Ruaha Na­tional Park

BAL­LOON SA­FARI OVER TAN­ZA­NIA’S

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At 20,226 square kilo­me­tres (7,809 sq mi) Ruaha Na­tional Park is the the largest park in Tan­za­nia and East Africa. And there’s no bet­ter way to view herds of ele­phant, wilde­beest, ze­bra, and Thom­son’s gazelle, than from above, in a hot air bal­loon.

Yet, de­spite all this space for wildlife to roam, the great­est con­cen­tra­tion of game oc­cur along the Great Ruaha River, af­ter which the park is named. This 475 km (300 mi.) long river is the life-blood of the park and the fo­cus for land-based game-view­ing.

A one-hour Ruaha Bal­loon Sa­faris flight avoids the game-view­ing masses, en­abling you to see the Park from a unique per­spec­tive. Whether skim­ming the river sur­face as pods of hippo scat­ter be­fore you, or float­ing high above the baob­ab­dec­o­rated plains, as you view wildlife trails made by gen­er­a­tions of an­i­mals, these sights are im­pos­si­ble to wit­ness from the ground.

You will also fly over ar­eas that are out of bounds to ve­hi­cles as off-road driv­ing is not per­mit­ted in the Park.

Ruaha is famed for its vast herds of buf­falo, ele­phant, and prides of lion as well as be­ing one of the very few places where you can view greater and lesser Kudu in the same park.

Bal­loon flights launch daily from 15 June to 31 Oc­to­ber an­nu­ally.

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