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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park covers an area of 12,950 sq. kms and is Tanzania’s second largest National Park. It forms the core of a much larger (45,000 sq. kms) ecosystem including Rungwa and Kisigo Game Reserves and although it was established in 1910 as part of the Saba Game Reserve it’s present boundaries were demarcated as recently as 1964.

The central spine of the Park is the watershed between the Nzombe and Ruaha rivers, with its dramatic escarpment above which are large stretches of miombo woodland. Below this lie undulating plains with vegetation ranging from dry bush country to treeless grasslands, swamps and evergreen forests intersected by the many sand rivers that are such a feature of this area. Ruaha represents a transition zone where eastern and southern species of flora and fauna overlap and in all some 1,650 plant species and over 450 bird species have been recorded within the park itself.

Ruaha National Park : Wildlife
Ruaha National Park is known for its large elephant and buffalo herds and one of its principal attractions lies in being able to see greater and lesser kudu as well as the majestic sable and roan antelope within the same area. As well as an abundance of lion, leopard and cheetah it is also home to the increasingly rare
African Hunting Dog. Ruaha National Park is a great year round park due to its good all weather road network. The South West area of Tanzania where Ruaha National Park is located has the lowest rainfall in Tanzania. June to November is driest with the focus of wildlife viewing around the river courses and permanent waterholes.
Near Ruaha National Park. The Ruaha area is surrounded with a tourist potential areas. If you travel to Ruaha there are so many other things interesting to visit either before or just after visiting Ruaha.  On the other words, a traveler will not come to a country for Wildlife only, they will be interested in seeing life of the people around the area, land scape, historical sites, agricultural and animal husbandry among the others. Here are few things that Bush Routes would like to suggest to the people who are interested in visiting Ruaha National Park.

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Northern Tanzania Safaris

  • Ngorongoro Crater Area
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Lk.Manyara National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Arusha National Park
  • Lk.Natron
  • Lk.Eyasi
Southern Tanzania Safaris

  • Selous Game Reserve
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Udzungwa Mountains
  • Saadani National Park
  • Kilombero Valley
  • Luguru Mountains
Western Tanzania Safaris

  • Katavi National Park
  • Gombe Stream National Park
  • Mahale Mountain N. Park
  • Kigoma town
  • Lk.Tanganyika
  • Lk.Rukwa
  • Lk.Malawi / Nyasa

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