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Ruaha

The other park in the southern circuit (along with Selous), Ruaha is ancient and wild, studded with thick baobabs many hundreds of years old, and carved through the centre by the Great Ruaha River.  Ruaha is perfect for those seeking an ever more elusive raw Africa experience in a truly wild landscape.  Famous for its large prides of lion and elephant, Ruaha also has cheetah on the plains and leopard sightings are frequent. 
Ruaha National Park has a completely different landscape to the Selous: red scorched earth, baobabs and snaking sand rivers.  The game viewing here is excellent and follows the same seasonal pattern as the Selous, such that they combine well in an itinerary.
 
Ruaha's boundaries were recently extended, making it Tanzania's largest National Park.  The park’s location, in central western Tanzania means it is far from civilisation and, apart from a few very keen overland trippers, is accessed only by light aircraft.  Many people regard Ruaha as Tanzania's best kept secret, and, while we save that particular accolade for nearby Katavi, there is no doubt that this park can offer one of the wildest and most private game viewing experiences in Africa.
 
The relatively few camps mean that you have swathes of untouched African bush to explore.  And with its amazing birdlife (547 species) as well as copious big game,  Ruaha is one of Africa's most interesting and diverse parks to visit.
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  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 5 out of our Big 7  icon
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