Ruaha National Park with its unrestrained country of semi-arid bush is a pearl among parks that is passed over by most visitors. The wild, fascinating and varied outback stretches down towards the distant haze of the southern highlands and being there you will at times feel like an early explorer in a virgin land!
The park gets its name from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along the southeastern border of the park, creating spectacular bronzed sandstone gorges. It’s also in this area where most gamedriving is done. During the dry season the animals are attracted to the precious muddy pools of the riverbeds. That is all that remain after the wet seasons torrential waters. It's a highly dangerous time of the year for the countless zebra, giraffe, kudu, oribi, roan and sable antelope, when predators keep close watch over their every movement. Large prides of lion and slender cheetah hunch in the dry yellow bush which is also hunting ground for striped and spotted hyena, jackal and the highly endangered African wild dog! Leopard lurk in the riverine thickets and prehistoric crocodile lie motionless and deadly around the waterholes.
Ruaha has one of the largest population of elephants of all the national parks in East Africa. When these majestic and awe-inspiring animals come down to drink and cool off in the waterholes, even the predators give way.
Birdlife is rich in the park. Eurasian migrants visit the resident hornbills, egrets, bee-eaters and eagles. Over 370 species have been recorded, some of which are not found in the northern parts of the country.