The game viewing in Ruaha is phenomenal. Huge breeding herds of elephant are remarkably unworried by human presence as they amble to water to quench their thirst. There is a wide variety of antelope including greater and lesser kudu. Shy bushbuck creep down to the river to drink and huge bonus for east Africa is the roan and sable antelope. The biggest buck of all, the eland, contrast sharply with the smallest, the dik dik who are able to disappear completely in their tiny territories. Vast troops of yellow baboon flank the herds of graceful impala.
Huge baobabs dominate the landscape. Parts of the river are lined by some of the most stunning trees in Africa - silver leafed Tamarind whose ripe pods attract elephants into the camp at night. Flat topped acacia and beautiful big Terminalia trees are interspersed with Sausage trees and Combretum. The park is full of undulating hills with rocky Kopjes and the great Mpululu Mountains in the distance.
Dwarf and banded mongoose scurry around foraging for food while leopard can be spotted d sheltering in trees along the dry riverbeds.
The park has numerous prides of lion. At the end of the dry season, the mountain prides recognized by their lean appearance, are forced to the river for water and food. The battles for territories are powerful and vocal, their roars drowning other night sounds.
Ruaha also boasts one of the last remaining strong holds for African Wild Dog. Large packs roam the park hunting down their quarry along the riverbeds. As they rest up under trees it is fascinating to watch their interactive behaviour and to count the numerous pups handing off a long-suffering mother.
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