Ruaha National Park, situated in central Tanzania, is a remote and wild safari destination known for its pristine landscapes and abundant wildlife. Covering an area of approximately 20,226 square kilometers, it is the largest national park in Tanzania and offers a secluded and authentic safari experience.


encounter iconic African species, including elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and numerous antelope species. The Great Ruaha River, which flows through the park

Park Size

20,226 sq. km. (7809 sq. mi.)

Driving Distance

8 Hours from Dar es Salaam

What to Know

Ruaha National Park Overview

Ruaha National Park Highlights

Ruaha National Park is distinguished by its rugged and untouched landscapes, characterized by rocky hills, open plains, and riverine ecosystems. The Great Ruaha River, after which the park is named, is a central feature, attracting diverse wildlife during the dry season. It is a destination that offers an authentic and uncrowded safari experience, with a sense of true wilderness.

About Ruaha National Park

Established in 1964, Ruaha National Park has a history rooted in wildlife conservation and the preservation of its natural ecosystems. Over the years, it has grown to become a key component of Tanzania’s efforts to protect its biodiversity and unique landscapes.

Birdlife in Ruaha National Park

The park is a paradise for birdwatchers, boasting over 570 bird species. Ruaha’s diverse habitats, including miombo woodlands, riverbanks, and open plains, attract a wide variety of avian life. Visitors can expect to spot birds like the Lilian’s lovebird, yellow-collared lovebird, and the African fish eagle.

What to Do


Game drives

Guided game drives are the primary activity in Ruaha, offering the opportunity to explore the park’s diverse landscapes and observe its rich wildlife. Experienced guides navigate the park’s roads, ensuring you have the best chance to encounter the resident fauna

Walking Safaris

For a more intimate and immersive encounter with the park’s natural beauty, guided walking safaris provide a chance to observe smaller wildlife, tracks, and plant life up close. These walking safaris are accompanied by knowledgeable guides who offer insights into the park’s ecosystems.


Bird enthusiasts will be delighted by the park’s diverse birdlife. Guided birdwatching excursions take visitors to various birding hotspots, providing opportunities to spot both endemic and migratory species.

Where to Stay


More lodging options are available, and you’re welcome to choose your own on your adventure with us.




Mid Luxury



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