Nestled in the southern region of Tanzania, Ruaha National Park is situated in western area of Iringa standing as the largest protected space in both Tanzania and East Africa.The park’s name originates from the Great Ruaha River, which flows through its southeastern region and serves as a magnet for a diverse array of wildlife.
Ruaha is an integral component of the broader Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi ecosystem, spanning across 45,000 square kilometers. This ecosystem encompasses the Rungwa Game Reserve, the Kizigo and Muhesi Game Reserves, and the Mbomipa Wildlife Management Area.
The Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi ecosystem beautifully amalgamates elements of Southern and East African natural landscapes.
In 1910, during the era of German colonial rule, the Saba Game Reserve was established, and later in 1946, it was renamed the Rungwa Game Reserve under British colonial administration. In 1964, the southern segment of this reserve attained the esteemed status of a national park.
Ruaha National Park presents a captivating and diverse terrain, featuring expansive savannahs, a meandering river that lures a multitude of wildlife, and mountainous terrain in the southern and western sections. This park also serves as a sanctuary for rare species, including wild dogs, cheetahs, and leopards.