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Two lionesses resting in the shade.
  Ruaha River Lodge
Getting there
Most safari-goers fly to Ruaha, due to the long distance from Dar es Salaam. There are a couple of scheduled flights from Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam and from Arusha every week. The flights go via Selous, and the flight time depends on the number of landings there. Three hours from Dar es Salaam is a fair estimation. Smaller one- or two-prop planes are used for these flights.
Ruaha is some 600 km/370 mi west of Dar es Salaam. Few safari-goers travel by road, as it is a 2-day drive. Yet, an idea is to stay for two nights in Mikumi National Park en route and spend a full day game driving there.
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Ruaha map.
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Ruaha River Lodge
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha River Lodge is a tourist class lodge built by the Great Ruaha River in Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania. It has a restaurant, a bar and some 20 rooms in stone bungalows. These are spacious double rooms, some of them allowing for an extra bed. All rooms have a bathroom with toilet, washbasin and solar-heated shower.

The setting is very close to the bush, and you have good chances of seeing wildlife around the lodge. Campfires are lit in the evenings, and the general safari atmosphere is very good. The lodge has open four-wheel drive safari vehicles for game drives, and also has road transports from and to Dar es Salaam a few times a week. You may want to consider flying to Ruaha, though, because of the long distance.

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Ruaha River Lodge has enough comfort for a good stay and an attractive location by the river. You have good chances of seeing the big cats during game drives, as well as African wild dog and herbivores never or rarely seen in northern Tanzania, for example greater and lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope.

Nile cocodile in the river.

Safari seasons
The major parks of southern Tanzania – Mikumi, Selous and Ruaha – have the highest concentrations of wildlife during August to October, which is the end of a long dry season, when the animals congregate along the rivers. Most visitors come during this time of year (the parks still have significantly fewer visitors than the major parks of northern Tanzania, such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro).

November to May brings rain, but there is a drier spell during January and February, when safaris are possible.

Wildlife around the lodge
Thanks to the setting in the bush, you may see virtually anything around Ruaha River Lodge. Elephants, crocodiles and different kinds of antelopes are seen regularly.

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