Ruaha is a very impressive park with an abundance of wildlife. In addition, due to the parks somewhat remote location, it is not on the main tourist circuit, and so visitors can enjoy viewing the wildlife without competing with hordes of other tourists.
The park is home to very large prides of lions as well giraffes, herds of elephant and many other wild animals. The road network follows the Ruaha River, where the animals congregate in the dry season.
Ruaha National Park
The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along it is southeastern margin is the focus for game- viewing. The park can be reached by car a dirt road from Iringa and there 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 addition of the Usangu Game Reserve and other important wetland to the park in 2008 increased it is size about 20,226 square kilometres (7, 809 sq mi), making it the largest park in Tanzania and East Africa.
In Ruaha you enter a wilderness almost as untrammelled as katavi, but much easier to reach. Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) which can not be found in any other national park. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.
The Great Ruaha River as other rivers like Mwagusi, Jongomero and Mzombe save as the life line of the park. During dry season, these rivers become mostly the main source of water for wildlife. There are few natural springs saving the same purpose. In the pick of 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 also important habitat for hippopotamus, fish and crocodiles.
Apart 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 type 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 the average annual temperature of about 280c. The park experiences its dry season between June and October when the temperature at Msembe headquarter reaches 350c.
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Game viewing, walking safaris and cultural tourism are conducted.
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