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The term “river” in the Hehe language was the inspiration for the naming of Tanzania’s centrally located Ruaha National Park. The Great Ruaha River, after which the park is named, acts as a vital water source for the animals that live there. Ruaha is one of the least visited places in Tanzania, making safaris here feel more isolated and private than in other parts of the country, despite the fact that it is one of the largest national parks in the country and has a diverse population of animals.

During the dry season, visitors can expect to see a baobab-studded golden savannah and misty hills that extend to the horizon. As a result of the annual rainfall, the grasslands become verdant, and the baobabs blossom.

Waterbuck, impala, and gazelle imbibe at the river, where they are frequently followed by predators. You may observe lions or leopards prowling along the riverbanks, cheetahs lying in wait on the plains, and jackals and hyenas on the prowl for a chance to acquire their next meal.

Ruaha is readily combined with a safari in the Serengeti or a beach vacation in Zanzibar. Additionally, it works well with the Selous. Fly from Arusha or Dar es Salaam to one of two airstrips in Ruaha.

Animals in the wild
Ruaha National Park is famous for being a great place to see wildlife. This, along with the fact that not many people go there, makes it a spectacular place to visit.

10% of the world’s lions live in the larger Ruaha area, which has been a Lion Conservation Unit since 2005. In the park, groups of more than 20 lions are not unusual. Leopards hunt in the thicker parts of the forest, while cheetahs look for food in the fields. The wild dog is in danger of dying out, but almost 100 of them live in Ruaha. Hyenas and black-backed jackals also live there in good numbers.

During the dry season, when they are digging for water with their trunks and front feet, there are a lot of elephants around the dry riverbank. The park is also full of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, greater and lesser kudu, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, and impala.

There are more than 570 types of birds, including the red-billed hornbill, which gives the park its name. During the wet season, from February to April, birds from Europe, Asia, Australia, and Madagascar come to the island.