Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is a very impressive park with an abundance of wildlife. In addition, due to the parks somewhat remote location, it is not on the main tourist circuit, and so visitors can enjoy viewing the wildlife without competing with hordes of other tourists.
The park is home to very large prides of lions as well giraffes, herds of elephant and many other wild animals. The road network follows the Ruaha River, where the animals congregate in the dry season.
Flora and fauna
Petrol can be bought at headquarters for a relatively expensive price so better fuel up in Iringa.
Upmarket tourist resorts ferry their guests directly to the lodge via light aircraft such as Auric Air. The landing strip is situated near the main camp on the Ruaha River.
Permits are obtainable at the gate. At this time TANAPA will not accept cash payments and require park guests to pay by Visa or Mastercard.
Self-drive or join an organised safari.
An impressive display of fauna and flora.
The bandas are basic but clean with mosquito nets. They are beautifully situated near the River and have a self catering kitchen, warm showers, a fireplace, and you can do some animal watching right from huts on the river bank. Reservations through park headquarters +255756144400 Price about 20$ Per Person/night basic. Local meals can be obtained at headquarters kanteen 1km from the Bandas.
Very pricey. Price includes accommodation and meals but not drinks. The cost may seem high, but if you are after a little luxury, this is the place. The accommodation is made up of self contained traditional bandas with hot solar showers and flushing conveniences scattered along the Mwagusi Sand River. Inside the banda is the sleeping “tent” fitted out with comfortable bed, desk for writing your journal, etc., truly the height of opulence. Every banda has a veranda overlooking the sand river where you can watch the game wander by in the early morning and evening in unbridled comfort.
A typical day at Mwagusi can consist of the following:
Afternoon Game Drive
Evening Meal (5 Courses) set at Sand River surrounded by elephants and lions
It is also possible to arrange a day's walking safari, although this definitely is not for the faint of heart as the guides don’t like to carry guns (make sure you know how to climb a tree)!
Camping safari is the type of wildlife safari whereby canvas tents are used as accommodation while on African safari tour. There are different types and standards of camping safari. There are permanent tented camps which offer same comfort as Lodges and the only different is that wall is canvas tents. Permanent luxury tents campus has restaurant, bar and rooms. There is mobile luxury tented camps and have en suite facilities, dinner tent and small mobile bar. While Budget camping safari is basic tented camp whereby there is no bed, how ever all other services are provided same as luxury camps. Budget tented camping safaris also rough it whereby tourists travel with supplies like food, water and tents. In the game park, game drives are done comfortably after offloading all supplies. Cook prepares delicious food and tent crew erects all tents in a public campsite. Tented camping safaris are designed to prioritize comfort and value for money as well enjoying African safari holiday.