Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National park which is the largest National Park in Tanzania covering an area of 20,226 sq.km is located in south-central Tanzania. Because of its size, Ruaha is in a unique position, to be able to continue uninterrupted as it has always been an untouched, pristine eco-system, which, in today’s worlds is not only something rare, but also special.

 

During the dry season, when game viewing is at its best, animals are drawn to the Great Ruaha River and other water sources. the sand rivers (Mwagusi and the Mdonya rivers among others) which are now dry, have underground water reserves that the elephants know about, so often one can see the elephants digging holes to obtain this sweet water, which is also used by other creatures.

In the rainy season, it is green and lush, and very beautiful with full rivers. At the end of rainy season, the park looks magnificent in its view cloaks of grass and levees with amazing flowers of all description, yellow, daisies, pink cleome, and huge swathes of brightly colored ipomoeas and hibiscus. The seasonal variations in the park are grace the landscape superb; it will be wise to visit more than once, so that you can experience the vast changes that occurRuaha National Park enjoys only one rainy season, usually from the end of November to May. The average rainfall in Ruaha varies from 500mm around the Msembe HQ area in the Rift Valley, to 800mm in the western high plateau area of the Park. Rainfall plays a huge role in the ecology of the Park which is reflected in the vegetation and the movement of animals

The coolest time to visit Ruaha is normally from June to the end of July, when the temperatures range from max of 30c during the day dropping to as low as 8c at night. The temperature slowly increases over the next few months resulting in the hottest time, with daily highs of +/- 40c and a night time low of approximately 25c, which is generally just before the rain begins to fall, in November and December.

What to see

Ruaha has all the predators on show, with very good lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog and hyena. Buffalo and elephant herds are found throughout the park but it is the park’s crazy combinations of species from east and southern Africa that excites wildlife and birdwatching enthusiasts.¬† It is not uncommon to see sable antelope, Grant’s gazelle, greater kudu and lesser kudu in the same area as east Africa’s common species such as zebra, defassa waterbuck, impala and giraffe.¬† Put in the hours and travel across the park to find sable, roan, hartebeest and over 500 species of bird

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