Together with neighbouring conservation areas, Ruaha National Park form a core of wild and extended ecosystem covering about 40,000 sq km and providing home to Tanzania’s largest elephant population. In addition to the elephants, the park has large herds of buffaloes, grant gazelles, wild dogs, ostriches, cheetahs, antelopes and more than 400 different types of birds. Ruaha is notable for its wild and striking topography, especially around the great Ruaha River, which is its heart. The best place to0 experience the park is along the river, especially the circuit that runs northeast, following the riverbanks, before turning inwards towards the area around Mwagushi safari Camp. Birding here is especially fine and sightings of hippos, crocodiles and elephants are almost guaranteed.
Do not miss the sunrise and sunset, when the large rocks dotting the rivers channel are illuminated and the bordering vegetation and flatlands come alive.