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Ruaha River Camp, Tanzania

Ruaha River Camp, Tanzania

Highlights of Ruaha River Camp

  • 20 private stone and thatch chalets with private verandahs
  • Sited along the banks of the Great Ruaha River
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Eco-friendly
  • Part of the southern and western Tanzania safari circuit

To travel to Ruaha River Lodge, contact our Preferred Travel Partner or your travel consultant.


  • Daily game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Bird watching

The Lodge and Surroundings

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Ruaha River Camp consists of 20 chalets (“bandas” in Swahili) overlooking the Ruaha River. Each chalet has its own view of the river and the animals that depend on it.

Located in the heart of Ruaha National Park- Tanzania’s largest southern park, the camp is a 2 hours drive from the town of Iringa, however easily accessible by flying there as part of the southern and western safari circuit.

A day at Ruaha River Camp

After a well deserve morning coffee, one can traverse the park along its well networked road system which follows the river sighting impala, antelope and waterbuck who depend on the water for their survival. After a short break or even siesta can partake in the a nature walk or another afternoon game drive before returning to camp for a cold beer and hot shower followed by dinner. A guest can simply stay in their chalets all day and watch the wild life just steps from their window.

Wildlife watching

Ruaha National Park is part of the semi arid bush country that is common to Central Tanzania. Supported by the Great Ruaha River which flows along its eastern boundary, this 10,300 km² park comes a close second to Serengeti National Park in the north. It is populated by the greater kudu, Grant’s gazelle, lions, leopards and cheetahs as well. The high population of antelope is a function of the landscape which is a combination of acacia savannah and miombo woodland. Ruaha has approximately 450  bird species including the crested barbet and ashy starling. The park is accessible all year-round, however the greatest concentration of animals can be seen in the dry season between June and December.

About the Lodge

Ruaha River camp is the flagship property of Foxes Safari Camps- one of the pioneers of safari living  in the southern part of Tanzania.

The Lodge and Chalets

Recently renovated, the lodge has been built using local stone and wood work Each chalet overlooks the river that attracts a lot of game. Each room, complete with an en-suite bathroom, is artfully decorated using African motifs. The high thatched ceiling gives each room an airy feel. The private verandah is an ideal place to gaze over the river and if lucky, one may spot a lot of game especially during the hotter part of the day.


Meals are carefully prepared every day depending on the season. Breakfast is typically continental while lunch is a cold cut buffet. Dinner- traditionally the more elaborate is a 3-course prix fixe in a fusion of African, Asian and European delicacies. The dining area of the lodge is elevated overlooking the river and beyond. Beverages are available throughout the day.

Families and Kids

Ruaha River Lodge is family friendly and allows children above 2 years of age. There are no nanny services, and parents need to supervise their children.

Eco-friendly facility.

The main camp is powered using generators only during certain times of the day. Water conservation is important and guests are encouraged to participate.

Getting There

By Car:

2 hours from Iringa, 10 hours from Dar-Es-Salaam, 5 hours from Mikumi National Park.


Daily scheduled flights from Dar-Es-Salaam, Mikumi, Arusha and beyond. Contact our travel partner or your travel consultant

Map and Locations

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Packages and Rates

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Full Board Package (accommodations & meals only):

Low Season Rate: from $180 per person

High Season Rates: from $210 per person

Game Package (accommodations, meals, safari activities):

Low Season Rate: from $310 per person

High Season Rates: from $375 per person

Group discounts available upon request.

Staff & Service

Many of the staff at Ruaha River Camp are hired from the surrounding villages and trained in the art of hospitality. Staff are articulate in Swahili, English and their tribal dialect and some are even fluent in other European dialects. All staff members have completed mandatory primary school at a minimum and are required to attend a mandatory refresher course conducted by a hospitality expert during the off season.