Classic safaris use shared vehicles for game drives (other guests staying at the camp will join you in our new custom-built 4x4 Land Cruisers).
That allows us to bring the cost down for you. We put a maximum of 7 guests per vehicle, though it is often less.
Classic Safaris based out of our Grand Ruaha camp are a sure bet for experiencing the wild side of Africa in style. Each day is an adventure with exciting game viewing around every corner.
Our goal is to showcase the immense diversity of flora and fauna in Ruaha, providing the best viewing and photography opportunities possible.
The days start early, with fresh tea or coffee and your choice of a full breakfast or something simple. Either way, we’ll be off before dawn to catch the sun-up and golden light as it washes across the Ruaha landscape.
We will typically return to camp for a late breakfast (if we haven’t taken it along with us) or for a relaxing lunch in the lodge. Midday can be used to relax, take a short guided walk around camp or a short game drive to see animals that are best seen when they go for midday water. Evening game drives typically start around 2:30 – 3:00pm (depending on the intended distance traveling) and last until sundown.
Night drives and walking safaris are available on a pre-arranged basis as they require the presence of park rangers. The night drives provide opportunities to see otherwise-invisible nocturnal wildlife. Walking safaris with armed rangers also offers an intimate and up-close experience to explore the myriad of nuances that make up the Ruaha ecosystem.
Game drives in Ruaha differ from the Serengeti in that you need to slow down and stop often to take in all the sights and sounds. Our game-viewing prospects start immediately with elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, eland, dik dik, roan antelope and innumerable impalas, to name just a few, living in close proximity to the camp.
The birdlife in Ruaha is nothing short of spectacular with 573 species recorded – including 65 different raptors. One can simply choose to stay in camp and photograph the local birds, such as Lilac-brested rollers, Green-winged Pytilia’s, Red-cheeked Cordon Blu’s, Fire Finch’s, Ruaha Red-billed Hornbill’s, and Scarlet-brested Sunbirds and many more.
Evenings around the Grand Ruaha camp are a pleasure in the glow of warm lighting inside and out. Relax and socialize in the lounge area – or on the outdoor patio under the stars and giant baobab. Creative and delicious meals prepared by Head chef Mesuli are served inside our dining area, on the outdoor patio – or even outside our grand suites under the stars, offering a private, romantic and unforgettable dining experience.