Ruaha National Park

Ruaha protects a vast tract of the rugged, semi-arid bush country that characterises central Tanzania. Its lifeblood is the Great Ruaha River, which courses along the eastern boundary in a flooded torrent during the height of the rains, but dwindling thereafter to a scattering of precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand and rock. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu and Lesser Kudu which cannot found in any other National Park. A fine network of game-viewing road follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries, where during the dry season impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risks their life for a sip of life-sustaining water, and the risk is considerable not only from the prides of lion that lord over the savannah, but also from the cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in tangled riverine thickets.

The park is one of Tanzanian's birds paradise with more than 571 species and some of them are known to be migrants from within and outside Africa. There are species of interest in the park include Ruaha red-billed hornbill which is dominant in the area. The recently annexed wetland in Usangu Basin is one of the country's Important Bird Area (IBA) as recognized by Birdlife International. The park is in Central Tanzania, 128km (80 miles) west of Iringa region. You can charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, or Iringa and also there is a year-round road access from Iringaregion.

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