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Ruaha National Park

It is Tanzania's second largest National Park and covers an area of 12950 sq. kms. The game viewing starts the moment the plane touches down. A giraffe races beside the airstrip, all legs and neck, yet oddly elegant in its awkwardness. A line of zebras parades across the runway in the giraffe's wake. The park is located Central Tanzania, 128km west of Iringa. Ruaha National Park is extremely interesting as it presents the transition zone where southern African and eastern African Species of flora and fauna overlap, therefore, it has unique variety of animals, birds and vegetation. Ruaha National Park has Miombo woodland, acacia grassland and baobab trees. However, the park is very rich in big games. It is well-recognizable for the large herds of Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo and Impala, and numerous Greater lesser Kudu as well as wild dogs, lions and leopards are also common. The Great Ruaha River, that border the park in the east, provides habitation for hippopotamus and crocodiles.

A similar duality is noted in the checklist of 450 birds: the likes of crested barbet, an attractive yellow-and-black bird whose persistent trilling is a characteristic sound of the southern bush, occur in Ruaha along. The best time to visit is during the dry season (June-April) when roads are passable and game viewing around the river courses and waterholes become excellent. However, year round game viewing is possible; there are well defined network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries.

How to get there
By air, the park can be reached using scheduled or charter flights from Dar es Salaam, Selous, Serengeti, Arusha, Iringa and Mbeya. By road, one can access the park through Iringa from Dar es Salaam via Mikumi or from Arusha via Dodoma.

1. Mwagusi Camp
2. Jongomero Camp
3. Ruaha River Camp

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