3 Day Tanzania Safari Ruaha National Park

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3 Day Tanzania Safari Ruaha National Park

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This 3 day Tanzania road safari to Ruaha National Park begins and ends in Iringa, an important agricultural town, and the gateway for visiting Ruaha National Park or other Southern circuit safari parks. 

Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s largest national park and home to the largest Elephant herds in East Africa and delivers excellent sightings of predators like Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, and highly endangered wild dog.

Departing Iringa by road, we take two and a half hours (approximately 120 km) to Ruaha National Park on Tanzania’s Southern Safari Circuit. Ruaha National Park hosts large populations of Lions, Cheetahs, and African wild dogs as well as sizeable number of Leopard and Hyena populations.

This lesser-known Tanzanian safari destination is one of East Africa’s hidden gems offering a secluded wilderness experience.  In the afternoon, embark on an incredible wildlife safari in the wild and remote Park, hosting large populations of predators and a diversity of other wildlife.

At the end of an action-packed day of game viewing, we head to our comfortable lodge/camp in Ruaha for a relaxing evening. Accommodation options include Kwihala Camp, Jabali Ridge, Mwagusi Camp, Kichaka Camp, and Mdonya Old River Camp.

On day two we set off into the unspoilt bush in search of wild animals and birds. The whole day is dedicated to 4×4 game drives in Ruaha National Park. The park is about 20 226 km² in size and is named after the Great Ruaha River which flows through the south-eastern part of the park.

Ruaha is a predator hotspot, hosting one of the world’s largest Lion populations and one of the few sizeable populations of Cheetahs in East Africa. The national park is also home to one of Africa’s largest populations of endangered African wild Dogs, numerous Leopards, and Hyenas.

In addition to impressive carnivore sightings, we are sure to see Elephants on our 4×4 game drives in Ruaha, which hosts over 10000. We are also likely to see Cape Buffalos as Ruaha hosts large herds of this member of the Big Five, along with plenty of Giraffes, Zebras, Waterbuck, Hippos, Impalas, Jackals, Impala, and other Antelopes.

Both greater and lesser kudu are found here, as well as Sable and Roan Antelopes, along with more common species such as Bushbuck, Eland, and Grant’s Gazelle.

Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here and makes it a paradise to bird watchers. Most of the birds are residents such as Kingfishers, Hornbills, and Sunbirds but some are migrants from other continents such as Asia, Europe, and within Africa to the region for instance the White Stork.

On day 3, we say goodbye to the untamed wilderness of Ruaha and make our way back to Iringa where our memorable adventure began.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Iringa – Drive to Ruaha National Park
Day 2: Explore Ruaha National Park
Day 3: Ruaha – Drive to Iringa

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Iringa – Drive to Ruaha National Park

Beginning in Iringa, we take a three-hour drive (approximately 120 km) to Ruaha National Park on Tanzania’s Southern Safari Circuit. The next 2 days are set aside for exploring the spectacular landscapes of Ruaha National Park in search of wildlife and birds.

Due to its isolated location, Ruaha is a less-explored and often overlooked gem with a truly wild and undisturbed feeling. This is Tanzania’s largest national park, covering about 20 226 km² (7,809 mi²) of grassy plains and gentle hills sprinkled with acacia and baobab trees.

Here, in this remote Tanzanian wilderness area, we escape the bustle and noise of modern life, tuning into the rhythms of the unspoilt African bush. In the afternoon you embark on your first open 4×4 game drive in the wild Ruaha National Park.

This lesser-known safari destination is considered one of East Africa’s hidden gems, hosting diverse wildlife, birds, and flora. It offers a far more remote safari experience than the often-crowded, famous game parks of northern Tanzania.

In Ruaha, we are almost sure to encounter Elephants, Buffalos, and Lions (three of Africa’s Big Five) and possibly Leopards too. Other commonly sighted animals in Ruaha include Wildebeest, Giraffes, Hippos, and Antelopes of various kinds.

Accommodation Options: Ikuka Camp, Kichaka Camp, Jabali Ridge, Jongomero Camp, Mdonya Old River Camp, Mwagusi Safari Camp, Ruaha River Lodge and Kwihala Camp

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Explore Ruaha National Park

The whole of today is dedicated to wildlife viewing in Ruaha, Tanzania’s best-kept safari secret. The game viewing program is flexible allowing you to choose the timing and type of safari activities that suit you best. Pick between full-day or half-day game drives (included cost) and picnic lunches in the bush or hot lunches back at camp.

Optional activities available at an extra cost include walking safaris in Ruaha, night game drives and even hot-air balloon safaris! Ruaha National Park is known for its large Elephant and Buffalo populations as well as the exceptionally high number of predators found here.

Lions are especially abundant in Ruaha, which is said to host the second largest Lion population on the planet. This is also a stronghold for endangered African wild dogs, as well as hosting impressive Cheetah populations and numerous Leopards.

Ruaha is situated in a transitional zone where eastern and southern ecosystems overlap resulting in an unusual mix of habitats and accompanying inhabitants, hence its remarkable diversity of plants, animals and birds.

It is one of the few parks where both greater and lesser kudu can be found, as well as rare sable and roan antelopes. Ruaha also offers outstanding bird watching opportunities given the diversity and abundance of species. Over 580 bird species have been recorded, rare and endangered species included.

Accommodation Options: Ikuka Camp, Kichaka Camp, Jabali Ridge, Jongomero Camp, Mdonya Old River Camp, Mwagusi Safari Camp, Ruaha River Lodge and Kwihala Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Ruaha – Drive to Iringa

Wake up in the heart of the untamed African bush one last time and tuck into a hearty breakfast. Then, we set off on our final game drive in Ruaha as we exit the park and return to Iringa where our Southern Tanzania Safari adventure comes to a close.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

3 Day Tanzania Safari Ruaha National Park Prices

3 Day Tanzania Safari Ruaha National Park Rates Includes:

All applicable Game Park entrance fees + Government taxes + Scheduled game viewing drives + A bottle of water while on safari + Services of our professional driver guide + 2 Night accommodation on full board basis per night while on safari at Ruaha National Park & Return road transport from Iringa to Ruaha National Park and back in our customized 4×4 safari vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing

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* This tour departs daily and also private departures are available. Kindly inquire

3 Day Tanzania Safari Ruaha National Park Rates Do Not Include:

* International Airfare
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver-guide
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport) Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes, and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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