Ruaha is Tanzania’s second largest national park and protects a huge tract of bush in the centre of the country. The Ruaha River flows through the south east of the park and offers it best game viewing opportunities. The park supports a huge population of more than 10,000 elephants plus over 400 species of birds.
Ruaha National Park can be visited at any time of year. However, the best time for game viewing is during the dry season from June until December when wildlife converges on the dwindling water reserves of the park and concentrates along the great Ruaha River, the only permanent water source in the park.
During the ’rains’ from December until April, the trees erupt into leaf and the Ruaha River swells into a bursting torrent. Although the game viewing becomes more difficult due to lush vegetation, there is no major migration of game away from the park as happens in the north of Tanzania, so the game is still greatly in evidence. This season is the best time for bird watching as the population grows with both the northern and southern migratory species visiting Ruaha.
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