Ruaha is actually Tanzania’s largest national park, but not nearly as well known as its famous ‘cousins’ in the north of the country – the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. However sometimes flying under the radar is a good thing, and for safari-goers this means fewer crowds, less vehicles and accommodation, giving a much more exclusive experience in the wild. The park’s name is taken from the Ruaha River flowing along the eastern border. Located inland west of the southern highlands, Ruaha has a different climate and seasons to its neighbour, the Selous Game Reserve. Between June and November, it’s a wonderfully dry, fresh climate with cool crisp evenings and warm sunny days, perfect for game viewing as the animals concentrate around the waterholes and riverbeds. A high concentration of elephants, magnificent kudu and sable can be found together with the endangered wild dogs, lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras and more. As water sources in the park diminish it is a wonderful time of year for guided walking safaris tracking animals. The annual rains set in at the end of the year and the days become hotter, the seasonal rivers flow and the park grows greener with migratory birds returning to breed in this premier birding destination.