Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, where lions hunt.

Here in Tanzania


The game viewing starts the moment the plane touches down. A giraffe races beside the airstrip, all legs and neck, yet oddly elegant in its awkwardness. A line of zebras parades across the runway in the giraffe’s wake. In the distance, beneath a bulbous baobab tree, a few representatives of Ruaha’s 10,000 elephants - the largest population of any East African national park – form a protective huddle around their young.




10,300 sq km (3,980 sq miles), Tanzania’s 2nd biggest park.


Central Tanzania, 128km (80 miles) west of Iringa.

How to get there:

Scheduled and/or charter flights from Dar es Salaam, Selous,
Serengeti, Arusha, Iringa and Mbeya. Year-round road access
through Iringa from Dar es Salaam (about 10 hours)
via Mikumi or from Arusha via Dodoma.

To do:

Day walks or hiking safaris through untouched bush. Stone age
ruins at Isimila, near Iringa, 120 km (75 miles) away, one of
Africa’s most important historical sites.


Elephant, African Wild Dog, Sable Antelope, Greater Kudu.

Birds (more than 400 species) amongst whom:

Hornbill, Kingfisher, Sunbird, White stork, Crested Barbet,
Yellow-collared Lovebird.

Best time:

For predators and large mammals, dry season (mid-May-December);
bird-watching, lush scenery and wildflowers, wet season
(January-April). The male greater kudu is most visible in
June, the breeding season.


Riverside lodge; three dry season tented camps; self-catering
bandas, two campsites.

Source: TANAPA.

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