Ruaha National Park
The Ruaha National Park is the second largest national park in Tanzania and, along with the Kisigio and Rungwa River Game Reserves, covers a protected area of about 25,600 square kilometers. However, the park is very inaccessible - visitors can reach the park with safaris or by aeroplane. As a result, the park remains untouched, unspoilt and wild. The terrain of the park includes flat grasslands, rolling woodlands and hills. The Ruaha river flows through the eastern part of the park surrounded by tall trees like the majestic baobab. Visitors can stay at the luxurious Ruaha River Lodge or can camp in the park.
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A birdwatcher's paradise, the park plays host to about 350 species of birds. Many birds stop over at the park on their migration routes. Birds include the kingfisher, plover, hornbill, green wood hoopoe, bee-eater, sunbird and eagret. Animals like the crocodile, hippo and clawless otter can be found in the water and on the banks of the Ruaha river. Other animals include the reedbuck, waterbuck and buffalo, with their predators - the lion, leopard, jackal, spotted hyena, and the distinctive African hunting dog. In the grasslands live animals like the kudu, large herds of elephant, eland, impala, Grant's gazelle, dik dik, zebra, warthog, mongoose, wild cat, porcupine and shy civet. The best time to visit is during July and November, when the animals crowd around shrinking water holes and are thus easier to observe. Visitors should travel in 4X4 vehicles to observe wildlife. Alternatively, they can arrange walking safaris to view game.