BEST TIME TO VISIT RUAHA FOR A SOUTHERN TANZANIA SAFARI
The dry season is also the most popular time to safari in the wilds of Tanzania with AfricanMecca, when sun shines all day and rain is rare. The weather is cooler and less humid than in the rains, and mosquitoes are less in evidence.
Although this is peak season, you will rarely see another jeep as the few available camps and lodges are widely spaced, and Ruaha is still largely undiscovered, a secret gem to be jealously guarded by the few who know and appreciate the joys of isolation in an unspoiled paradise. An outback expedition in Ruaha may be dusty and dry in this season, but a cooling drink and a bush shower or a dip in a swimming pool back at camp is all the more welcome.
By November, temperatures build and evening lightning flashes pastel-colored caverns in gathering cloud. You can savor the excitement of standing in the open as rain sweeps towards you across the savannah, soaking you in grateful coolness so that you share the almost hysterical relief of the staff who live here, and the burgeoning life force renewing itself in plants and animals.
The wet season runs from November to May when game is more widely dispersed, dry sand rivers become torrents and arid miombo woodland becomes jade green and lush. A carpet of spring flowers flares into rainbows, butterflies and birds dazzle the eye and the breeding season for most ungulates and predators afford wonderful shots of new life.
Even the elephant engage in courtship, the male gently head-butting his mate and curling an affectionate trunk across her shoulders. Many connoisseurs of bush travel in Africa consider this the best time, appreciating the textures and scents of new growth after months of aridity. But only a few avid bird watchers visit during the heavy rains in April and May when most Ruaha accommodations are closed.
Straddling the migration routes of avian populations from all four points of the compass, over 570 species have been recorded in Ruaha since it was expanded in 2008 to include the Usungu wetlands (view map). This is the least cost time to travel Tanzania, as well as the time when you will be most isolated in soul refreshing wilderness.
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WHERE TO STAY IN RUAHA
At Jongomero Camp, you will experience the ultimate in luxury living in an isolated setting in the southern wilderness. The less opulent Mwagusi offers a charming accommodation sited at a sand river.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN RUAHA
The finest way to make the most of your dream trip to Ruaha is combining game drives with authentic walking safaris. Few camps in Ruaha offer fly camping expeditions for the more adventurous.
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GUIDE ON RUAHA PARK
Ruaha in southern Tanzania is one of the most awe-inspiring and untouched African safari destinations. An incredible total of 64 mammal species inhabit the park, including varied predators and prey.
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Jambo Raza, It was a wonderful experience in Tanzania. Rogers, our guide was superb; knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. We were treated very well by all your ground team and everything ran smoothly. I enjoyed it all.
Alan Winner - Minnesota, United States
Ruaha was everything we had hoped it would be. We couldn't imagine a trip there without visiting Ngorongoro Crater and a combination of Ruaha and Selous. Our thanks to the AfricanMecca team and Raza for a most exceptional trip!
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Loretta and I had a great time on our honeymoon. Simiton, your safari guide in Tanzania was awesome! He was very professional, very accommodating and very knowledgeable. We are already talking about our next trip to Africa!
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First off, we had the most amazing time ever and wanted to thank you very much. Tanzania proved without a doubt to meet all of our expectations. Every detail was thought of on our trip by AfricanMecca and were are all flawless.
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I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR RUAHA IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Ruaha National Park, we recommend combining it with offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous) or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale.
You may optionally extend out to Northern Tanzania safari parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
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