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Ruaha River Lodge, Ruaha National Park

Ruaha River Lodge

Our rating: Superior | Property style: Lodge

Found amidst a series of rocky kopjes on a majestic sweep of the Ruaha River, the lodge is ideal for exploring the wilds of the Ruaha National Park. Although a relatively large lodge with 24 stone chalets, there is always a lovely atmosphere and spacing of the chalets, and the size of the public areas, means that there is always a peaceful feeling of isolation and privacy. The chalets are all fronted by a large veranda complete with tables and chair which make for great spots to relax and enjoy the beautiful view. Inside the chalets are spacious and comfortable with small seating areas, mosquito net draped beds and en-suite bathrooms boasting hot and cold running water. There are two dining areas, one down by the river well suited for breakfast, and another high on the kopje with stunning views to the surrounding area, ideal for lunch and dinner. The lodge operates morning, afternoon or all-day game drives through the national park, all enjoyed in open-sided 4x4 vehicles and in the company of a highly experienced guiding team. In addition, fly camping for a minimum of two nights can be arranged upon request.

Ruaha River Lodge

Other properties in Ruaha National Park

Luxury | Tented Camp

Kwihala Camp, Ruaha National Park

Offering a distinct nod to safaris of a bygone era, Kwihala is a wonderfully traditional camp tucked away in a remote, game-rich corner of the Ruaha National Park and is an ideal retreat for safari enthusiasts. The six tents are tucked away within the trees around the main mess area of the camp and all offer ample space with comfortable beds, writing desks and fully functional en-suite bathrooms. The small covered terraces found at the front are a lovely place to relax. Thick canvas sides help keep the tents warm at night and mosquito net covered windows allow a cooling breeze to flow through in the day. The main area of the lodge is made up of a lovely open-plan dining room, lounge and bar and staff are always on hand to serve drinks and chat about life. Meals are enjoyed on a communal basis although private dining can be arranged upon request. Kwihala is open from June until March and offers guests a variety of activities including day and nighttime game drives and guided walks. The focus here is on the guiding, and the experienced team will help you to get the most out of your time in the bush.

Luxury | Tented Camp

Kichaka Expeditions, Ruaha National Park

Kichaka Expeditions has two distinct elements to it, the Bush Camp and the Fly Camp. Many guests will enjoy a combination of the two mobile camps. The semi-permanent Bush Camp is comprised of three spacious tented rooms, all of which have covered floors, comfortable beds and small terraces. Open air bathrooms are found at the back of each room with a short-drop toilet and hot water provided on request. Socialising is often done in the large open-sided mess tent where meals are served or around the campfire lit in the evenings. The wild Fly Camp is an altogether more rustic affair, with guests accommodated in simple dome tents with their own bathroom areas and an alfresco mess area.

Tours Featuring Ruaha National Park


Tanzania In Style

Perfect for those special occasions, this itinerary combines a quintessential safari experience of game drives and big cat spotting with pamper time on Pemba island surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean
12 days from $8,995

Undiscovered Western Tanzania

From Ruaha, the itinerary heads west to continue the safari and big game viewing in the unspoilt wilderness of Katavi National Park before settling down along the edges of Lake Tanganyika and the misty Mahale Mountains
12 days from $10,311