3 Days Ruaha Budget Safari

Ruaha Budget safari is an affordable Ruaha safari starts and ends up in Iringa town. For travelers who prefer to go on this tour are suppose to travel to Iringa and in the following day join the tour. Iringa town is accessible by tarmac road from Mbeya, Morogoro, Dodoma, Arusha and Dar es Salaam. If you have sufficient time and you are in either of the mentioned town you can then board a bus to Iringa town and overnight awaiting for the next day tour.

Ruaha safari with no doubt is the best due to the presence of abundant wildlife and constant changing landscapes which add a magical touch to the whole experience. Despite of being the largest park in Tanzania Ruaha National park receives few number of visitors compared to the northern Tanzania parks like Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti. Situated far off the beaten track, away from crazy camera clicking crowds this rough tract of wilderness pulsates the real energy of an Africa long-forgotten. Visitors come to Ruaha to enjoy the dramatic landscapes and abundance of wildlife, with well-maintained roads and few visitors.

While conducting game drive in ruaha safari you will be able to see a variety of animals and birds. This park is recorded to host the large population of elephants of about 15,000 to 20,000 individuals. In addition to that, it also hosts the largest population of lions with prides of about 30 individuals. It is quite possible to see one of the magnificent black-mane males that dominate some of the prides. If lucky you can also spot them stalking, chasing and killing their prey. These large prides are mostly prefer to kill buffaloes and giraffes for their dinner

Ruaha Budget Safari Detail Itinerary


Day 1: Iringa – Ruaha National Park

The Ruaha safari starts by picking you up from the hotel in Iringa town at 08:30 am and drive for about 2 to 3 hours through the remarkable landscapes of Iringa. Along the way you will see a number of villages full of people busy farming. The dominant tribe of this area is the Hehe who famously known by fearlessly fighting against the German authority during colonial time. Arrive Ruaha for lunch at Tanapa Cottage and in the afternoon continue with the game drive till evening. Today you will enjoy your dinner and spend the night at Tanapa Cottages.


Day 2: Ruaha Safari

The second day of your ruaha budget safari will start by taking breakfast at the lodge followed by morning and afternoon game drive. The game drive will be conducted along the Ruaha River where herds of animals congregate along the banks of the River searching fresh pastures and clean water. Predators such as lions and hyena can easily spotted stalking their prey along the river banks. Hot lunch, dinner and overnight at the Tanapa Cottages.


Day 3: Ruaha Safari – Iringa

Early game drives in Ruaha national park and at 10:00 am back to the lodge for breakfast. After the breakfast we pack our luggage and depart for the journey back to Iringa town via the maasai cultural boma which is located at Tunga malenga village near the park. Enjoy the maasai dance which will be performed by the worriers and the girls and learn a bit about the Maasai culture and tradition. While in there you will also get the chance to enter inside the maasai huts and experience it. Proceed to Iringa where you be dropped at the hotel.

 End of the Ruaha Budget Safari.

 Ruaha Budget Safari Price:

Number of Pax 2 pax 3 pax  4 pax 5 pax
Price Per Person US $ 750 US $ 680 US $ 600 US $ 580

For Solo traveler US $ 1100

Ruaha Safari Cost Includes

  • Return transfer from Iringa to Ruaha on 4×4 private safari vehicle
  • Game viewing in an open roof safari vehicle.
  • Park entrance fees as it is explained on the itinerary
  • Full board accommodation in Tanapa Cottages
  • Fee for professional driver guide
  • A bottle of pure drinking water 1 liter per person daily


Packages Excludes

  • Accommodation on the arrival and last day in Iringa
  • Breakfast and lunch in Iringa
  • Tips/Gratuity for the driver guide
  • Travellers’ medical insurance
  • Items of the personal nature
  • Entrance fee to the Maasai Cultural tour ( $ 50 per group)

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Interesting Facts About Ruaha National Park

What is Ruaha Famous for?

Ruaha national park is famous for its outstanding game sighting experiences. In addition to that the park receives less number of visitors in a year compared to parks such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro which makes it an amazing destination. Due to various researches it was found that the park hosts about 10% of the entire world’s lion population. To prove this during safari in Ruaha, visitors can happen to spot large prides of lions comprises of up 25 adults lions. Normally the pride of this size tends to hunt large game such as giraffe and buffalo.

When one visit ruaha national park can see largest herds of elephants since the park has the highest concentration of elephants in East Africa. Rare antelope species such as greater and lesser kudu, roan sable antelope can found here. lichtenstein’s hartebeest, topi, southern and bohor reedbuck are also found here.

Generally the common animals of Ruaha National park includes elephants, zebra, lion, giraffe, hunting dogs, greater and lesser kudu, gazelles, striped hyenas, sable and roan antelopes, ostrichs, crocodiles and hippos. There are also about 540 species of birds in Ruaha.

How Do I get to Ruaha National Park?

Travelers who want to on Safari to Ruaha National park they can fly from Dar es Salaam or other destination by chartered or scheduled flights to the park airstrips. However visitors who go on ruaha budget safari can just drive from Iringa town, Mikumi and other destinations located within the southern circuit.

How much is the Ruaha budget safari (Ruaha Safari)?

A budget safari to Ruaha National park costs from $ 580 per person to $ 1100 per person depends on the group size. The minimum group size should be two people where the cost per person is $ 750. However a solo traveler can also go for Ruaha Safari but the price will a bit higher up to $ 1500 per trip.

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