is one of the finest game reserves in Africa, one whose reputation is founded upon its enormous size, lack of human encroachment, broad range of landscapes and habitats, rich and diverse range of wildlife, the quality of its camps and superb quality of guiding. A very special place indeed.
Apart from a few isolated springs, the main water source is the Ruaha
river itself, which acts as a major lure for game from an enormous dry hinterland Jun/Nov, when gameviewing highlights include elephant, lion, leopard and hunting dog.
During the converse green season Dec/Mar Ruaha
is an absolutely beautiful and verdant place, where gameviewing may be more difficult but where the overall experience should be no less intense.Ruaha
is best visited for five or more nights in a combination of two or even three camps. First stop should be one of Kwihala Camp
, Mwagusi Camp
or Kigelia Camp
, which are ideally located for the prime game areas of the eastern sector. The central sector can be covered from the simpler and reasonably priced Mdonya River Camp
or the mid-range Ruaha River Lodge
, whilst the remote western side is accessed from the upmarket Jongomero Camp