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Ruaha River Lodge

A great lodge in the heart of Ruaha

Ruaha River Lodge - Campfire
Ruaha River Lodge - Campfire

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Following the footsteps of its sister property in the Selous, Ruaha River Lodge is a beautifully designed camp which highlights off its position on the banks of the mighty river. As the only ‘lodge’ in Ruaha, it’s a great choice for those less keen on rustic tented camps. Run and owned by the Fox family, it ticks all of the boxes – fantastic views, service, location and value for money.


Ruaha River Lodge is located on the banks of the great Ruaha river and is a short drive from the main airstrip, Msembe. The river is the perfect backdrop to the lodge and all of its rooms, whether it’s going on a game drive along the banks, or sitting out on your private veranda watching the wildlife go by.


Although the camp is the largest in Ruaha, accommodating a total of 24 chalets, the camp is divided into two main dining and lounge areas to give it a more intimate ambiance. Each camp is self-sufficient so it will feel like a camp of 12 rooms in either camp you are put into.



The lodge and its 24 chalets are extremely spacious, and made from local stone and makuti thatch. Each chalet has an ensuite bathroom with running water and flushing toilets. The best part about the rooms are the large, private verandas that look out onto the Ruaha River. With chairs already positioned on the veranda, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an armchair safari.


Game drives are the main activity in Ruaha National Park and these are done in open-sided safari vehicles with a maximum of either 4 of 6 people. Usually game drives are done in the morning and afternoon, with time in the middle of the day to relax in camp and enjoy a delicious lunch. If guests do a full day game drive, a packed lunch is taken with you.

More of a 'lodge' feel for those who do not want a tented experience

It's large - but then again it is split between two camps

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