Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is the largest National Park in Tanzania, covers an area of about 22,000 km². It is one of the few of Tanzania’s famous wilderness areas, whereby the experience of game viewing spiced up by the exciting landscape and its Great Ruaha River. The park’s name is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.

Like other rivers like Mwagusi, Jongomero and Mzombe save as the life line of the park, the Great Ruaha River. During the dry season, these rivers become mostly the primary source of water for wildlife. The park has a high concentration of elephants, and magnificent mammals like greater and lesser kudus, sable and roan antelopes can easily be spotted in miombo woodland. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, elands, impalas, bat-eared foxes and jackals.

Why Visit Ruaha National Park

  • An enormous area wilderness area
  • Essentially all the mammals of the East African plain can be seen.
  • Some species of large mammals, including the greater Kudu, are easy to spot here
  • Natural beauty – palm-fringed river valley savannas dotted with baobabs, rugged rocky outcrops.
  • Marvellous flora splendour during the wet season
  • Some feeling of solitude, because of the relatively few visitors

What to Do:

  • Wildlife safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Camping safaris

Getting There:

  • Scheduled and Charter flight
  • Drive from Dar es Salaam or southern regions

Best Time to Visit:

  • The best time to see predators and large mammals are during the dry season between mid-May and February.


Ikuka Safari Camp

Perched on the edge of the Mwagusi escarpment, commanding spectacular views across the Ruaha valley, Ikuka offers a classic luxury wilderness experience. It comprises just six beautifully appointed rooms, each with its panoramic vista of the Ruaha wilderness. Ikuka offers a compelling insight into the dramatic wilds of Ruaha National Park.

The interiors comprise white quartz from the escarpment itself, along with other local and sustainably sourced materials. The rooms have 24-hour electricity, fans and hot water, large super-king beds, a spacious bathroom area, and a lounge area complete with comfortable leather seating leading out onto large private balconies.

Ruaha River Lodge

Set on one of the most stunning stretches of the Great Ruaha River, you can see game throughout the day from the comfort of your veranda.

The lodge consists of 24 stone chalets stretching along the river bank; each chalet has stunning views from a large veranda out the front. The vast interiors feature a sitting area, writing desk, and either twin or double beds. At the rear of each chalet is a large bathroom decorated with found timber, a shower and double basins.

Jabali Ridge

Perched on a rocky outcrop in one of the best locations the park has to offer, Jabali Ridge is a sophisticated retreat with spectacular views of riverbeds studded with spiky palms and baobabs.

Jabali Ridge is an exclusive base to discover Ruaha on day and night game drives and walking safaris.

Jabali Private House

Jabali Private House is the most sophisticated safari bolthole in southern Tanzania, offering total privacy and complete flexibility in your safari itinerary. Explore Ruaha National Park, which is home to large concentrations of lion, with your private guide and vehicle on game drives, night drives, and walking safaris.

Set 200 metres from Jabali Ridge and built around three majestic baobabs, Jabali Private House is the ultimate base for a family or group of friends to experience Tanzania’s wildest national park.