Dar es Salaam — Ruaha National Park has just been named as the Best Winter Trip destination for 2013 by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine.
According to statement from Tanzania Tourist Board availed to East African Business Week in Dar es Salaam, the park is featured together with other 14 Tanzania National Parks in the December/January Issue.
Located southwest of Tanzania's most famous safari destinations, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, 7,809-square-mile Ruaha National Park is off the beaten adventure tour track, offering a quieter, wilder environment for exceptional game viewing and birding.
The Great Rift Valley crosses the park, and the Great Ruaha River, a year-round lifeline for the park's large mammals, forms the eastern border.
In addition to having a high concentration of elephants (thought to be the largest of any East Africa park), as well as resident hippos and buffalo, Ruaha is also known as a birder's paradise.
January to April (the hot, short rainfall season) is considered the best time to view the park's more than 570 species, including the Ruaha red-billed hornbill.
Book one of the eight luxurious tents at secluded Jongomero safari camp to embark on ranger-guided game drives in open four-wheel-drive vehicles and small-group walking safaris and birding tours.
The camp is just ten minutes from the nearest airstrip, facilitating a quicker civilization-to-safari transition from Dar es Salaam or Arusha.
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