Ruaha National Park
Signature safari Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 13,000 square kilometres.
- Size: It covers an area of about 13,000 square kilometres
- Getting There: By Air-There are both scheduled and chartered flights into the park mainly from Arusha, Dodoma, Kigoma and Dar-es-salaam. Park’s airstrips are located at Msembe and Jongomero
By road-It is about 130km drive from Iringa town and 625km from Dar-es-salaam city.
The road into the park is passable throughout the year.
Ruaha National Park has a bimodal pattern of rain forest; the short rainfall season begins November to February, while the long season is between March and April. The park experiences its dry season between June and October.
This park is a birding paradise with more than 571 different species of birds inhabiting its territory, some of which are migratory coming from outside of within Africa.
It is also believed that Ruaha has the largest concentration of elephants in entire eastern Africa. Furthermore, it is home to other mammals like Kudu, Sable, Roan antelopes which can often be spotted in the Miombo woodland. Endangered African wild dogs also call this park home. The presence of ions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, elands, impalas, bat eared foxes, jackals signifies the diversity of Ruaha National Park.
ABesides the large animal species, the park also harbours significant number of both reptiles and amphibians which includes crocodiles, monitor lizards, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, agama lizards, and variety of frogs. This park has semi-arid vegetation and rich in baobab and acacia trees. There are over 1,650 plant species that have been identified.