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

IRuaha 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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