In terms of its size, remotness, wilderness quality, austere baobab trees, large concetrations of rare species and few visitors, Ruaha is unrivalled. A most memorable sighting at Ruaha is of a mature, spiral-horned male greater Kudu. Greater Kudu males are solitary or found in bachelor herds exept during mating. In contrast, females may be seen throughout the year, usually in dense bush country in groups of 6 to 10 including their offspring. Elephants are in abudance and Ruaha has been nicknamed “Giraffic Park” because of its 8,000 Maasai giraffe.
Lying in the rain shadow of the Udzungwa Mountains, the park is bisected by the great Ruaha river. It is the moust southern extension of the Maasai steppes and is among the most arid of Tanzania’s 14 national parks. Ruaha is a transition zone where much of the flora and fauna that distinguishes east and southern Africa meets and overlaps. Flora / Fauna miombo woodland, savanna Habitat elephant; hornbill, kingfisher, sunbird, white stork; African Wild Dog, Sable Antelope, Greater Kudu; Crested Barbet, Yellow-collared Lovebird more than 400 bird species, high diversity of antelope.