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Definitely go, you’ll be so glad you did

My family and I had the most amazing holiday ever at Ruaha River Lodge. We had three generations with us and found the Lodge so good about accommodating all ages from kids to older people. The staff were amazing and friendly and the game drives were phenomenal. We felt like they went out of their way to make sure we had an incredible trip and we really did.

The Lodge itself was comfortable and so well located on the river. We saw elephants, hippos, impala, crocodiles just sitting on our porch watching the river. We would love to come back, it was a trip we’ll be talking about for the rest of our lives.



Fantastic Anniversary Holiday

My wife and I spent 4 nights at Ruaha Lodge and found it fantastic. We had great views of hippos, elephants, giraffe,crocodiles and impala from our balcony. The game drives were great with amazing views of lion, leopard , zebra , water buck, wildebeest and all the amazing birds. Enoch and Emanuel, our guide and driver, were excellent. The accommodation was very good and the staff were wonderful. Very helpful, friendly and efficient. We had our wedding anniversary one night and all the staff sang us a song of celebration in Swahili. -wonderful.
Justin, the Manager was great and made sure we were well looked after.
Would thoroughly recommend Ruaha to anybody think if visiting Tanzania.


United Kingdom

Great beautiful location and stay

Were kindly received with a drink at the reception. Brought the car to our house. Beautiful river view. Dassies on the rocks below us and hippos in the picture. Were not many people. In the evening by campfire when it was safe and we were on time and then at the table. Delicious eaten. For security, Massais walked on the premises. Also accompany us to our house. Also heard lion and hyena at night. Large park. Been 4 nights. Was great. Have to drive deeper into the area. Packed lunch. Had a good driver and guide, William, who was part of our trip


The Netherlands

Top Notch

Where to start? Our whole experience at Ruaha river lodge was exceptional. We were met at the airstrip by Lyyo the guide and Onesi the driver. Very smooth. On the trip to the lodge (about 1hr) we had close encounters with Giraffes and an elephant! So cool. The Bandas were very comfortable. Christiana and Yustin the managers were very welcoming. The safari drive schedules were pretty flexible. Our guide for the remainder of our stay (3 nights) was Mereso. He was super knowledgeable and very friendly. On our drives we saw everything - Lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, hyenas, so many antelope. Just fantastic. The food was great and plentiful. All the service was top notch.

Phil W

United Kingdom

Fantastic lodge on the Ruaha River!

The stay at the Ruaha River Lodge was a nature experience for us five travelers! Because of COVID-19 we were the only guests and we were very well looked after! The end of the mask requirement was finally over! The accommodations were large and spacious, the beds very good for sleeping. The food was excellently cooked and very good. The cook and the staff gave everything, we were very satisfied! The manager also looked after us every day. We were allowed to enjoy four nights in the nature of Ruaha NP. The road from Iringa to the lodge is 125 km long and difficult to drive on. But a longer stay at the lodge makes you forget the hardships of the journey. You could also reach Ruaha Park by light aircraft. The lodge is highly recommended, even at the beginning of February!



Safari right from Camp

This was my only camp on the trip which had rock cabanas for sleep. I thought I wouldn't like not having canvas but there were big screen windows all around the main room which still gave you the feeling of being right there. The main room is like a spacious studio with a living room space and 2 large beds. The ensuite is gigantic with a wonderful shower. You have a front porch overlooking the river filled with birds and animals. I had an elephant come down one night and a hippo another. The dining area also has a great view of the river. The food was good and they accommodated my dietary needs. The staff was fantastic.



A wonderful place to be.
After a long travel from Mikumi to Ruaha we were really surprised about this lodge. It was like a dream - the kindness of the staff, the area and the sight from the lodge to the river. We enjoyed every minute there and after long safari trips every meal - especially the lunch in the area with the beautiful sight which is situated a little higher.

We have seen a group of elephants directly in front of our room. When we were sitting on our balcony, they were about 2 metres from us.

We love this place and probably will come back!

~ 11/11/2021

Philipp J

Trip Advisor

'Uniquely situated on the banks of the Ruaha River'

Uniquely situated on the banks of the Ruaha River, the beautifully decorated and spacious chalets have amazing views of the river and all the wildlife that call the river home.
From the deck of our chalet literally built on the water's edge, we could enjoy the noisy interaction of the hippos, the coming and going of giraffes and antelopes on the opposite bank, the nesting of birds on a tree standing in the middle of the water and the tranquillity of this amazing, magical world
We had never before seen the river so full. It was an incredible sight.
As we have lived in East Africa most of our lives, we knew that during the rains in April, visiting the Park was definitely not the best time, to say the least. The thick vegetation and the abundancy of water would make for poor wildlife sightings, but, it was our only chance of going this year, so we had to go!!
And so it was. The game was few and hard to find but lovely Ruaha River Lodge, the friendly and efficient staff and the mighty Ruaha River made our trip worthwhile.

~ 25/10/2021


Ruaha River Lodge

Unforgettable expereince, loved every minute
I loved my stay at Ruaha River Lodge - spent 3 nights there as part of my Southern Tanzania trip.
It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited ( and I spent most of my adult life in Africa and seen a lot of amazing places). The guest bungalows are right on the river bank, so that you can sit on your deck and watch dozens of hippos in the water, or elephants, giraffes and even lions coming to the river ( haven't seen the latter but heard the roar). I wish I had booked an additional day just to do that, my only regret.
The bungalows are well designed and very comfortable, with good natural ventilation. I also loved the evenings around the campfire, where you can talk to the other guests and share your experiences. Or just marvel at the sky bright with starlight, and listen to hippos coming out for grazing. I cannot wait to go back to Ruaha NP, and spend another few unforgettable days at River Lodge.


Trip Advisor

Awesome Location!!!
An amazing hotel right on the river's edge, with spacious rooms and views. We saw hippos, elephants, giraffes, and antelopes sitting on our terrace!
The staff are very friendly and accommodating, and cater to all your requests. We had young kids, and grandparents, the staff was so patient with all their demands and needs.
The food was fresh and tasty, with a good selection.
We were celebrating a birthday and James decored the area for us beautifully.
We spend 2 nights there, it was absolutely the best experience.
Definitely recommended!!


Trip Advisor

Ruaha is a bit of a secret which means it's quiet...on safari you are mainly out on your own with your fantastic guide and driver...hunting with your eyes and camera. Exciting!



To have wildlife literally on your doorstop without having to go on a game drive was wonderful: one day we just sat on our verandah watching a herd of 30 elephants drinking at the river opposite.

Liz B


Exactly what we were hoping for - sitting on the terrace overlooking the river watching hippos, elephants, impala etc . The drives were top quality with the driver and guide so knowledgeable. Top marks to the chef for such quality food in such a location!