The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, the largest National Parkin Tanzania, located in the middle of Tanzani, about 130 kilometers from Iringa town. Referred to as Tanzania’s “ecological backbone”, the Great Ruaha river originates in the Kipengere mountains and stretches roughly 84,000 kilometres, flowing through the wetlands of the Usangu valley and the Ruaha national park, eventually emptying into the Rufiji river.