Stepping foot in Ruaha is perhaps best analogized to undergoing a spiritual-like realization that “man” is a mere speck within the greater framework of life. Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. But amidst this vastness, there is no hustle and bustle of game vehicles and road networks. There is almost a magical silence only disturbed by the true sounds of the natural world. If you’re after a collection of beauty, intrigue and diversity, Ruaha is the place for you!
Experiencing Ruaha is similar to visiting a play written, directed and produced by Mother Earth. The backdrop is a diverse and dramatic mix of: open plains filled with baobab trees, wooded rocky slopes, seasonal wetlands, and river shores dotted with palm trees. Given the remoteness to Ruaha, safarists rarely see other travelers. Thus, human actors are replaced with fearless cats, huge herds of buffalo, scores of giraffes, and approximately 10,000 elephants. Ruaha is also one of the few places on the continent to support a viable population of the endangered African wild dog.
Now, enter the birds. Bird enthusiasts will particularly revel in the fact that over 571 species of birds have been identified in Ruaha National Park. Resident species include hornbills, kingfishers and sunbirds. Many migratory birds, such as the white stork, provide enhanced seasonal bird-viewing.
Unlike typical play-goers, those visiting Mother Earth’s performance do not have to remain in their seats. Ruaha is one of the few national parks in Tanzania where walking safari is permitted. For the timid, please do not worry for all walking safaris are led by an armed park ranger.
Ruaha is a special park that delivers an unforgettable message: Nature is a powerful and beautiful force that is truly spectacular. Visit Ruaha and experience a paradise possibly like no other.
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