Ruaha Expedition

6 Days

    Overview

    Ruaha National Park is extremely interesting as it presents the transition zone where southern African and eastern African Species of flora and fauna overlap, therefore, it has unique variety of animals, birds and vegetation.

    The park is one of the most remote and beautiful areas in Tanzania. Currently visitor numbers are low and your jeep will probably be the only car in the landscape.

    Ruaha is one of the most incredible park in the South of Tanzania, well known for this particular scenery, and walking safaris. This trip is your opportunity to interact with the Douglas Bell Eco Research Station, hub for all research and conservation efforts taking place in the Usangu Wetland.

    You will be able to engage with researchers and develop a deeper understanding of the important work being performed in the region. From the placing of camera traps and the identification of predators against the research database to tracking lions with telemetry and contributing to global research. There is also time for the usual game viewing, as well as boat trips and walks in the area.

    Then get pampered with 2 nights at the luxurious Jabali Ridge, set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mwagusi River and Ikuka escarpment

      Itinerary

      Arrive at Dar airport, transit to the domestic terminal to fly to Ruaha. Depending on your time of arrival, you might need a pre-night in Dar es Salaam, contact us for options.

      Arrive at Jongomero airstrip and meet with your guide, transfer to camp and meet with the team to plan your days. There are so many activities and the opportunity to join one of the research projects. They will guide you as per your preferences and the project in place at the time.

      Early mornings are typically best for game drives and walking safaris while the temperatures are slightly cooler, and wildlife is more active. Mid-afternoons are the perfect time to relax under the trees with a book or, or the more active, visit the Douglas Bell Eco Research Station for a first-hand explanation about the conservation work and research being conducted in the wetlands.

      Afternoons offer the opportunity for boating safaris or spending time in the field with a researcher. Participate in research activities such as the positioning of camera traps, image analysis for predator identification and tracking collared lions using telemetry.

      Includes & Excludes

      >Meals: None

      >Drinks: None

      >Transport & transfers: Included

      After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip where you are met by Jabali's guide and road transfer through the Park via a meandering game drive. Arrive on time for lunch and relax by the pool before the afternoon game drive. Jabali Ridge is perched on a rocky kopje with views across the Ruaha savannah stretching all the way to the Mwagusi River.

      The greater Ruaha area is thought to be home to one-tenth of the entire world’s wild lion population, with large prides roaming the plains. Cheetah, leopard and packs of wild dog are seen hunting here too. You can also spot greater and lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope, elephants, giraffes, bat-eared foxes and some of the 570 bird species.

      A typical day starts off with an early wake-up call and tea or coffee. Head off on your first game drive of the day after breakfast, or have it packed to take with you as a picnic. Arrive back at camp in time to freshen up before sitting down to lunch. Mid-afternoon is time for a rest. Read a book, take a dip in the pool. Afterward, enjoy afternoon tea and then an evening game drive or walk with sundowners. End the day with a drink at the bar and a leisurely dinner under the stars.

      Includes & Excludes

      >Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

      >Drinks: Local brands included

      >Activities: Included

      >Transport: Included

      Last morning in the bush, breakfast and transfer to the airstrip. The flight to Dar is included, time at leisure at the airport until your flight out, or contact us to extend your safari with a few days at the beach, or a gorilla trekking.

      What is the best time of year to visit Ruaha National Park?

      Best time to visit Ruaha National Park is a typical dry season park, with the best time to see larger mammals and predators being between mid-May and December. As water becomes scarce toward the end of the dry season, the game gathers around available water sources, offering unbeatable game viewing opportunities.

        What are the unique in Ruaha National Park?

        The convergence of vegetation zone in this huge Park has resulted in unusual combination of animals ,Particularly Greater and Lesser Kudu, together with sable and roan antelopes in the Park a feature that is not found in other National Park in the country.

          What is the problem facing Ruaha National Park?

          The research found out that majority of respondents faced challenges from park related tourism activities such as environmental problems, traditional and cultural destruction, loss caused by wild animals through livestock and crops and habitats damages, and poor leakages within local economy

            Are there elephants in Ruaha?

            Around 16,000 elephants live in the Ruaha area in southern Tanzania, which STEP monitors. This is the largest elephant population in East Africa! The region is home to 35% of East African elephants and 7% of African elephants.

              How many elephants are in Ruaha national park?

              around 16,000 elephants
              With around 16,000 elephants, the Ruaha area is the largest elephant population in East Africa today! On the eastern edge of the Ruaha National Park in the southwest of Tanzania, STEP is coordinating protection of an important elephant area within a diverse 777 sq km nature area.

                How do I get to Ruaha national park?

                 

                Ruaha national park is served by 2 airstrips that are Msembe airstrip and Jongomero airstrip, flights to Ruaha national park are offered by many domestic carriers such as Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air, ZanAir, Safari Air Link and Coastal Aviation.

                  What is the least visited national park in Tanzania?

                  the Ruaha National Park
                  As one of the most remote tourist destinations in Tanzania, the Ruaha National Park is one of the least visited national parks. This, combined with its massive size, results in safaris that feel super-exclusive and all the more special with low numbers of game vehicle traffic.

                    Are there rhinos in Ruaha?

                    In Ruaha the only missing member of the Big Five (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino) is rhino – there have not been any in the park for years. There is no doubt that Ruaha is one of Africa’s finest destinations for big cats.

                      Are there leopards in Ruaha National Park?

                      Animals in the areaMany other impalas, waterbucks, lions, leopards, the Greater Kudu Antelope and wild dogs live in Ruaha National Park.

                        Where is Ruaha located?

                         

                        Southern Tanzania
                        Where is Ruaha National Park located? Located in central to southern Tanzania, Ruaha National Park is around 130km west of Iringa. Covering an area of 20,226km², Ruaha National Park is the largest protected area in Tanzania and East Africa.

                          Ruaha Expedition Includes

                          • Accommodation as per category stipulated in the itinerary.
                          • Transportation 4 x 4 safari land cruiser with a pop-up roof for game viewing & photography.
                          • Services of an English speaking driver-guide.
                          • All game viewing drives.
                          • All parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
                          • All Government taxes and levies.
                          • Complimentary 2 liters mineral water per person per game drive in the safari vehicle.
                          • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.

                           

                          Ruaha Expedition Excludes

                          • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc. Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s).
                          • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
                          • International flight
                          • Laundry services.
                          • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
                          • Visa fees

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                            Ruaha Expedition
                            From $6000
                            / Adult

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