The contiguous Rungwa, Kizigo and Muhesi game reserve are the main source of the Ruaha River and the most important place for the Ruaha elephants during the dry seasons over 8,000 searching for water and grassland. The combinations of the above constitute the greater Ruaha Ecosystem with an area of approximately 25,000 square kilometers.
Southern highlands of Tanzania lay Ruaha National Park that covers an area of about 12,950 square kilometers and makes the second largest park. The origin of its name is from the river that crosses to the park having largest water catchments.
The vegetation of Ruaha is covered by tall trees such as baobab, tamarind, acacia albida, wild pigs, grasslands and Miombo woodland to the eastern side of the river.
Ruaha River is a home to hippos, crocodiles and numerous water birds includes spotted eagle owl, African cuckoo, bee-eater, doves' shrikes and ostriches among others.
Ruaha accommodates other numerous wild animals include roan and sable antelopes, African buffaloes, lions, greater and lesser Kudus, gazelles, wild dogs, cheetahs, wildebeests, hartebeest, impalas and zebras.
What to do
Day walks or hiking safaris through untouched bush.
Stone Age ruins at Isimila, near Iringa, 120 km (75 miles) away, one of Africa's most important historical sites.
For predators and large mammals, dry season (mid-May-December);
bird-watching, lush scenery and wildflowers, wet season (January-April).
7 Days / 6 Nights Dar Es Salaam / Mikumi National Park / Ruaha National Park
There is a rich variety bird species as well as large numbers of giraffe, buffalo and elephants and close to the water holes also lions, leopards and hippos. Furthermore you can see zebras, lions, wild dogs, pythons, hartebeest, wildebeest, elephants, impala, warthog, eland and other antelopes. Several observation towers enable you to overview the park in its entirety. Mikumi National Park is mostly miombo woodland with gently rolling hills. Activities are game drives and a walking safari whereby you will be having two overnight after the above activities at Genesis Motel in Mikumi.