Lies in the central part of Tanzania just west of Iringa town is also the second largest elephant sanctuary in the country, next to Selous Game Reserve. The area also contains a wide variety of animals that includes the Ruaha special – Greater and Lesser Kudu, Roan and Sable antelopes. Other game animal found here are large herds of buffaloes and elephants. The exciting Great Ruaha River harbours/contains a large number of hippos and crocodiles. During the dry season, the river attracts great numbers of wildlife species; giraffes, warthogs, elands, zebras, wildebeests, impala, water-bucks, roan, antelopes and elands. In the plains, ostriches, cheetahs and grants gazelles can be seen.
Accommodation: Riverside lodge; tented camps; bandas & campsite.
Activities: Day walks or hiking safaris through untouched bush.
Best Time: Mid May-December for predators and large mammals while January-April for lush scenary and wildflowers. The male greater kudu is most visible in June.