Tanzania National Parks
With its vast choices of attractions, there is definitely many choices for Tanzania safari tours destinations. From the rich culture of the people to the scenic physical features, there is a lot to see in this country. Interact with the Maasai and the Samburu in the beautiful rift valley before taking a trip to the warm coastal region to enjoy the sandy beaches. The friendly people and the amazing wildlife make it a good place to go for an adventure. The annual Wildebeest Migration at the Masai Mara is a natural cycle that replenishes the grasslands of East Africa and more so, Kenya is a gold mine for world beating champion athletes and runners.
Arusha National Park
Once described as a “little gem” the park is relatively unknown game park in Northern Tanzania, lies between the peaks of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro at an altitude of over 5,000 feet. Three distinct ecosystems define the park: the enchanting miniature Ngurdoto Crater where Cape buffalo dot the swampy floor from a view at the rim, Momella Lakes with their prolific birdlife, Mt. Meru Crater with its heavy concentration of wildlife. The park is also home to Colobus Monkey, many giraffe, bush buck and elephant. Since it is close to Arusha it is often the first park you will visit on your safari.
Lake Manyara National Park
This park is set along the lake shore between the 2,000 foot escarpment and the Great Rift Valley. It’s beautifully forested acacia woodlands provide prime real estate for its famous tree climbing lions. Set between the edge of the Great Rift Valley and the lake, this park is best known for its bird life and tree climbing lions.
The Park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush forest, home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. Well known for its birds like the Crested Eagle, it also is home to other animals including Impala, Elephant, and buffalo, giraffe, hippo, Lions.
At the entrance of the park, you drive through beautiful forested areas where you are likely to see baboons and elephant. Then along the shore of the lake you may see large gatherings of water buffalo, giraffe and zebra.
Ngorongoro Crater & Conservancy
Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The crater rim rises 7,500 feet, where the lodges are superbly perched, above sea level. The perennial swamps a very important migratory point for flamingo which storm a constant shimmering pink haze with permanent water sources, the lush crater floor supports a population of over 30,000 game animals including the black rhino and birds,
The crater is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation area where Maasai herdsmen freely wander with their cattle. The crater has a surprising number of ecosystems within it. Including the Acacia Forest, where huge bull elephants descent from the slopes, hippo pools, open savannah, and the dense jungle of the slopes.
Kilimanjaro National Park
Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa but also one of the most unique environments on the planet. From the glaciers and strange ice formations of the summit, to the prehistoric plant life of the upper slopes and down to the tropical jungle of the foothills, Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable experience.
While on top of the Mountain during day, one can witness the 5 zones of the National Park. There are five routes to the summit, the most popular being the Marangu route.
Tarangire National Park
The name “Serengeti”means endless plain in the native Maasai tribe. This park is home to great migration between August to mid-October. The Park covers a massive area of 9,173 miles. This is the largest national park in Tanzania and with no doubt the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world.
The Park is 335 kms from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west. The vegetation is grassy plains, savannah with acacias, wooded hills and mountains are the backdrops for an extraordinary concentration of animals which reaches its peak during the wildebeest migration. The Migration takes place between December to May in the south of the park and from June to October to the west and the north side of the park. During migration, it is an ideal time to see the Cats within the park.
Over three million animals inhabit these rolling grasslands, which the Maasai people call Siringet, to mean “endless plains”. The area is the starting point for the Great Migration. Usually during grazing, the Wildebeest move westwards first and finally when they have exhausted the grazing lands, they turn north east in a stampede not stopping until reaching the broad Mara river as they enter into the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.
Serengeti National Park
The Park has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti environ. The river, Tarangire provides water year round for the numerous species that inhabit this area. Including herds of up to 300 elephant! Tarangire is at its most spectacular during the dry season, between June and October, when it plays host to many thousands of animals which migrate from the jejune tracks of southern Maasai land to revel in the last remaining flood waters of the Tarangire River. The Park covers an area of 2,600 sq. kms. and has an altitude of 1,100m.Spread across a region of great natural beauty, Tarangire is home to a rich kaleidoscope of creatures. Of special interest is the presence of both greater and lesser kudu, lion, eland, Oryx and the long-necked gerenuk. The Park is also noted for magnificent baobab trees, its tree climbing pythons and rich birdlife.