Ruaha National Park is one of the finest safari and wilderness areas in the whole of Africa and arguably the finest in Tanzania. Its low visitor numbers, sense of true remote wilderness and some of the best safari camps and guides in the country make it a real safari lovers paradise. Including Ruaha in any Tanzania safari as either part of a longer trip combining with the Selous Game reserve to the east or Katavi National Park to the west is highly recommended. In fact, Ruaha can easily be combined with the Northern parks of Tanzania by combining with Tarangire National park before making your way to the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
At Tailormade Africa we have a deep and impassioned love for Ruaha and urge all safari visitors to consider visiting. There are only a handful of camps too here and 90% of them we feel are just fantastic. Well run, authentic in the bush camps at varying degrees of luxury. The management and staff of all the camps we endorse have created ambient and warm welcoming atmospheres. That home away from home feeling. Our favourites would be Kichaka camp, probably the best walking safari experience in Southern Tanzania with professional guide Andrew (Moli) Molinaro. Kwihala, Jongomero, and Mdonya all very different from each other but all excellent in their own right. Kigelia Camp makes up the last of the camps we have a strong feelings for. A quick mention of a camp being built as we speak and sister camp to Kwihala, the exciting addition of Jabali Ridge Camp due to open in September of 2017
The wildlife viewing in Ruaha is sensational. The variant ecosystem and biodiversity here plays host to a whole range of animal species set against truly epic scenic backdrops. Interestingly this park sort of sits in a buffer zone between East and Southern Africa terrain which gives you an interesting and ultimately magical mix of the Plains of the Serengeti/Massai Mara in equal measure to the mixed (Miombo) woodland, Acacia scrub and woodland and Baobab terrain of Southern Africa. All that along with a seasonal river, the Ruaha River, helps create this remarkable park.
The walking safaris here deserves special mention as they are few places in East Africa that has “real” big game walking safari. Tracking down and spending time with Elephant, Lion and buffalo on foot is an extraordinary experience. Currently there are only a handful of guides that have the required skill and numbers of years of experience behind them to offer this twist on a safari safely. The best guides of East Africa all work in Ruaha at some point in their career as is very much a safari aficionado’s paradise, remote and away from the dense visitor numbers of most of the other parks and game reserves in Tanzania.