It is located 625 kms from Dar es Salaam, 300 km from the capital city of Nairobi and covers an area of 12,950 sq. km. It derives its name from the mighty Ruaha River that forms part of its southeastern boundary. Note that Ruaha can only be visited in the dry season July-December. The park’s altitude (750m – 1,900m) creates four different flora zones: river valleys, Savannah’s, moimba woodland and undulating bush country. Over 400 species of birds have been sighted and its breed of large mammals that include; Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Zebras, numerous ‘Plains Game’ Antelopes, the occasional leopards and cheetahs. The river is rich in Hippos and Crocodiles. Since the only lodge is unfenced so wild game roam freely there at night. Olive’s Camp is situated on the border to Tarangire National Park, about a two-hour drive from the parks main gate. The design has been kept as environmentally friendly as possible and the tents have been sited amongst the natural features of this landscape. The Base Camp stays very comfortable in this area for up to six-months. It’s large twin-bedded tents are individually sited and furnished with coffee tables, wooden beds, chairs, wash basins, camp-style wardrobes, and a toilet-shower extension all under a twenty six by twelve foot spread of canvas which includes two covered verandahs. Freshly prepared food is served in the dining tent and cold drinks are available. Camp lighting is subtle, electric twelve-volt inside and hurricane lamps outside.