Ruaha National Park is part of Tanzania’s Southwest Circuit (along with Selous, Katavi, and Mahale) and at 10,300 square kilometers, it’s Tanzania’s second largest national park. Its dramatic scenery includes rolling hills, large open plains, groves of skeletal baobabs, and the Great Ruaha River along its southern border. There are only a small handful of properties in Ruaha and accessibility isn’t great, therefore it receives relatively few visitors despite its beautiful landscape and good Big 5 game-viewing.

Ruaha and the Southwest circuit have much to offer, although it’s not typically part of the normal circuit for first-time safari-goers. It would be a very expensive addition to a Serengeti-centered circuit and works much better as part of its own circuit which is thoroughly worthwhile for repeat safari-goers. Our favorite property in Ruaha is Mwagusi Safari Camp.

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