Best Time to Visit – Ruaha NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

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The middle and end of the Dry season (June to October) is the prime time for watching wildlife in Ruaha National Park. Animals are easier to spot because the bush thins out and wildlife concentrates around trusted water sources.

Best Time June to October
High Season June to October (Ruaha rarely experiences visitors crowds at any time)
Low Season April and May (Many lodges close)
Best Weather June to October (Rains are extremely uncommon)
Worst Weather November to March (Wet season)

May to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife viewing is easier since the bush thins out and animals gather around rivers and waterholes
  • Skies are bright with almost no rain
  • Malaria risk is at a minimum since the numbers of mosquitoes are less
  • The heat is less overpowering, and it is not as humid
  • Dust and dryness is common
  • Many accommodations are closed in May

November to April Wet Season

  • The scenery is green and full
  • Tourism is less during April and May which means fewer crowds and better rates
  • The arrival of migrating birds means bird-watching is at its finest
  • Roads could become impassable
  • Wildlife viewing is not as good as during the middle and end of the Dry season
  • Heat is high, and it becomes steamy and damp
  • Many accommodations are closed in April

Wildlife Photos

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