Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park
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About
Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania making it the largest park in East Africa. The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern margin and is the focus for game viewing. The park can be reached by private plane and there are 2 airstrips – Msembe airstrip at Msembe (National Park Headquarters), and Jongomeru Airstrip. Noted animals found in this park are East African cheetah and lion, African leopard and wild dog, spotted hyena, giraffe, hippopotamus, African buffalo, and sable antelope. Since 2005, the protected area is considered a Lion Conservation Unit. The park is known for its large elephant population. More than 571 species of birds have been identified in the park. The only lodge inside the park is the Ruaha River Lodge that can be visited at any time of year. Wildlife converges on the dwindling water reserves and river in front of the Lodge. Game can be seen throughout the day from the veranda.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Traveler411914
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Off the beathen path and true safari experience
    the Ruaha National Park is the third biggest national park in Africa but is never as popular as the parks in the north. There are a lot less tourists than in other parks and that makes the safari experience very unique and authentic. We barely saw any other cars during our 3 day safari in the park and our guide used all his knowlege, good eyes and of course also luck to give us the best sightings. The park and the landscapes alone are absolutely amazing and it is nice to see that there are still these hidden gems, where the animals can really live in peace and have there space. Compared to other safaris we made in the past the one at Ruaha National Park felt much more authentic and special. We chose the budget accomodation which is very basic and you get in touch with the people maintaining and working in the park, which ist very nice and interesting. The location of the tourist bandas and the food were amazing!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 2 June 2023
  • Hedda C
    Oslo, Norway5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The safari was an impressive experience
    Honestly we were hesitant to add Ruaha to our safari package but thanks to Brighton and Halisi African Adventures for clearing our doubts. I must admit it was worth it. Of course we saw lots of elephants and it was such a thrilling adventure to see these gentle giants in such a close distance. If you love elephants you don't want to miss Ruaha No because the experience is extraordinary. We were lucky enough to see other residents of Ruaha like giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, monkey, lions, cheetahs, e.t.c. Thanks to our safari guide, Richard, who knows this park very well. Seeing giraffes and elephants and their calves drinking was amazing. All in all was amazing experience and we definitely recommend Halisi African Adventures to anyone.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Harry
    Swindon, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Safari in the Ruaha National Park
    An absolute fabulous place to enjoy and experience our first Tanzanian safari. An abundance of animals in their natural habitat which could all be approached within a few yards, under the guidance of our very experienced guide who possessed an encyclopaedic knowledge of all that we saw. When preparing a short list of safari locations ensure that the Ruaha National Park makes it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Vincent Jurriens
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ruaha on his finest
    It was a beautiful Safari experience during our first visit in Tanzania. Our guides Silas and Lewis showed us the African wild life in their own habitat. They have shared a lot of information with us about the animals. It didn't matter if it was a little bird, a dikdik or a african elephant, they shared a lot about the different animals we've seen. We have spotted a male lion with 2 lionesses and this was probarly his honeymoon. But also nice groups of elephants, kudu's, giraffes, zebras and so much more other animals. We recommend Ruaha NP but also the tour guides Silas and Lewis.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • George S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Solo safari in ruaha
    Fifth time in Africa, first time in Tanzania, was lucky enough to have the best guide you could ever find. You can't go wrong with Gilberto, he definately knows how to offer you the best safari experience, guiding you to the best places so you can be sure to observe all the wildlife you were expecting to see: Leopards (we saw 5 of them!), wild dogs (a once in a lifetime solo spotting opportunity), bat eared foxes, etc. Regarding the park itself, Ruaha is definately the best of all I have visited so far. Quite and peaceful (no big crowds etc), nice bandas and good food, it has everything you need for an unforgetable safari. Overall an A+ experience, Highly recommended! Thank you very much mr. Gilberto, thank you Zepisa, looking forward to visiting you again!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Tanzania Offroad Trips
    Arusha, Tanzania12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Authentic, scenic, and reach in wildlife
    I have recently completed a familiarization tour of southern Tanzania as a tour operator. I need to stay up-to-date on the destinations we offer our clients. I am writing to confirm that this vast wilderness is authentic and offers diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. I highly recommend this park to all nature lovers.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 13 March 2024
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Tanzania Offroad Trips
Arusha, Tanzania12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
I have recently completed a familiarization tour of southern Tanzania as a tour operator. I need to stay up-to-date on the destinations we offer our clients. I am writing to confirm that this vast wilderness is authentic and offers diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. I highly recommend this park to all nature lovers.
Written 13 March 2024
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George S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Fifth time in Africa, first time in Tanzania, was lucky enough to have the best guide you could ever find. You can't go wrong with Gilberto, he definately knows how to offer you the best safari experience, guiding you to the best places so you can be sure to observe all the wildlife you were expecting to see: Leopards (we saw 5 of them!), wild dogs (a once in a lifetime solo spotting opportunity), bat eared foxes, etc.

Regarding the park itself, Ruaha is definately the best of all I have visited so far. Quite and peaceful (no big crowds etc), nice bandas and good food, it has everything you need for an unforgetable safari.

Overall an A+ experience, Highly recommended!

Thank you very much mr. Gilberto, thank you Zepisa, looking forward to visiting you again!
Written 19 November 2023
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Vincent Jurriens
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It was a beautiful Safari experience during our first visit in Tanzania.
Our guides Silas and Lewis showed us the African wild life in their own habitat. They have shared a lot of information with us about the animals. It didn't matter if it was a little bird, a dikdik or a african elephant, they shared a lot about the different animals we've seen.
We have spotted a male lion with 2 lionesses and this was probarly his honeymoon.
But also nice groups of elephants, kudu's, giraffes, zebras and so much more other animals.
We recommend Ruaha NP but also the tour guides Silas and Lewis.
Written 6 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Harry
Swindon, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
An absolute fabulous place to enjoy and experience our first Tanzanian safari. An abundance of animals in their natural habitat which could all be approached within a few yards, under the guidance of our very experienced guide who possessed an encyclopaedic knowledge of all that we saw. When preparing a short list of safari locations ensure that the Ruaha National Park makes it.
Written 23 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hedda C
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Honestly we were hesitant to add Ruaha to our safari package but thanks to Brighton and Halisi African Adventures for clearing our doubts.
I must admit it was worth it.
Of course we saw lots of elephants and it was such a thrilling adventure to see these gentle giants in such a close distance. If you love elephants you don't want to miss Ruaha No because the experience is extraordinary.
We were lucky enough to see other residents of Ruaha like giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, monkey, lions, cheetahs, e.t.c. Thanks to our safari guide, Richard, who knows this park very well. Seeing giraffes and elephants and their calves drinking was amazing.
All in all was amazing experience and we definitely recommend Halisi African Adventures to anyone.
Written 28 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Traveler411914
Barcelona10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
the Ruaha National Park is the third biggest national park in Africa but is never as popular as the parks in the north. There are a lot less tourists than in other parks and that makes the safari experience very unique and authentic. We barely saw any other cars during our 3 day safari in the park and our guide used all his knowlege, good eyes and of course also luck to give us the best sightings. The park and the landscapes alone are absolutely amazing and it is nice to see that there are still these hidden gems, where the animals can really live in peace and have there space. Compared to other safaris we made in the past the one at Ruaha National Park felt much more authentic and special. We chose the budget accomodation which is very basic and you get in touch with the people maintaining and working in the park, which ist very nice and interesting. The location of the tourist bandas and the food were amazing!
Written 2 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

G J
United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We have booked an individual 6-day tour to Ruaha National Park .The communication was easy and professional from the booking time and onwards. We met in the airport just in time. Our guide, Joel, is an amazing, very professional and experienced guide and driver. He was always polite, ready to answer any questions, very punctual. He knows every meter in the parks, every animal and bird. He sees 360 degrees around at the same moment - he pointed to the animals we could hardly find with binoculars! Food and living were very good, everyone tried to do our vacation the best. And the safary itself was a miraculous experience! Every day was different: we saw fighting elephants, hunting cheetahs, lions bypassing the jeep... And many more impressions! This was definitely a lifetime experience. We are very grateful to the guys from Tanzania Horizon for making our dreams come true.
Written 21 March 2023
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mfuwe
Isle of Man, UK48,611 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is one of the most scenic of Tanzania's if not Africa's Game Parks. Especially good in the 'green season'. More ellies than any other park and very friendly too. Leopard, cheetah and lion plus wild dogs. Many antelope and birds too.
Worth a long visit. We did 8 days and would wish for longer. There is an airstrip and regular flights by Cessna. 100km from Iringa for larger planes to DAR etc.,
Written 25 February 2023
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conejotravel
Springville, UT95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I'm so glad we changed our plans and visited this park instead of the more popular parks in Tanzania. We may not have seen huge herds of animals, but we saw the animals with no herds of other tourists. We had such an amazing experience, I'm glad to see that there are a few small corners of the Earth that are being preserved in such a way!
Written 15 January 2023
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Vincent8520
Kuurne, Belgium45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We saw a lot of animals including the leopard.
And we saw almost no others jeeps !!
So we recommand this NP !!
Written 6 January 2023
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