Ruaha National Park

Ruaha is a park where game viewing can begin the moment the plane touches down. A pair of giraffes may race beside the airstrip, with line of zebra parading across the runway in their wake as nearby protected elephant mothers guard their young under the shade of baobab three. Wildlife in Ruaha is concentrated along the great Ruaha River that is the park's life-blood. The river is flooded torrent after the rains, dwindling to a few precious pools of waters surrounded by a sweep of sand in the dry season.

Waterbuck, impalas, and the world's most southerly Grant's gazelle risk their life for a sip of water- the shores of the Ruaha are permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, jackal, hyena and the rare and endangered African wild Dog. Ruaha 8,000 elephants are recovering strongly from ivory poaching during the 1980s and remain the largest population in Africa.

Ruaha is the only protected area in which the flora and fauna of the eastern part and southern overlap, leading to fascinating combinations of wildlife-both greater and lesser kudu live here, as sable and roan antelopes.