Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park | Crocodile The park’s name is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern margin is the focus for game- viewing. The park can be reached by car on a dirt road from Iringa, and there are two airstrips, Msembe airstrip at Msembe ( park headquarters ) and Jongomeru Airstrip, near the Jongomeru Ranger Post.

Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. The Usangu Game Reserve and other important wetlands to the park in 2008 increased its size by about 20,226 square kilometers (7 809 sq mi), making it the largest park in Tanzania and East Africa.


In Ruaha, you enter a wilderness almost as untrammeled as Katavi but much easier to reach. Ruaha national park is one of few’s Tanzania’s famous wilderness areas where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich in infants and animals such as Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), which is unavailable on other national parks. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.

However, like other rivers like Mwagusi, Jongomero, and Mzombe, the Great Ruaha River save as the park’s lifeline. During the dry season, these rivers become mostly the primary source of water for wildlife. Few natural springs keep the same purpose. In the dry season, elephants obtain water from dry sand rivers using their front feet and trunks. The remaining water falls along the Great Ruaha River are essential for hippopotamus, fish, and crocodiles.

Ruaha national park | SnakeApart from large animals, the park also harbours a number of reptiles and amphibians such as crocodiles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs

The park is characterized by semi-arid types of vegetation, baobab trees, Acacia, and other species. There are over 1,650 plant species that have been identified.

Ruaha National Park has a bimodal pattern of rain forest; the short rainfall season begins November to February, while the long season is between March and April. The annual mean rainfall ranges between 500mm-800mm, with an average yearly temperature of about 280c. The park experiences its dry season between June and October when the temperature at Msembe headquarter reaches 350c.

What to do:

Game viewing, walking safaris and cultural tourism are conducted.

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