Located in central Tanzania, Ruaha National Park is the largest park in the country at 17,000 square miles and remains one of the most popular places to view wildlife like lions, giraffes, elephants and more. So where should you stay during your visit? We’ve got you covered on some of the top lodges and safari camps to accommodate your needs during your stay. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime, here’s where to stay in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania.
Tucked along the tranquil Great Ruaha River is a fabulous lodge where rustic meets luxury. At Jongomero, guests will discover the true meaning of “glamping” by staying in fully-furnished tents with lavish furnishing and hardwood floors. The tents surround a luxury pool overlooking the idyllic landscape and guests can dine outdoors under the stars. Because of the campsite’s convenient location by the water, it’s common to see animals paying a visit to drink from the river. Among the visitors that come to Jongomero include elephants, wild dogs, dik dik, and a variety of birds.
Mufindi Highlands Lodge
Imagine feeling like you’re living in total isolation in a gorgeous hilly terrain. You can get that experience at Mufindi Highlands Lodge since the lodge has more than 2,000 acres of land for its guests to explore. Guests can stay in one of the few log-style cabins with roaring stone fireplaces and colonial-style furniture, plus enjoy the main building with a restaurant serving farm-to-table fare. The restaurant rests on a hill with an 180 degree window view of the valley below, giving diners a spectacular view as they eat (you’ll want to make your reservation at sunset hours). Activities offered on the premises include kayaking, mountain biking, fishing for rainbow trout, horseback riding and lawn sports.
Ruaha River Lodge
Be in the heart of all the action by the Great Ruaha River, where big game animals like giraffes, crocodiles, lions and elephants frequent. The Ruaha River Lodge is an extravagant accommodation where it feels more like a hotel than a camping experience. Guests can stay in either one of the 24 stone chalets or in one of the rooms at the main lodge with easy access to the cozy lobby and lounge area outfitted with a fireplace, as well as a dining area. The dining area is on a spacious patio overlooking the river, so diners can marvel at the nearby animals during their meals. To take your experience up a notch, request a private bush breakfast where staff will set up a romantic dining table by the riverbank.
Mwagusi Safari Camp
Get your rustic camping experience at Mwagusi Safari Camp, where guests will stay in thatched roof chalets built with driftwood and other natural resources. To enhance the camping experience, guests eat together in one of the two main dining areas to have their bush dinners. Every meal is prepared fresh and made daily, and guests will enjoy the buffet during breakfast and lunch hours. In between safari drives and meals, it’s common for guests to unwind by the fire pit with a good book and a drink. The campsite offers its own safari game drives as well as guided safari walks and a guided bird walk to learn about the hundreds of species of birds that live in the park year-round.
Ikuka Safari Camp
Looking for a nice retreat of solitude away from the crowd to enjoy the lush scenery of Ruaha National Park? Then you may want to look to stay at one of Ikuka Safari Camp‘s six tents that are fit to accommodate the Queen of England. The white quartz encased interiors inside the camps provide a luxurious atmosphere, and guests can enjoy the elevated pool surrounded by dimly lit candles overlooking the Mwagusi River. There are 16 permanent staff at the camp catering to six parties per night, meaning you’ll have top notch service and a personal experience. Not to mention, you’ll receive private safari game drives where a skilled guide will take you to the best kept secret spots to see wildlife.
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