How to get to Ruaha

How to get to Ruaha National Park

Taking a Safari to Ruaha normally commences in the capital Dar es Salaam as the point of entry in the country is Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. Usually you will be picked from the airport up by your tour operator who will also take care of all your additional transportation including the domestic flights as per your arrangements.

The drive from Dar es Salaam to Ruaha is a lengthy one and takes approximately 10 hours with most of it along a dusty bumpy road. However the easiest way to arrive in Ruaha national Park is using charter or scheduled flight that will land at the airstrip in the park. Flights depart from Dar es Salaam except if you are going to the park as part of the southern circuit safari. If so, then the flights will depart from the selous airstrip. Also in Arusha town which is the hub for the northern safari circuit you will get chartered flights.

Usually these charter flights are reserved by your safari / tour operator all as part of your safari package. You may make reservations for your Domestic flights with any of the domestic carrier such as: Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air, ZanAir, Safari Air Link, or Coastal Aviation

Information about the Passport, visa plus other requirements at the point of entry can be acquired directly through your tour operator

Because Ruaha is somewhat far from the capital Dar es Salaam, it is for these reasons that there are just a handful of visitors who come into this park, although do not forget that the park is reasonably accessible. Each day, the park is served by flights with the Coastal Aviation plus Safari Airlink coming from the capital city Dar es Salaam. These normally charge approximately US$380 per individual. On landing at the local airstrip within Ruaha there you will be picked and driven to the lodge where you will be staying by one of their staff members.

At the time of writing this article, the Park entrance fee is US$30 per individual each day. We normally include the current park entrance fees in the costing of your trip here. (in addition, there is a small concession charge that is included in the every night rate offered by all lodges).

Ruaha is without a doubt somehow wilder that its neighboring Selous wildlife reserve, and also offers better views of wildlife, although it does not offer boat safaris.  A great positive to Ruaha is that it has just a handful of lodges yet it is the largest national park in the whole of Tanzania. In general it is overwhelmingly a wonderful place to have your safari although Katavi is up to now considered to be the best well kept wildlife habitat in the entire Tanzania but Ruaha is a more affordable competitor and a remarkable addition to which ever safari you are taking in Tanzania.

We certainly love this national park since the game viewing is among the finest you will enjoy in the entire country with minimal crowds of tourists while offering excellent value.
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