"RUAHA: Land of Baobabs, Elephants & Lions!" Ruaha National Park by safardreams

Ruaha National Park Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 51 photos

Close and Personal in Ruaha!

Along with TSAVO in KENYA. RUAHA, for many years was of great interest for me. Because of a WILDLIFE show I had seen. It mainly followed the LIONS there in RUAHA. The place looked SO WILD and FREE. Located in Southern Tanzania. It is remote and a little hard to get to. You need some time. You just can't go visit there and not visit another park in the South. The PARK is HUGE! The WEST side of the park has no road net-work yet. Maybe soon.
This was the main place for my SEPT trip. I came here to see LIONS! I did see LIONS! Hope to have the WILDLIFE come up close from the RIVER. Where are BANDAS were located. The WILDLIFE did come up close.
My tour op ECO-RESORTS set me up at FOXES RUAHA RIVER CAMP.
Great choice! She knows the FOXES, they took care of me. The BANDAS & DINING area are right on the RUAHA RIVER. We had a show every day for the 8 days I was there.
Add the game drives. It is hard to BEAT! Even though I fell a bit ill and was in bed most of a day and a half. IT DID NOT MATTER! This turned out AWESOME. Do not walk back to your BANDA alone after dark. HIPPOS come up grazing. We had one ELEPHANT walking up from one end of the BANDAS to the other end. The pic here in the collage top left. Thats HIM! The ELE is at the BANDA next to mine! Also have some video.
We heard LIONS almost every morn!
RUAHA also known for it's
BAOBAB TREES! At times there are forests of them. Some with huge holes from the ELEPHANTS. Still standing, how? Tough Trees!
Here at FOXES RIVER CAMP. You can set up GAME WALKS. You hire a PARK RANGER for a half day or full day. I did both! I will tell you. I am the only visitor who has ever done the full day walk! With an armed RANGER & CAMP GUIDE. 15 miles ZIG-ZAGGING in 100 plus degree heat! GREAT STUFF!
Try to get there if you can!
OH, I almost forgot to mention. My last morn here. I was being taken to the air-strip. Well, LIONS had just killed a ZEBRA across the RUAHA RIVER. Almost in front of MY BANDA! We found out by radio. Did we have time to go back? Let you know later!!!!!

BBQ In Ruaha National Park!

We all know LIONS love to EAT & SLEEP! RUAHA has MANY LIONS. Big PRIDES , with plenty of food walking around. As you can see here. These ladies are baby sitting a BUFFALO! Whats left of it any way. They had killed it the day before. I am not one who likes to leave a scene quickly. As long as things look ok. I will stay. My driver , guide and my self stayed for at least 30mins! Noticed DEEP DRAG marks almost 100ft long. The LIONS pulled it out of the sun. AWESOME POWER!! The rest of the PRIDE was taking it easy in the dry river bed close by. The MALE LION in the collage. Thats what was near by. There were VULTURES flying over head, JACKAL. Even a MALE IMPALA was hiding behind a bush watching the LIONS.
We stayed for awhile, talked , had a TUSKER BEER! Took video.
This body looked like a HORROR movie! Smelled like it too.
I did not know it yet. But there are more LIONS to come!

"Who Needs To Go On A Game Drive?!"

This is across our RUAHA RIVER. Where we stayed. We had, WATER BUCKS, ZEBRA, GIRAFFES, IMPALA, BABOONS, HIPPOS, BIRDS, TURTLES, LIONS. Of course ELEPHANTS! Many ELES here. Not much in the way of BIG-TUSKERS. They were POACHED out back in the 80's. Along with many other places. They are making a come back now. But still, no BIG TUSKERS. We had many MOCK & REAL charges! We had many BABY ELES doing this too! ELES close up at the BANDAS. We even drove into a BULL ELEPHANT that was resting against a tree! All I can say is. I am glad I had my video cam on at the time.
VERY-COOL!
On that full day walk. We were forced to walk around a herd of ELEPHANTS!
Still not enough for me. The closer the ELES are. The better for me.
The afternoon before I left the next day. We had MANY ELEPHANTS around! That was the day I walked up behind a big rock & thorn bushes on our side of the river. To within 10ft of a BULL ELEPHANT! I had the wind, and he had no idea I was even there. I guess it's not so hard to be a POACHER or HUNTER!
This is same ELE that walked towards my BANDA a little later!
Just show respect and be aware. Be quiet! Don't do anything stupid.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Many Lions , Elephant & Beautiful Landscape!
  • Cons:At First Thought, NONE!
  • In a nutshell:Go See This Unspoiled Place!
  • Last visit to Ruaha National Park: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Nov 14, 2004
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Comments (11)

  • oases's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2006 at 2:12 AM

    Amazing page Dave, and yes African ladies are the best, I hope you meet your baby soon xxx Ayo

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2005 at 9:49 AM

    This looks like a good locale, D. "Just show respect and be aware. Be quiet! Don't do anything stupid." Okay, that's good advice you give.......But, define "stupid?" ;-)))

  • luddinra's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 9:31 PM

    Never saw these before David...I'm telling you, send them to National Geo. with a story & you are IN. Let me know if U need help writing it! That's my specialty.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2005 at 1:42 PM

    Wonderful pictures of wildlife and nature, as usual !!!

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2005 at 5:14 PM

    You have the most amazing pictures on VT and these are no exception. Seriously! Great and thanks for emailing the link. Cheers!

  • Krumel's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 7:42 AM

    As always, it’s a pleasure to read your pages. Takes me right back to the African bush and reminds me of my own good times there.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2004 at 2:15 AM

    Wow! Another fantastic trip and many beautiful photos! I have never been to that part of Tanzania but it really looks like a must for one day in the future!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2004 at 2:21 AM

    Fantastic pictures of nature which I hope will be preserved forever...

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2004 at 12:13 PM

    Amazing pics David. Africa is in your heart :-)

  • Lady_Mystique's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2004 at 11:45 AM

    What a spectacular place!!! Thanks for sharing David!! Do I see a book or calendar in the future?? :o)

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