Wildlife & Animals – 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.

Remote Ruaha is an unspoiled wilderness famed for its large number of elephant. In fact, aside from rhino, all major safari animals are present in good numbers. Large prides of lion, sometimes counting more than 20 individuals, roam the park and even buffalo, an unusual prey, isn’t safe here.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
LeopardOccasional
CheetahOccasional
HyenaRare
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

One of the park’s key attractions are the wild dogs. There are only a handful of places where these charismatic pack animals are easily observed, and this is one of the best. Ruaha is also home to the largest population of greater kudu in East Africa. Other rare antelope species that can be seen here include lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The middle and end of the Dry season (from June to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around predictable water sources. The male greater kudu is most visible in June, the breeding season. The best time to see wild dog is during their denning season, from June to August.

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