Ruaha National Park
Undisturbed wildlife and rugged scenery
Covering nearly 13,000 km², the Ruaha National Park is renowned for its undisturbed wildlife and stunning, rugged scenery.
The Park is named after the Great Ruaha River, which flows through the reserve, and which is home to hippos, crocodiles, turtles and fish. During the dry season months (mid-May to December), the river banks are crowded with large herds of elephants, buffalo and gazelle, zebra and giraffe.
There is also a good chance of seeing lion and leopard, as well as wild dog, cheetah and hyena.
The Park is also famous for its kudu, sable and roan antelope population, and its incredibly rich and varied birdlife (over 400 species have been recorded here).
The wet season (January to April) is the best time for bird-watching, when species such as the crested barbet, yellow-collared lovebird and ashy starling can be spotted.
Scenery-wise, most of the Park is situated on the top of a plateau, with rolling hills, valleys and grassy plains. Small mountain ranges run along the south-west borders, adding another element to the topography.
A Safari in the Ruaha National Park
There is a good selection of private lodges and camps in the Park, and the majority of guests will fly into their safari lodge, because of the rather remote location of the Park.
Game viewing is done by vehicle or safari boat trips along the Great Ruaha River.
A safari in the Ruaha National Park is a unique and rewarding experience, and although you can decide to spend your entire time on safari here, many people also choose to combine a safari here with a safari in the Selous Game Reserve, as the 2 safari destinations compliment each other nicely.
Accommodation at Jongomero comprises 8 large and well-appointed tented suites, all built on raised wooden platforms and under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private veranda. The tents are spread out on the edge of the sand river which is often used by a multitude of different animals to make their way to the river system for water.
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The 20 riverside en-suite 'bandas' are designed to blend seamlessly into the surroundings. The local stone and thatch room has minimal impact on the environment and game viewing from your veranda is a relaxing and enthralling option.
The camp is located in a beautiful wilderness area and sitting in the camp with a book and a pair of binoculars may be quite rewarding.Eleven spacious Meru-style walk-in tents dot the river bed, shaded by layered canopies of sycamore figs and acacia trees.