Despite the fact that Ruaha National Park is one of the least visited, most remote parks in East Africa, Ruaha River Lodge is one of its oldest safari lodges. Originally a hunting camp, the lodge has remained in one family since its inception, a family which also operates farms and tea estates in the relatively nearby highlands to the south. The lodge has been rebuilt a number of times and now is the largest lodge in Ruaha (still small by northern circuit standards). Individual thatched bandas sit along the Great Ruaha River, one of central Africa’s largest sand rivers. Each banda is huge and airy, necessary in this harsh climate. Well furnished, with a huge open shower, each banda has a cozy veranda overlooking the river. Click here for more information.