Ruaha River Lodge Safari Lodge
Ruaha River Lodge is spectacularly-situated overlooking the Ruaha River, one of the lifeblood drinking sources for the abundant game, especially during the dry season. Known for its prolific elephant population and large prides of lion, Ruaha National Park offers visitors incredible scenery and the safari experience of a lifetime.
* Ruaha River Lodge Highlights
- ∞Superbly situated with views over the river
- ∞Game-viewing from the deck
- ∞Located within Ruaha National Park, with its huge prides of lions
- ∞Knowledgeable, experienced local guides
- ∞Few camps in Ruaha National Park make for an uncrowded safari experience
- ∞Special sundowners on the river bank or bush breakfasts can be arranged
- ∞Fly camping, for a true ‘in the wild’ experience
- ∞Very spacious chalets
More about this accommodation
Ruaha River Lodge is made up of two main areas and 24 stone-and-thatch chalets or bandas spread along the bank of the river. They are well spaced apart to allow a feeling of privacy and they are extremely spacious, with twin or double beds (or triple), a sitting area and writing desk. Stone floors and gauzed windows allow the cool breeze to flow through.
At the back of each chalet is a vast, open-plan, en-suite bathroom with twin vanities and solar-heated showers. Out front is the crowning glory – a large veranda with breath-taking views out over the game-rich plains.
Main Lodge Area
There are two lounge/dining areas at Ruaha River Lodge, allowing you to not notice the relatively large size of the lodge. One is next to the river, a large open-sided thatched area with polished red floors and comfortable couches from which to watch the game come down to drink.
Set up on top of the kopje is the second lounge/dining space, commanding incredible views across Ruaha. It’s a heavenly spot for relaxing and enjoying the view. There is small shop on the premises.
Game Viewing Activities
Guided game drives are offered by the lodge. These most often take the form of early morning and late afternoon drives, when the animals are most active, but full day game drives can also be arranged.
Ruaha National Park is known for its diversity of game, due to the fact that the park contains both Zambian miombo habitats and Kenyan savannah. It is one of the few places where lesser and greater kudu are both found. A huge elephant and predator population, many antelope species, giraffe, zebra and the rare African Wild Dog are just some of the game that call Ruaha ‘home’.
By car: Ruaha River Lodge is just over 600 km from Dar es Salaam, a drive which takes approximately nine hours.
By air: Daily scheduled flights are offered from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Msembe airstrip is about a half-hour drive to the lodge.
Our Take on Ruaha River Lodge
This relatively large lodge, with its wonderful riverside position, is comfortable and friendly. It offers great game-viewing, both from the deck and within the park and is an ideal dry season safari spot.
© Images courtesy of photographer Niels van Gijn.
- ∞Accommodation & all meals
- ∞Shared, guided AM & PM game drives (or full day) in open 4WD safari vehicles
- ∞Tea & coffee
- ∞Airstrip transfers
- xWalking safaris
- xPark entry fees
- xBar drinks
- xTravel insurance & medical evacuation
- xItems of a personal nature
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One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.