April) – Birds and wild flowers
The greater kudu is mostly seen in June which is the breeding season.

How to get there:

By road – it is accessible by car through the city of Iringa from Dar es Salaam. The drive will take about 10 hours from Dar es Salaam.
By air – there is an air strip at Msembe, the park headquarters. Scheduled and chartered flights arrive from Dar es Salaam, Selous, Serengeti, Arusha, Iringa and Mbeya.

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Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris Ltd (KTS) is a licensed Tour Operator in the safari town of Arusha, Northern Tanzania.

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