Ruaha River Lodge
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania - Classic 4
Overlooking the Great Ruaha River in the Ruaha National Park, the lodge blends into its natural surroundings to enable visitors to feel themselves part of the wild. Ruaha, one of the largest national parks in Africa and is comparatively unknown and, due to its remoteness, remains unspoiled. The vast wilderness is rich in wildlife and contains a wide variety that includes greater and lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope and huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Nearly five hundred bird species have been sighted within the park. The exciting Great Ruaha River features large numbers of hippo and crocodile. The waters attract lion, leopard, hunting dog and numerous other species such as waterbuck, impala, giraffe, warthog and eland. Grant's gazelle, ostrich and cheetah may be seen on the plains.
Ruaha River lodge is the only ‘lodge’ in the Ruaha, consisting of 24 stone chalets stretching along the river bank.
Each chalet has stunning views from a large veranda out the front, while the huge interiors feature a sitting area, writing desk and either twin or double beds. At the rear of each chalet is a large bathroom decorated with found timber, a shower and double basins.
The first dining area is a long banda by the side of the river. Breakfast is the perfect time to watch the game meander down for a drink, while evenings can be spent around the fire pit, looking down the river, or curled up in one of the sofas with a drink and a book.
The second area is imperiously-positioned atop the largest kopje in the area, situated on a bend, and enjoys commanding views down two sections of the river. This is surely the best sundowner spot in Ruaha.
The Lodge has a banda with ramp access close to the riverside dining room. The bathrooms are large with wide doorway and a plastic chair can be provided for the shower. There are no other specific adaptations, but staff are always on hand to help in any way required.