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Ruaha Car rental with Driver

Ruaha Car rental with DriverSafari from Dar es salaamSafari from Iringa | Private Safari | Vehicle with driver | Arusha to Ruaha Na. Park

Born of the savannah, the bush and the river, our 4 x 4 Jeeps are as much at home on the plains of Africa as a herd of buffalo or a pride of lions. And just as tough, nimble and, fast. No other safari vehicle can keep up with a 4 x 4, with its all-wheel drive and high suspension skimming over the terrain. 

The pop-up top ensures you a front-row seat to that oncoming herd of elephants or a leopard bearing down on its prey. And piloting your 4 x 4 over Tanzania’s magnificent landscape is your personal safari driver/guide included in this Natural Worlds’ hire package. 

Safe, secure, and practically unstoppable, our Land Cruiser Jeeps and your expert guide will deliver you right into the heart of the safari experience.

How to get to Ruaha National Park

Safaris to Ruaha usually start from Dar es Salaam, and your point of entry for the country will be Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). In most cases, your tour operator will pick you up from the airport and handle all further transportation.

The drive to Ruaha from Dar es Salaam takes about 10 hours, and a lot of it is on a dusty, bumpy road. Many people traveling to Ruaha make a stopover at Mikumi NP. From Mikumi, the distance to Ruaha is about 320km/200mi, and the drive takes roughly five hours.

The easier way to get to Ruaha is by chartered or scheduled flight from Dar es Salaam to the park’s airstrip. There are also flights connecting all parks of the southern circuit safari.

Flights from Arusha town, the base for the northern safari circuit, are also available. Coastal Aviation also offers direct scheduled flights between Serengeti NP and Ruaha NP.

Land Cruiser Safari Jeep

These are often Toyota Landcruiser Jeeps converted into Safari vehicles with the addition of pop up game viewing roofs [ front and main], safari customization, and addition og UHF radio calls and suitable seating. 

Some vehicles also come with air conditioning and electric cooler boxes.

Safari Jeeps are more capable off road and marginally more comfortable as well over rougher sections of road, but will cost significantly more to hire than safari tour vans.

Ruaha Safari FAQ's

anzanians and East Africans visiting Ruaha national park are charged park fees of 5000 Tanzania shillings for visitors above 16 years while children aged between 5 and 15 years will be charged park fees of 2000 Tanzania shillings excluding the 18% tax.

Ruaha National Park is renowned for its excellent wildlife-sighting opportunities. Combined with the low numbers of visitors, this makes it a spectacular destination. The wider Ruaha area hosts 10% of the world’s lion population and has been a Lion Conservation Unit since 2005.

Yes, most foreigners need a Tanzanian visa to visit the country. US, Canadian, British and most European citizens can simply obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport. The cost is $100 for US passport holders and $50 for others. US citizens do get a longer visa, however.

If you’re a citizen of a different country, please check with your embassy if you can obtain a visa upon arrival – of if you even need one. Certain African nationals, for instance, can enter Tanzania without a visa.

Please also note that you need a passport that’s valid for at least six months after your departure date.

The nearest airport to Ruaha national park is Julius Nyerere International Airport. Most safari goers opt to go via air and the two main airstrips are Msembe and Jongomero which is located inside the park itself. Daily flights operate out of Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, and the Selous with Coastal Aviation.



Seronera to Ruaha flights
Days of operationsMon ‚ Thur
Minimum pax policyMinimum 4 passengers
Airstrip in SerengeriSeronera
Flight numberUI633
Seat costAs per STO
RemarksFor other airstrips in Serengeti‚ a connecting flight to Seronera will be booked
Timings:11:00 SEU – RUH 13:00
 13:30 RUH – IRI 13:50
 14:20 IRI – DAR 15:50
Seronera to Ruaha flights
Days of operationsTue ‚ Wed ‚ Fri ‚ Sat ‚ Sun
Minimum pax policyMinimum 6 passengers
Airstrip in SerengeriSeronera
Flight numberUI613 ‚ UI614 ‚ UI175
Seat costAs per STO
RemarksWill be booked on scheduled flights SERONERA – DAR ES SALAAM – RUAHA
Timings:11:00 SEU – DAR 15:10
 15:30 DAR – IRI 17:00
 17:20 IRI – RUH 17:40

How to Get to Ruaha National Park should be a question to every traveler because the national park is relatively far in the remote areas of Tanzania which is part of the reasons why a few visitors go to this park, however, the park’s inaccessibility has given it an advantage of remaining untouched with fascinating best-kept adventures and thus still reasonably accessible. There are different ways on how to get to this park but the easiest id by using Air Transport. Ruaha National Park is a big and wild park located west of the Selous Game Reserve and south of  Serengeti National Park, it is a really an amazing destination with its unbelievable Wildlife but its geographical location is a long distance from the big towns in Tanzania.

One way on getting park is by using road transport in a comfortable vehicle from Iringa or Dar – Es Salaam which is 130km drive from Iringa town and 625km from Dar-Es-salaam, driving from Dar es Salaam can be quite challenging as the roads are bumpy and dusty as well as tiresome as it is a very long distance and takes about 10 hours’ drive on the road.  The easiest way on getting to the park is by Air, there are daily chartered flights with coastal aviation and safari Air link serving mainly from Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Arusha, and Kigoma that land onto the park’s airstrips which are Msembe Airstrip at Msembe (park central station) and Jongomero Airstrip close to the Jongomero Ranger Post.

There is also a new flight offered by coastal aviation connecting the Serengeti National Park and Ruaha National Park, in case you are adjoining safaris in different National Parks, there are flights connecting all the national parks in the southern circuit safaris and in this case these flights usually leave from Mikumi National Park or the Selous. From Arusha you can get flights to the Northern circuit that can as well connect to Ruaha National Park.

Your tour operator can book your domestic charter flights as part of your tour package to make your adventure safari fun and remarkably memorable.

Prices very much depend on which lodge you stay at. For Ruaha though, you are looking at prices starting from around $400 per person per night all the way up to $1,500 per person per night. The best thing to do is to give us a call & we can discuss your plans and recommend a lodge which perfectly suits your style and budget. 


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