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Eastern Circuit


Ruaha National Park One of the country’s most outstanding wilderness area. It is the second largest National Park, covering an area of 20,226 sq.km located in south-central Tanzania. During the dry season, when game viewing is at its best, animals are drawn to the Great Ruaha River and other water sources. The name Ruaha was derived from the hehe word called ”Luhava” meaning the great river.



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Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s largest and most significant national parks, located in the southern part of the country. Established in 1964, it covers an area of about 20,226 square kilometers (7,809 square miles), making it the largest national park in Tanzania and East Africa. The park is named after the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern border.

The landscape of Ruaha National Park is characterized by vast savannah plains, rolling hills, and the Great Rift Valley escarpment. It is renowned for its diverse and abundant wildlife, including large populations of elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and various antelope species such as kudu, sable, and roan antelope.

One of the park’s unique features is its large population of African wild dogs, which are among the most endangered carnivores in Africa. Ruaha National Park is also home to over 570 bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.

Due to its remote location and relatively low visitor numbers compared to other Tanzanian parks such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha offers a more exclusive and off-the-beaten-path safari experience. Visitors can enjoy game drives, walking safaris, and birdwatching excursions while experiencing the pristine wilderness and rugged beauty of this remarkable national park.

Getting There:

The park is accessible by road and air.

Road. From Iringa town it is 108km to the main gate (Y-Junction), 625Km from Dar es Salaam and 480Km from Mbeya City.

Air. Daily flights from Dar es Salaam and Arusha is the easiest way to Ruaha. Airstrips are located at Msembe and Jongomero. Coastal Aviation, Auric Air and Safari Link all have scheduled flights to Ruaha.

Park Attractions:

Not only does Ruaha enjoy abundant wildlife, but the magnificent and constantly changing landscapes add a magical touch to the whole experience. Baobabs dot the rocky hillsides, the cool green shade along the River, the open grassy plains, all make a wonderful and exciting trip.


Ruaha National Park enjoys only one rainy season, usually from the end of November to May with annual average rainfall ranging from 500 to 800mm. The park is located at an altitude between 750 and 1868 meters.

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