Saturday, June 13, 2009
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
The eco-system of the Ruaha National park with a natural vegetation, it was in the evening time when the photograph was taken and the animals were rarely seen around
Ruaha national park provides the great source of river Ruaha, and the Mzombe river forms the park’s northern boundary and also flows into Mtera dam. Mtera together with Kidatu dam further downstream were created in the late 1970s and early 1980s to provide electricity for Dar es Salaam and most of Tanzania. Below Kidatu, the great Ruaha then joins Rufiji river sand flows through the Selous game reserve and into the Indian Ocean 150 km south of Dar es Salaam city. In recent years, the great Ruaha river has stopped flowing towards the end of the dry season and is reduced to pools which teem with fish, crocodiles and hippos. The reduced fliw is of concern to everyone from conservationists to users of electricity throughout Tanzania and is currently under investigation by several cooperating agencies. With the onset of the rains, the river is transformed to a wide and a fast flowing body of water peaking in April.