Southern Tanzania Lodge Safari Over View
Travel to Ruaha National Park is exciting and a superb experience, Ruaha national park has remained untouched and the environment is original offering tourist a graet game viewing experience as opposed to what they would experience in other parks of Tanzania.
Ruaha National Park is Tanzania's 2nd biggest park and host to a number of animals which rare or absent in the North. The rare animals include the African Wild dog, roan and sable antelope and the greater kudu. The Great Ruaha River, which provides life to the park, flows through the eastern side of the park and is home to hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds. Accommodation at Ruaha River Lodge or Jongomero Camp.
Three Days Ruaha Lodge Holiday Safari
Day One: Dar-es-Salaam - Ruaha National Park
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you will be transfered to the Airport, fly to Ruaha National Park. On arrival you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to the Lodge or camp game drive en route. You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and after lunch you can spend the afternoon at leisure or take a dip in the pool. Later on head out for the evening game drive. Ruaha National Park benefits from the dispersal and migration of other wildlife from its ecosystem coming down from the northern game reserves of Kizigo and Rungwa, giving the park a huge boost in the concentration of wildlife. There are large numbers of Buffalos, Elephants, Kudus, Zebra, Giraffes, Lions, Impala's and Elands Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge or Jongomero Camp.
Day Two: Ruaha National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in the Park. On any given day, Ruaha National Park has the potential to show case a good number of bio-diversities in just one-third of the park size. From our experience within the Msembe and Jongomeru area you might see the Silver Back Jackal, Elephants that walked into the camp, Hippos that foraged around the camp at night, African hunting dogs that trotted past our vehicle, a pride of 18 lions that were hunting, and the superb Lesser and Greater Kudus seen at every southern section of the park. The vegetation of park also boasts Palm, Fig, Tamarind and Baobab trees that are not commonly seen in other parks. There are over 1600 plant species and over 370 bird species confirmed in the Park. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge or Jongomero Camp.
Day Three: Ruaha National Park - Dar-es-Salaam
After breakfast, depart for a game drive en-route to the airstrip for your flight departing Ruaha National Park at 1145 Hours. Fly back to Dar es Salaam. Drop off at a hotel in Dar es Salaam or board a flight to your next destination.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom 4x4 land rover with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is the second largest national park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 22,000 km˛. It is located in the middle of Tanzania about 130 km from Iringa. The park is part of a more extensive ecosystem which includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas.The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its south-eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The park can be reached by car via Iringa and there is an airstrip at Msembe, park headquarters. The park was gazetted in the year 1951.
Ruaha is the second largest in Tanzania, it is one of the most remote, uncrowded parks in East Africa. Ruaha is famous for its large population of Elephants. Presently about 10.000 are roaming the park. Ruaha National Park is also a true birdwatchers paradise: 436 species have been identified of an estimated total of 475. Among the resident birds are different species of Hornbills, Kingfishers and Sunbirds.
Also many migrants visit Ruaha, e.g. the White Stork Other special animals in Ruaha are: the African Wild Dog and Sable Antelope. Rhinoceros were last been sighted in 1982 and are probably extinct in the park due to poaching. The best times to visit for predators and large mammals is the dry season (May-December) and for birds and flowers, the wet season (January-April).
Most of the game viewing roads are in the relatively small area of the Park around the HQ. This area is diverse, encompassing the Great Ruaha River, which offers the most reliable game-spotting, especially during the dry months, when the waters almost disappear. The river is home to numerous hippo, crocodile and a multitude of waterfowl.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.