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Covering an area of just over 5,000 square miles, Ruaha is the second largest national park in Tanzania after the Serengeti. It is a rugged, remote and magical place - with massive baobabs, hilly savannah, bush and wide sand rivers fulfilling the typical perceived imagery of a true African landscape.
The Great Ruaha river is the main feature of the park, meandering purposefully through its borders, its banks providing spectacular game viewing whether by land or by water. Hippos yawning under the midday sun; crocodiles sprawled lazily along the banks fish eagles diving and swooping and, at night, the haunting sound of frogs croaking in the reeds extending across the hills and plains.
Due to its remote location, there are few inhabitants in Ruaha, but a veritable cornucopia of wildlife! Ruaha has one of the largest populations of elephant of any of the African parks, numbering up to ten thousand. The dry, open hillsides provide the perfect terrain for large herds of antelope and buffalo to gather. Predators are plentiful, particularly lion, and there are many leopard sightings in addition to large packs of hunting dog and numerous hyena, giraffe and zebra. Similar to the Selous, Ruaha is host to a unique combination of east and southern African wildlife and birdlife and is the only east African park with both greater and lesser kudu and sable and roan antelopes.
This is a largely unexplored area and because of this, a safari to the camps that are dotted around the park often give the visitor an unprecedented feeling of a ’private adventure’ and a unique experience.
For the intrepid wilderness lover and the avid safari explorer, a trip to Ruaha is uniquely rewarding and a perfect piece of Africa.