Ruaha is Tanzania’s 2nd largest National Park but second to none in species diversity due to its unique location. Apart from the diverse mammal species it is a birder’s paradise; 436 species have been identified of an estimated total of 475. Among the resident birds are different species of Hornbills, Kingfishers and Sunbirds, but many migrants also visit Ruaha.
The great Ruaha River is the only perennial river in Ruaha National Park and vital to the park in the long dry-season. Here you can game-drive along the river and be on the lookout for species such as Black Rhino, Elephant, Warthog, and Vervet Monkeys. Other special animals to be seen here are the African Wild Dogs and Sable Antelope. The best time to visit for predators and large mammals is the dry-season (May-December) and for birders the wet-season (January-April.)