Ruaha National Park is just south of central Tanzania in East Africa and is named after the Ruaha River, which runs along the southeastern border of the park.
The national park encompasses an area of 7,809 square miles of Grasslands and rocky terrain, making it the largest national park in Tanzania and one of the largest in Africa.
Ruaha National Park is part of the larger Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi ecosystem that covers an area of 17,000 square miles.
Ngalambulwa Mountain is the tallest point in the park reaching a summit of 5,250ft.
A second river, the Njombe, goes through some of the park’s gorges and rocky broken landscapes.
Crocodiles can be commonly seen sunning on the banks of both the Ruaha and Njombe rivers.
The dry seasons shrink the river, which draws wildlife in for drinking, meaning it becomes an excellent place to see animals.
Large gatherings of elephants, giraffes, buffalos, kudus and impalas can often be seen in herds, and the Mdonya woodlands are a great place to see hartebeest, sable and roan antelope.
There are more elephants in Ruaha than anywhere else in Tanzania and it is almost a guarantee safari-goers will see Great Kudu because of their high population there.
The park also features predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs. The park serves as one of Tanzania’s Lion Conservation Units.
Hippos, zebras and warthogs also live in the Park, as well as more than 570 species of birds. Hornbills, raptors, bee-eaters, rollers, and many other species make bird-watching a popular activity there.
The rare Eleonora’s Falcon has also been spotted during the months of December and January.