Tanzania Ruaha National Park

Ruaha  National  Park  takes  its  name  from  the  Ruaha  River,  which  flows  along  its  south eastern  border.  The  river  provides  permanent  water  in  the  park,  and  during the dry season animal concentration along its banks is spectacular. Ruaha National Park is about two to three hours’ drive from Iringa, a famous town on the Dar es Salaam to Zambia highway. Covering an area of 20,226 square kilometres, Ruaha is the largest National Park in Tanzania. Its borders were extended in 2008 to  include  Usangu  Game  Reserve  to  protect  the  Ihefu  wetlands  and  the  Great  Ruaha River catchment areas and biodiversity. This unspoilt wilderness is rich in flora and fauna, and contains a wide variety of animals that includes Greater and Lesser Kudu, roan and sable antelopes, which are rarely seen in most other game parks especially in Northern Tanzania. Ruaha National Park is famous for its herds of elephant and buffaloes. The Ruaha River, which plays an important role in the ecosystem of the park, provides sanctuary to a large number of hippos and crocodiles. During the dry season the river attracts great  quantities  of  game  including  lions,  leopard,  hunting  or  wild  dog,  impala,  waterbuck,  warthog,  giraffe,  and  elands.  In the plains ostriches, cheetahs and Grants Gazelles can be seen. The park is rich in bird life throughout the year, with over 550 bird species recorded.  The best time for game viewing is during the dry season, from May to December. During the wet months from January to April some tracks may impassable, but the park is a display of lush scenery with more than 1600 species of trees, wildflowers, and is excellent for bird-watching.

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