Covering 13,000 sq. km. this relatively new and undisturbed park is Tanzania’s third largest park and also largest elephant sanctuary. It lies 130 km. West of Iringa Region. Its ecosystem is surpassed by those of the Selous and Serengeti. Its undulating miombo bush-covered hills, open River plains and tree sand rivers contain wide variety of game. Sable and roam antelope, greater and lesser kudu, lions, leopards, cheetah, bat-eared foxes, hyena and jackal are all found within the park. Groups of eland, buffalo heards, elephant hippo and crocodile are usually seen.
It’s name derives from the great Ruaha River which flows along its entire eastern border creating spectacular gorges and scenery. Hippo, Crocodile, turtle and fish inhabit the river.
The Park is also known for its concentration of lesser and greater Kudu, Roan and sable antelope. The bird life is also very interesting and varied over 370 species some of which are not found in the Northern circuit. The best months for game viewing are July and November.