Kigelia Ruaha
When To Go

When To Go

 Dry season  Green season  Closed
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feb
mar
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may
jun
jul
aug
sep
oct
nov
dec
When to go green

January

Vibrant colour, full of life

When to go info LOW season rates, plus free nights when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife Best season for migratory birds and flowers – a spectacular display of vibrant colour. Baobabs are covered in new leaves and flowers the rivers are in spate. Elephant move to higher ground and disperse. Still a good chance of seeing resident species

When to go weather Warm with a good chance of heavy rain, often punctuated by sunshine. Can be hot during the day.

February

Vibrant colour, full of life

When to go info LOW season rates, plus free nights when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife Larger herds of elephant and buffalo disperse, sightings of cheetah go up and there’s still plenty of resident game. Trees are in flower and birds in breeding plumage, and plenty of migrants. Walking may be limited due to high grass.

When to go weather Warm with humid afternoons and the odd shower.

March

Lush, vibrant and beautiful

When to go info LOW season rates, plus free nights when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife The Camp closes half way through the month. Game viewing is much like January & February - bursting with flowers, greenery and birds, with good opportunities to see resident game. Walking may be limited due to long grass.

When to go weather Warm with humid afternoons and more rain expected.

April

May

June

Dry season approaching

When to go info LOW season rates, plus free nights when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife As the bush starts to thin, we see the big herds beginning to form as the buffalo move south and the elephants come down from the highlands. In pursuit of the buffalo come the lion…this is the richest time of year for wildlife viewing.

When to go weather The rains have come to an end by now but the vegetation usually remains green and beautiful for a short while before leaves start to fall in July. Still temperate but beginning to cool slightly.

July

Dry, warm, great wildlife

When to go info 2 free nights on a week's safari when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife Dry season and wildlife congregates along rivers. Herds of hundreds of buffalo elephant are not uncommon, nor are leopard, lion and cheetah. Walking is easier and the dry river beds often make useful pathways through the bush.

When to go weather Dry and warm with almost no chance of rain.

August

Peak dry season, great wildlife

When to go info 2 free nights on a week's safari when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife Fabulous game viewing. The trees have now mostly shed their leaves. This is when the roan and sable venture down from the highlands so these next two months present the best opportunity to see these rare antelope.

When to go weather Warm days, cool mornings and evenings, no rain.

September

Dry, warming up, great game

When to go info 2 free nights on a week's safari when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife While the Ruaha River flows year round, it’s at its lowest in Sept/Oct and the hippo pods may be more concentrated now. This is still a great month for Ruaha’s speciality: elephant, plus herds of buffalo and growing prides of lion.

When to go weather The weather starts to warm up now and the landscape has assumed its dry mantel.

October

Hottest month, most intense wildlife

When to go info 2 free nights on a week's safari when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife This is the hottest month in Ruaha, but also possibly the most intense for wildlife. The diminishing water and green vegetation encourage game to congregate along the still- green river lines and the birding is also excellent.

When to go weather Hot, dry, short grass.

November

Return of the rains, wildlife still excellent

When to go info LOW season rates, plus free nights when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife The bush will not green up for a while so it’s still a great month to view wildlife and birds alike as they congregate around available water sources. Walking is good now as the grass is short, though you can expect the odd shower.

When to go weather The rains return this month, normally early in the mornings, and it can be humid in the afternoons.

December

Rains return but still worth a visit

When to go info LOW season rates, plus free nights when combined with Sand Rivers Selous

When to go wildlife There is still plenty to see and so it’s worth getting out and about in search of big and small game alike.

When to go weather Walking is still possible as the grass is still short, despite the green flush that may be evident. Weather is still warm during the day but more humid.

Ruaha is one of Tanzania's most exciting National Parks, not to mention the largest park in the country. Ecologically this area sees the meeting of the Eastern and Southern African biomes, resulting in a melting pot of species unlike anywhere else in Africa. This is most exciting for birders, as many southern and eastern species can be found here. Ruaha is beautiful; plains interspersed with baobab forests, hidden corners of woodland and dry snaking river beds criss-crossing the park. The dry season runs from June to the end of October and this time sees herds of buffalo gathering in their hundreds, followed close behind by impressively large prides of lion; Ruaha is home to 10% of Africa's lion population so they are never too far away. 

When the rains arrive in November the park is transformed. The grass bursts to life shortly after the first rians fall, and the trees and shrubs begin to flower. Many antelope species have their youngsters over the rainy season, making the most of the abundant food in the park. Birding is at it's best with many mirgatory species arriving and donning their impressive breeding plumage - an incredible array of startlingly bright colours flitting through the bush.