Ruaha National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

The Serengeti of the South

See a diversity of animal species among rainforest, woodland and savannah – or go on a walking safari

Ruaha is the Serengeti of the south and the best-kept secret in Tanzania. This is where Miombo woodland meets the East Africa rainforest and savannah, providing a diverse habitat and ecosystem to support a diversity of animal species. You'll find both the southern greater kudu and the northern lesser kudu here, and Ruaha has the southernmost distribution of Grant’s gazelle. Other animals you can see – either from a safari vehicle or on a walking safari – include roan and sable antelope, wild dog, buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant.

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Before its proclamation as Ruaha National Park in 1964, it was known by various names in its 100-year history, including the Saba game reserve and  Rungwa game reserve. In 2008 Usangu Game Reserve and other important wetlands in the Usangu basin were incorporated into Ruaha, making it the largest park in East Africa with an area of 20 226 square kilometres. Some 570 bird species have been recorded in the park, with the Usanga Basin being an important area for wetland birds. Ruaha has the potential if serviced by an airport in Iringa, to become one of Tanzania’s most sought-after safari destinations. It can be combined with safaris to the north or south and to the islands of Mafia and Zanzibar.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Ruaha National Park

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…


from South Africa

Two male lions tried to take on an older female lion. The alpha male recently died and they were trying to take over his pride. The female lion was having none of it and while the males tried to tag team her; she swatted her massive paw at…

Kay Oczkowski

from United States of America

Waking up at 5:00 am to a bumpy ride all the way to a hidden hyena den, was something I’ll never forget. But the absolute best part was when the 1 month old cub peeked his head out to say hello. It was heartbreakingly cute.

Alana Krutoyarsky

from United States of America

I wish to say thanks to Megan for all your assistance in ensuring that me and my wife enjoy a wonderful holiday, a nice stay at the hotel with just minor issues, and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi park tour. We just wish to pass our gratitude for all…

Mokatse Itumeleng

from South Africa

It was great to work with Discover Africa and thanks so much for your help.

Lisa and Niall Shapiro

from Australia

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