Ruaha River Lodge

Situated on one of the most stunning stretches of Tanzania’s mighty Ruaha River, this superb lodge offers gameviewing from your personal veranda. Guests are accommodated in 24 stone and thatch chalets scattered along the riverbank, containing romantic canopied beds and large bathrooms with twin basins.

Choose from two dining areas in the main lodge – one facing the river with a firepit, and the other sited atop a large kopje, providing an ideal setting for sundowner drinks. It’s also possible to enjoy a meal in the privacy of your own veranda or to eat out in the bush.

Activities offered by Ruaha River Lodge include game drives in open vehicles led by trained, experienced guides, many who have years of experience in the park. Guests can also fly camp for two nights at minimum in the dry season, accompanied by a host, guide and chef.


How to get to Ruaha River Lodge

There are daily scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar into Msembe, which is the closest airstrip to Ruaha River Lodge. 

Activities at Ruaha River Lodge

  • Game drives
  • Fly camping
  • Bush dining and sundowner drinks

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Ruaha River Lodge Highlights

  • An evocative riverside lodge in the wild, unspoilt Ruaha National Park
  • Gameviewing from your private veranda
  • Opportunities for exceptional wildlife viewing
  • Over 530 recorded species of bird and many types of game
  • Fly camping option in this vast and varied park

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Tanzania Overview

Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

Do I need a Visa for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

Do I need vaccinations for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

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