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Ruaha National Park


Quiet solitude in the African bush
Ruaha is several hours drive North from Mbeya but well worth the trip. It covers over 13,000 square kilometers and is Tanzania's second largest park. The life-blood of the park is the Great Ruaha River which follows the eastern boundary of the park, whilst the seasonal Mwagusi River also provides excellent game viewing during the wetter months. The Park's elephant population is reckoned to be around 10,000 - the largest of any East African National Park. Ruaha also supports healthy populations of water buffalo, zebra, kudu, hippo and crocodile, plus around 450 species of birds. Predators including leopard, cheetah, lion and hyena are commonly spotted on the open savannah. Few parks in African can combine such rich game viewing opportunities with the sense of peace and solitude that can be experienced in Ruaha.

DaladalaAccommodation in Ruaha
There are a range of accommodation options in the park including a lodge, tented camps and less expensive campsites.

More info about Ruaha

Tanzanian National Parks official website

Getting to Mbeya

  • Mbeya can be reached by road: 12 hours approx by bus from Dar es Salaam and approx 90 minutes from the Malawi border. There is a daily bus service from Ubungo bus station in Dar es Salaam.
  • By train: twice weekly overnight service from Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia.
  • By charter plane, a new airport is expected to open at Songwe in 2011.

Latest News

Songea Town developing visitor attractions
Songea near the Malawi border has been declared a site of historical interest by the Tanzanian Tourism Ministry.

Airport at Songwe
Work has started on Songwe Airport which will should mean access to Mbeya region from Dar es Salaam in under two hours. We will provide more information as soon as this becomes available.

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