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Reviewed 31 August 2016

Ruaha has been my favorite park since the 80's. Its diverse, there's never a dull moment, there's plenty of animals and most importantly you've basically got it all to yourself. You see a lion in Serengeti and you experience it together with 40 other safari cars full of people. In Ruaha it just you, noone else around. It makes the whole experience larger and more "real". On your next safari, try Ruaha !!!

Date of experience: October 2015
2  Thank Sven Erik M
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

In terms of getting the real African bush experience without having to line up with a dozen or so other safari vehicles, Ruaha is really the place to be. Wildlife numbers, and thus sightings, are less spectacular than (to name a few..) Serengeti or Ngorongoro, but then park fees are also lower. That said, after our 5 day visit to Ruaha (during a self-drive trip with Rav4) we are not totally convinced that the entrance/camping fees at Ruaha are a fair reflection of what you get in terms of accommodation, services and safari experience, although facilities were surely much better than in Selous (see my review on Selous). Just make sure you are completely self-sufficient, with enough water for drinking and cooking, and especially sufficient fuel for the time you are planning to stay.

Our first night in the park (beginning of July) started with a slightly frustrating detour as we tried to navigate our way to the old Bandas near the Msembe Headquarters using the Road Map of the park, which we had bought for 10 USD at the gate but appeared to be incorrect as far as the locations of the public camp sites and bandas were concerned (they are all shown East of the Great Ruaha River while they are really situated on the western side..). The bandas were OK for 1 night, although we were woken up several times at night by the cheering/laughing staff having a drink in the canteen.
For the remaining 4 nights we put up our tent at the Tembo Public camp site (the only public camp site with running water and a toilet), on the banks of the Ruaha River, a truly unique spot with hippos, elephants and lions crossing the camp site at night. We spent our days self-driving through the park and saw lions (more than 1 sighting per day), plenty of elephants, lots of the usual game (buffalo, giraffe, kudu, zebra, warthog, dikdik, impala, etc, etc.), and various bird species, but what made these sightings especially unique was the lovely setting: rolling terrain scattered with huge Baob trees and shady riverine forests along the mighty Ruaha River make for a picture perfect background.. We especially liked the sense of freedom we got by just driving wherever and whenever we felt would enhance our safari experience (thereby of course respecting the park opening times and other park rules), without being forced to take a local guide with you. The roads are well enough maintained to drive comfortably with a Rav4, but be sure to have Tracks4Africa installed on your navigation system.

Date of experience: July 2016
6  Thank Wuit B
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

An amazing two day experience in the park. Animals in their natural habitats, unbelievably close. Great safari from Warthogs Adventures.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Pollydo
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful Safari and once they get entrance technology sorted that will make it even better. Stunning landscapes and plenty of animals. Absolutely loved it as good as Kruger but with far less tourists

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank switchj
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

It was a fantastic tour... Saw all wild animals specially the Lions which killed a giraffe..my 2 year old boy was excited to see all the animals 😊..Pls plan for 2 days as it is a big national park.. Carry small snacks even if your hotel provides with lunch box... Awesome experience

Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank Abdul R
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