Ruaha River Lodge is built out of local stone and thatch, the lodge is built around natural kopjes (small hills) and capitalizes on it´s exceptional position on a bend in the river. The Lodge are in the much less frequented Southern half of Tanzania, where you are more likely to see huge herds of animals than huge hoards of game vehicles. Welcome to the entrance of Ruaha National Park.
Ruaha River lodge is the only Lodge in the Ruaha Region and National Park, 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 sun downer 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.
Food & Drink
A visit to Ruaha can spoil you for future safaris anywhere else. In the dry seasons, you
need almost not leave the camp to see good quantities of game, as they concentrate
along the river to drink.
The keys to an outstanding game drive are experience, knowledge and a suitable vehicle. All game drives around the park are taken in open 4 wheel drive vehicles. These vehicles have been designed to ensure maximum visibility for all passengers. All have 2 way radio in case of emergency. The game drives are led by a trained, experienced English speaking guide who will ensure that you get the most out of every safari you make.
Many of the guides at Ruaha River Lodge have worked in the Park for years honing their knowledge of the Ruaha Park. Their self motivation is enhanced by annual training.
Private dinners on your veranda, bush breakfasts, or a sundowner on the banks of the river are all little ways in which we hope to make your safari with us a memorable one. Please ask if you would like us to organize something out of the ordinary.
Fly camping in Ruaha is a great way to immerse yourself in the bush. Small tents set up in a private camp with your own host, guide and chef, fly camping is available for a minimum of 2 nights for 2 people and only in the dry season, but an exciting alternative to staying in the main Lodge.
Check In: 13:00 - Check Out: 15:00
Our Charter Flights operate daily scheduled flights from Dar and Zanzibar to Ruaha also linking it with Selous, Mikumi, Katavi and Mahale. For Ruaha River Lodge you need Msembe airstrip.
By road, Ruaha is signposted from Iringa town. To enter the park, you pass through the Park Gate where you pay your Park Entry Fees. The lodge is signposted within the park as Ruaha River Camp. There is a shortcut from Mufindi, Southern Highlands to Ruaha and we can email the waypoints on request.
When to Visit:
Ruaha can be visited at any time of year, however the best time for game viewing is during the dry season from June to December when wildlife converges on the dwindling water reserves notably the river in front of the Lodge.
Iringa, Msembe or Ruaha landing strip.
Bringing the right clothing and personal items on your Tanzania Expedition and Travel not only keeps you safe and comfortable, but also increases your enjoyment of the many adventurous activities available during your travels. As a general rule, you should pack lightly and make wise choices in what types of clothing you bring. Unless you have a special event to attend, formal clothing is not necessary, and can even be burdensome while in Tanzania. Loose fitting garments that can be worn in layers will ensure your comfort day and night, and you should bring only clothing that you do not mind getting soiled. Some safari accommodations in Tanzania offer next day laundry services (generally at a cost) subject to appropriate weather conditions, so you do not need to bring a large quantity of clothing.
Avoid bright colors, white and dark colors, and instead bring clothes of neutral colors, such as khaki, light bark or mid-tone brown, beige, olive and green, the typical colors used for safari clothing. Mosquitoes are a concern in Tanzania, as are tsetse flies, and you are best shielded against these insects by wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes. Insect repellent is also highly recommended, if not binding in most locations. Wearing appropriate shoes for your Tanzania activities protect your feet from blisters, as well as thorns and stones. Because your safari activities vary in intensity and terrain, appropriate waterproof shoes are recommended dependent on your itinerary such as hiking boots or walking safari shoes for long hikes or on Tanzania game walks; waterproof sneakers shoes are most appropriate for game drives only itineraries but we generally recommend walking shoes for utmost comfort due to the rugged ground exposure in Tanzania, and sandals for beach extensions. You may also want to bring a pair of lightweight flip-flops for in-room use including during showers.
The following guidelines detail other recommendations for clothing and personal items for your travel.
Clothing For Men and Women During Your Tanzania Safari
A combination of appropriate shirts, pants and outerwear helps keep every man and woman comfortable in Tanzania. As minimum requirement for each person on a 7 days safari itinerary with Expedition Travel while doing laundry in Tanzania, bring four t-shirts and two long-sleeved shirts, and for your trouser khakis, bring one pair of comfortable shorts and two pairs of cotton trousers, two light cargo outdoor pants and five pairs of socks. Undergarments should include five pairs of cotton menswear, and any safari preference for the ladies including five pairs of cotton women´s wear and four sports bras that will provide adequate support on very uneven roads. To help you sleep comfortably, warm flannel pajamas are recommended too as it does get cold at night in the highlands. Outerwear should include one sweatshirt or fleece jacket for early morning and evening wear, sunglasses, safari hat with a chin belt that withstands winds, a swimsuit if your camp or lodge has a pool and a very thin waterproof raincoat, especially if you are traveling during the rainy season. You should also bring a pair of lightweight, durable, waterproof shoes dependent on your activity and flip flops or sandals for use around the camp or in the shower. If your weight allowance is not maxed out, bring extra clothing to avoid laundry while on safari.
Toiletries And Basic Medical Kit Recommendation For Tanzania
Basic first aid kits are available at most Tanzania lodges and camps, but you should always have one with you should an emergency arise. Your first aid kit should include mosquito repellent and malarial prophylactics, as well as your SPF preferred category sunscreen, antihistamine and an over-the-counter pain relieving medication, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Panadol or Tylenol. You may also need to weatherproof and protect your valuables while out on game drives and other activities, and a few protective bags can be included in your first aid kit for this purpose. Bring larger lightweight cover bags for protecting your bagged camera and lenses too from dust and water where required e.g. canoeing or boating safari. Women should also bring adequate quantities of feminine hygiene products, such as tampons, pads and panty liners. Panty liners are also useful for trickle drying after urinating in the bush. Other items for your first aid kit are antiseptic gel, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid tablets for indigestion, band-aids with antiseptic cream, prescription medications and spare eyeglasses even if you wear contact lenses. You should also pack travel-size deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and other basic toiletries. Camps and lodges supply shampoo, conditioner and soap but if you prefer your own, feel free to bringing it on board in small size travel bottles.
Gadgets For Your Tanzania Travels
Although you may desire to escape completely from the modern world and its technology, some gadgets are recommended for your tour. You will need a converter plug for your mobile devices, cameras and personal appliances. Electricity in Tanzania is 220 to 240 volts and 50 hertz and the sockets are British-type with three rectangular blade pins. You should also bring a small flashlight to help you move around your tent at night as some camps have minimal lighting at night. Tanzania offers excellent photographic opportunities, and a zoom lens is recommended, although you will need to adhere to any weight restrictions for your flights. Also, bring extra memory cards and batteries for your camera. Shared binocular is available from your safari guide, but having your own set ensures that you never miss seeing a kill or rare bird in the distance. You may also want to bring a mobile tablet or smartphone to keep you organized and in contact with friends and family back home. The highly enthused Expedition guests also bring in night vision equipment for nocturnal activity around the campgrounds and waterholes, and also for use on select itineraries that include night game drives.
Travel Documents & Money Guidance For Tanzania
You should always keep copies of your travel documents with you while in Tanzania, at least two of them -- one in your checked luggage and one in your hand luggage. You should also keep digital copies of your passport pages and other travel documents on your smartphone or tablet. The most important document that you should always be prepared to show to immigration and customs officials is your passport, and your stamped visa if applied prior to arrival. Other documents include your return tickets, trip itinerary, medical insurance papers, next of kin details and personal medical and dental insurance cards. Most major credit cards are accepted in metropolitan Tanzania, and Visa and MasterCard are the most widely-accepted only in urban cities but with a hefty bank transaction fee and high exchange rate. Very few camps and lodges accept credit card. When carrying cash during your trip, we recommend you bring US dollars. The bills must be the updated design, issued in 2006 or later, perfect and crisp, and completely free of any rip or markings.
Beachwear For Tanzania
With so many gorgeous beachfront accommodations in Tanzania, you should prepare to spend some time on the coastal beaches or exploring the islands. The beaches in East Africa including Tanzania mainland, Zanzibar, Mafia, Pemba and other Islands do not allow for topless bathing, so you will need to bring appropriate swimwear choices, as well as polo shirts, pants and semi-formal clothing for those romantic evening dinners on the beach.
Tanzania Moral Dress Emphasis
When you travel in Tanzania, you should respect the local customs and beliefs. Tanzanians have very strong beliefs about morality, including proper ways to dress and show respect. When you are visiting local markets, bazaars and other attractions, you should wear either long trousers or knee-length shorts with a polo shirt. Tank tops, shorts or skirts above the knee and other types of clothing that reveal the shoulders or thighs should be avoided. Religious sites, such as mosques, temples, synagogues and churches, require even stricter dress requirements and you may be asked to leave by one of the guards if you are dressed inappropriately based on the local culture and people’s expectations.
Your safari baggage weight restriction on most internal safari charter flights within Tanzania is 33 pounds or 15 kilograms, per person. If your bag exceeds this limit, you will be charged an additional fee for excess baggage. Most safari flights in Tanzania can be fully booked as the small to large safari aircraft´s are allocated based on passenger load for each sector, so to ensure that your excess baggage is allowed on your flight, you should pre pay the additional fee. Soft-sided, sturdy duffel bags should be used and not hard-sided luggage as your baggage will need to be easily loaded and maneuvered in a small luggage compartment during your air travel. If your Tanzania safari portion does not include any air portion which is not normally the case, you are free to bring in additional luggage up to 44 pounds (20 kg) in soft sturdy bags rather than hard sided suitcases. Excess luggage can also be securely stored at an Expedition Team office or even your hotel in Arusha, Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar while you are on your safari.
General Packing Suggestions For Tanzania
In addition to the guidelines already outlined, you should also follow some general recommendations when packing for your trip to Tanzania. Soft sided bags are much easier to store and load, so this is preferred over hard-sided luggage. Since you may need to handle your bags at certain exit and entry airport points during your journey, the lightweight nature of soft-sided luggage makes this task easier for you as well. You should pack any critical items in your carry-on bag instead of packing it in your checked baggage. This should include, at a minimum, your travel documents, money, medications and other important items. You should lock your baggage at all times and use only TSA-approved locks. The African bush is no place for expensive jewelry, and wearing these items only invites trouble. Leave sentimental and expensive jewelry at home where you know it is safe! When traveling, never keep all of your cash in one place. Distribute it to minimize any potential loss. Cameras and other equipment should be protected during your tour activities, and water-resistant day packs are the perfect solution! Lastly, and most importantly, keep it simple and straightforward. Your Tanzanian travel is an adventurous, high-paced, once-in-a-lifetime experience that takes you into some of the most pristine wilderness in the world. Please do not bring hair dryers, irons, excessive clothing and unnecessary beauty toiletries.
Booking Terms and Conditions.
All bookings must be made in writing and include names of all guests, ages of any children, any dietary requirements, and arrival/departure details.
Bookings are confirmed on receipt of a prepaid 100% deposit.
All Costs are based on the prevalent Park fees, concession fees, existing taxes at existing rates. Rates will be increased without notice should any
tax be introduced or a new tax introduced. Tax increases will be added to existing bookings even if already paid.
30 days or more notice loss of 40% deposit
Between 30 and 7 days 60% of the total cost
Between 7 days and 48 hours 90% of the total cost
Less than 48 hours 100% of the total cost.
Terms and Conditions.
Clients must exercise proper care when staying in the National Parks. Wild animals are free to wander around the lodge in the National Park and no liberties should be taken. Children should be supervised at all times.
Clients undertake all activities in all locations at their own risk, and when asked to do so must be prepared to sign disclaimers forms for specific activities.
Any special dietary requirements should be given at the time of booking. Please note that whilst every effort will be made to cook suitable food, ingredients are more limited in Tanzania than in the Western World.
Water in taps is not suitable for drinking. Clients should also note that water is pumped straight from the ground and may well be discolored.
Power is provided by generator or solar systems, flro lights and recharging batteries. Power is not available for hairdryers or any other electrical equipment. The power will be on at set times and the lights will not stay on all night. The times will be published by the lodge.
Water is heated by solar energy, therefore hot water maybe limited during prolonged periods of heavy cloud and rain and in the early morning.
Laundry is provided free of charge, but may be hand washed and is sun dried, therefore delicate items should not be put into Camp laundry.
Lost property Whilst efforts will be made to trace and return lost property to it´s owners, any costs incurred must be paid by the guest.
Clients are advised that visas may be required to enter Tanzania. These can usually be purchased at the airport but this is very time consuming and for clients with onward flights, visas should be obtained prior to arrival from the Embassy or High Commission.
It is the clients responsibility to ensure that they have the means to obtain entry into Tanzania and have investigated the visa requirements for their nationality.
Health Tanzania does require a yellow fever certificate from time to time. This is not often enforced by clients may like to check prior to arrival. Clients are responsible for all matters relating to their health, vaccinations and prophylaxis. It is highly recommended that you contact your doctor or travel center for advice on all health matters.
World weather conditions are changing and we do not accept any responsibility for any unexpected weather conditions which may affect the enjoyment of your holiday.
Any issue or dissatisfaction should be send by email. Feedback forms are provided for every guest on departure and will be referred to in any instance of a retrospective complaint. Any complaint made will be investigated in full, but lack of prior notification will be taken into account.
War, Terrorism, Acts of God.
The Lodge and operators accept no responsibility for any loss, injury, death, or cancellation of holiday, due to any act of war, political unrest, terrorism or acts of God.
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7 nights at the Ruaha River Lodge. Rooms are very spacious with a great view on the Ruaha River. Very comfortable beds. Very tasty food. Breakfast is served at the table and dinner is a buffet with plenty of choice. You have the choice to do a morning and an afternoon safari or 1 all day safari. I recommend the full day safari with lunch box because the guide can bring you deeper in the park. Lunch is taken at well organized picnic places with good and clean toilets. It is not a very touristic area, so you don´t meet to many other jeeps. We had an amazing guide, Ben, very experienced and a real walking encyclopedia. And what´s more, we had him just for the two of us because there were not so many tourists! We traveled in July, the high season, so I suppose other periods are even more quiet. The Masai people who work there are doing a great job. They are really very good people. It is worth to go up the hill to visit the place where they stay and buy something from there shop.
The Game Package
|Tariff name||Room/property type||Min person||Max person||Valid from||Valid til||Minimum days||Maximum days|
|Tariff||Stone Chalet 2 Pers.||1||24||Monday, 20 May 2019||Sunday, 20 May 2029||477.11€ ($566.40) Per night||1||365|
|Tariff||Stone Chalet 1 Pers.||1||1||Monday, 20 May 2019||Sunday, 20 May 2029||318.07€ ($377.60) Per night||1||365|
|Tariff||Game Package 2 Pers.||1||24||Monday, 20 May 2019||Sunday, 20 May 2029||765.37€ ($908.60) Per night||1||365|
|Tariff||Game Package 1 Pers.||1||1||Monday, 20 May 2019||Sunday, 20 May 2029||462.20€ ($548.70) Per night||1||365|
Here's a list of some of the great things you can purchase while making a booking at this property.
Airport Pickup - Assistance - Transfer - Domestic Airport or Hotel in Dar es Salaam - Round trip49.70€ ($59.00) (18%) ( Per person per booking )
Flight: Dar es Salaam - Ruaha - Dar es Salaam765.37€ ($908.60) (18%) ( Per person per booking )