Relatively unknown compared to the Serengeti, Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s largest national park. Here you’ll find mostly European visitors, as opposed to the predominantly American tourists in the Serengeti. Given it’s remoteness, there are only a handful of camps within the park. The Kwihala Tent Camp is one of Asilia’s more basic tents. Like all Asilia’s camps, ninety-nine percent of the camp’s electricity runs on solar.
What the camp lacks in luxurious accommodation is made up by its warm hospitality, which would explain its high customer return rate.
Our “butler”, Elia, even took the time to teach us some Swahili phrases and the African board game Bao.
The staff would also haul food and drinks into the bushes for unbeatable experiences.
Ruaha National Park is named after the Ruaha River, that takes on the form of a sand river during dry season.
Despite there not being any visible signs of water, animals flock here during dry season because water does exist. You just have to know where to find it.
The Ruaha National Park consists of 2 vegetation zones – the miombo woodlands typical of Zambia, and the acacia vegetation seen in northern Tanzania and Kenya, creating a varied landscape.
Compared to Nyerere National Park, animal sightings in Ruaha came easier in the open grassland. In addition to the big lion and elephant populations, there were herds of other animals.