Ruaha River Lodge


Ruaha National Park

Accommodation Type

Permanent Lodge

Accommodation Level


Price Guide

Ruaha River Lodge

This was the first lodge to open in Ruaha, and the Fox family picked a fabulous location right on the Ruaha River. This is one of the larger and more down-to-earth places to stay in this park, offering comfort rather than luxury, but it’s a great value base from which to explore this amazing wilderness.

The original camp in the national park and first of the Fox family’s properties, Ruaha River Lodge has a superb location combined with a friendly, low key atmosphere.

Wildlife is the main reason for your stay, and you have the choice of morning and afternoon game drives or spending the whole day in the park, taking a picnic lunch with you. Ruaha has an impressive mix of plains game and predators, making for exciting safaris, all the better due to the scarcity of other vehicles in this remote setting.

The lounge and dining area is constructed from wood, bamboo and stone and is open to the front for river views. A second dining room-cum lounge is on the top on a nearby kopje, often used for sundowner drinks and atmospheric dinners.

In your room there is a shaded deck facing the water from where you can watch animals and birds, and indeed the camp is unfenced so it is not uncommon for elephants to wander past your room!

Ruaha River Lodge is the cheapest place to stay within Ruaha National Park, but don’t assume this means it’s not worth considering. It definitely is.

Times to Go

Ruaha can be visited at any time of year, but wildlife viewing is at its best between June to December, the dry season when water is scarce and known sources attract a range of animal and bird life.

Ruaha River Lodge highlights

  • The original Ruaha lodge
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Watch wildlife from your veranda
  • Spacious, rustic chalets
  • Hilltop sundowners
  • Comfort at a reasonable price

Tanzania Specialists review

Amanda Marks“There is only one lodge in Ruaha that is right next to the river, and that is Ruaha River Lodge. It was the park’s first lodge, so they got pick of the spots, and wow, what a spot! The scenery is stunning here, especially when there is water in the Ruaha River (it mostly dries from about September till the rains begin some time in late November or early December). It’s the least expensive and least luxurious camp in Ruaha so if you’re trying to come here on a budget, this is the camp to choose, but you’ll definitely be getting a priceless location.”

Ruaha River Lodge location

Ruaha River Lodge


  • 24 chalets
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Shaded dining deck
  • Hilltop lounge-diner


  • Half and full day game drives
  • Bush meals
  • Fly camping – dry season (optional)

Ruaha River Lodge rooms

The chalets, which are in a row along the riverbank, are sturdy stone structures, with plenty of space for the beds, chairs, a desk and storage for clothes and luggage.

There is an en-suite bathroom behind the bedroom with twin hand basins, toilet and a shower, and a private deck at the front facing the river.

One of the rooms has a ramp and wide doorways to help with wheelchair access.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Foxes Safari Camps has a charity called Orphans in the Wild which is dedicated to helping children and families hit by HIV and Aids and to improve the health of affected communities as a whole.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.