Le parc national de Ruaha, situé au cœur de la Tanzanie, est l’un des parcs nationaux les plus impressionnants d’Afrique après celui de Selous. Il couvre une superficie d’environ 20 000km² et est traversé par la grande rivière Ruaha qui favorise l’activité animalière. 

Why visit Ruaha National Park?

Few places in the world can boast such a wide range of different animals. From the elusive African leopard to the rare African wild dog and all your favourite safari animals, there’s something for everyone. The park’s savannah is home to a huge herd of elephants, meaning any visitor can expect to see these majestic creatures at any time. The park is also home to other animals, including the black and roan antelope and the kudu, which can only be seen in this park.

Safari in Ruaha, Tanzania

Visitors are surrounded by an endless variety of animals, including leopards, giraffes, zebras and more! It’s a perfect paradise with many reptiles and amphibians, including the well-known crocodile, a venomous snake, but also lizards, frogs… As well as seeing elephants, you can spot many different species of bird in the park, such as the egret, the hoopoe, the spotted dogfish and many others…

Trip to Ruaha Park, southern Tanzania

Discover the incredible variety of flora and fauna that call the park home, with majestic acacia and baobab forests lining the broad meanders of the Ruaha River. The remoteness of the park, combined with its vast size, ensures a peaceful safari. You are unlikely to come across another vehicle on your journey. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on safari on foot and at night, making your excursion unique and unforgettable.

Get ready to explore an untamed wilderness. You’ll come face to face with rare fauna and a wide variety of wildlife. This is adventure at its best!

It is possible to combine your visit to Ruaha National Park with other parks on the southern circuit, such as Udzungwa National Park, Mikumi National Park or the Selous Reserve.

How to get to Ruaha National Park

If you want to reach the remote area of Ruaha National Park, in central Tanzania, you can either fly or drive.

By plane, you should allow around 1? hours for the journey via Selous, Dar Es Salaam, Serengeti, Arusha, Iringa and Mbeya airports. Flights are expensive, but the journey is well worth it for access to exotic wildlife.

If you opt to travel by car, you’ll need to allow around 10 hours’ drive from Dar es Salaam to reach the park. The 4×4 journey is an experience in itself and will give you a real feel for the African bush. A flight to the park’s airstrip will take you through some truly spectacular scenery.

When to visit Ruaha National Park

From May to December, it offers the best viewing conditions in the region. The mating season for many male greater kudu coincides with June. During this period, the presence of large herds of animals can make it more difficult to find individual animals. During the rainy season, nature is more beautiful, with lush tropical vegetation and flowers blooming everywhere. Beware, however, as some tracks are inaccessible during this season, and the humid heat can make the park less pleasant for tourists.

Where to stay near Ruaha

There are various types of accommodation in the park:

  • Luxury lodges
  • Semi-hard tented camps
  • canvas tented camps

Let our advisors guide you in your choice of accommodation.

Park rates and regulations

The park is accessible all year round, but you will have to pay an entrance fee.

  • This costs $30 per day for adults
  • 15 per day for children aged 5 to 18
  • Admission for children under 5 is free

During your visit, you will be required to comply with the guidelines aimed at preserving the wildlife: silence in the presence of wild animals, distance to be kept from animals, rubbish collection.