Ruaha National Park


Ruaha National Park is the least accessible park in Tanzania. As a result of the remoteness, the landscape remains untouched and is a haven for safari aficionados. Bird watchers can enjoy over 400 species of bird that are not found in northern Tanzania, and the river, spectacular gorges and majestic trees are especially appealing to those with a passion for photography.

The life-blood of the park is the Great Ruaha River and its many seasonal tributaries and pools, making this semi-arid landscape home to some of the greatest herds of elephant of any national park in East Africa. Game viewing is varied and spectacular with large prides of lion as well as leopard and cheetah, but it is the species of wildlife not seen in the other Tanzanian parks that excite - the Sable and Roan antelope, the African Wild Dog and unusually both lesser and greater Kudu, together with good numbers of plains game, Buffalo and Giraffe. The birds of Ruaha are also colourful and a big feature of the park. There are over 540 species recorded including both northern and southern migrants.



Jongomero Camp

Jongomero camp is situated on the banks of a seasonal sand river in the heart of Ruaha National Park...


Kigelia Camp

Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is a simple tented bush camp offering all those creature comforts that you need while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa...


Kwihala Camp

Kwihala Camp is located in the northern part of the Ruaha National Park, near the Mwagusi sand river, on the edge of the escarpment in a beautiful and game rich area...


Mdonya Old River Camp

Mdonya Old River Camp lies in the Western part of Ruaha National Park. It is a small bush camp in one of the newest and perhaps most exciting bush destinations in Tanzania...


Mwagusi Safari Camp

Mwagusi Safari Camp is a unique and secluded camp located along the banks of the Mwagusi River in Ruaha National Park. Started initially as a temporary fly-camp, Mwagusi has grown and developed into a uniquely designed camp with a friendly and peaceful atmosphere...


Day 1: Ruaha National Park

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s capital, her largest city and main port, a situation which dates back to colonial times. The distinctly African, colourful markets are well worth a visit and both a German and British influence can still be seen in the architecture around the city.

Day 2 - 4: Ruaha National Park

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Following its recent expansion, Ruaha is currently East Africa’s biggest national park and the second-largest on the African continent. It is also Tanzania’s most sizeable elephant haven and home to a profusion of bird species, including kingfishers, plovers, egrets, hornbills and sunbirds. Crocodiles and hippos thrive in the Great Ruaha River, which flows along the sanctuary’s eastern border and in the dry season between July and November, animals flock to the last remaining water sources, presenting an exceptional wildlife spectacle. There are a number of accommodation options available but some close for the wet season in March and April.

Day 5 - 7: Ruaha National Park

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The remote and little-visited Selous Game Reserve covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area and is the largest of its kind in Africa. At an unbelievable 55,000 sq km it is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti in the North. The landscape here has remained almost as it was before tourism began and the massive park has only a few accommodation options.

The Great Rufiji River and its tributaries are the lifeblood of the reserve, creating a network of forests and woodlands around the lagoons, sandbanks and lakes with tall palm trees adding to the scenic splendour. Because of its size and remoteness, the reserve has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephants, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ roughly 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs, giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness. Boating, walking safaris and fly camping are all available in the Selous.

Day 8 - 12: Ruaha National Park

Meal Basis: Half Board

Rising up from the Indian Ocean approximately 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, this idyllic archipelago consists of Zanzibar and Pemba islands as well as numerous smaller islets. Zanizibar Island (known locally as ‘Unguja’) is characterised by exquisite white sand beaches fringed by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters lined with coral reefs brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life. This underwater paradise is a mecca for water sport enthusiasts who flock here for the excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing on traditional local dhows. The island’s cultural heart is its old city, Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa - with its maze of narrow alleyways, lively bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses.

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