Ruaha national park is well known for its varied dramatic scenery, which includes rolling hills; large open plains; groves of skeletal baobabs and along its southern border, the Great Ruaha River, from which the park gets its name.
Ruaha’s relative inaccessibility means it gets far fewer tourists than the Selous and less than any comparable park in the Northern circuit. This vast wilderness in the southwest of the country covers 20 226km², yet it is visited by only a handful of intrepid tourists each year.
Ruaha has a completely different landscape to the Selous: red scorched earth, baobabs and snaking sand rivers. The game viewing here is excellent and follows the same seasonal pattern as the Selous, such that they combine well in an itinerary.