This is the largest National Park in East Africa, after Kafue National Park in Zambia. Ruaha is Tanzania’s biggest elephant sanctuary. Its name derives from the Great Ruaha River which flows along its eastern border, creating spectacular gorges and flowing into the Rufiji River. The great Ruaha is home to hippos and crocodiles.
Various antelope species, such as eland, grant’s gazelle, impala, greater and lesser kudu, reedbuck, waterbuck and the rare sable and roan antelope thrive in the grasslands bordering the river, where they forage alongside buffalo, giraffe, and zebra. Predators include lions, leopards, cheetah, striped and sported hyena and wild dogs.
How to get to Ruaha; Scheduled, or charter flight from Dar, Arusha, Zanzibar, Mafia, Selous Game Reserve, Mahale, Katavi, Mikumi and the Serengeti. Road access through out of the year is available via Iringa town from Dar or Mbeya.
What to do: Game drive through the park, watching for the big five and the lesser seen animals; take a day walk or hiking safari through untouched bush. Visit the Stone Age ruins at Isamila, 120 km away from Iringa, and one of Africa’s most historical sites.