Tarangire River bisects this park from north to south, providing a year round source of water for the resident wildlife. The park is uniquely beautiful, dotted with fat chunky baobab and elegant acacia trees. Wildlife is plentiful and includes vast herds of elephant as well as lion, leopard, graceful impala, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, giraffe, gazelle, gerenuk, lesser kudu and the beautiful fringe-eared oryx among many others. You may be lucky to spot the tree-climbing python for which the park is famous, or the roan antelope which are rare species in Northern Tanzania. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Park.
Arusha national park is an interesting area located on the side of Mount Meru which, with thick forested slopes, rises dramatically into the sky exposing its extinct volcanic cone. In the forests live the shy Duiker, Bush buck and the rare Colobus monkey while around the lakes and swamps Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Elephant, Giraffe and Buffalo are resident. The beautiful Marinas trogon is found in the forests, as is the crowned hawk eagle, the African broad bill and the broad ringed white eye.
Patched on the top of the Rift Valley escarpment between lake Manyara and Serengeti is this wonder of the world. Ngorongoro crater was an active volcano some 3 million years ago. Its cone collapsed leaving a sunken caldera of 311 sq km, making it one of the largest craters in the world. The magic comes from its sheer physical beauty and stunning panoply of wildlife that roam its floor. The 2000ft descent into the crater reveals a sight of unequalled grandeur.
The world’s highest free standing mountain and Africa’s highest (5895 meters) dominates this area of mountain rain forest, scrub, alpine moorlands, and ice fields. The mountain can be climbed by any fit person, although the altitude is often more of a hindrance than the stiffness of the climb.
This is one of the areas to visit when staying at the Tanzanian coast – Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. The area is easily accessible by scheduled air and by road from Dar es Salaam. Mikumi is the fourth largest park in Tanzania and only a few hours drive from Dar es Salaam. Its proximity to Dar es Salaam and the amount of wildlife that live within its borders makes Mikumi National Park a popular option for weekend visitors from the city, or for business visitors who don’t have long to spend on an extended safari itinerary. Mikumi’s principal feature is the flood plain of the Mkata River. Large herds of Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Hippo and a great variety of rare Antelope species such as the greater Kudu, Sable antelope and Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest live in this park. Birdlife is extremely varied with many colorful and interesting species not found in the northern parks.
This is one of the areas to visit when staying at the Tanzanian coast – Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. The area is easily accessible by scheduled air from Dar es Salaam and is serviced by permanent camps and lodges.
With 45,000 square kilometers, Selous is not only Africa’s largest game reserve but is also the oldest.
Due to its remote location, and because it is most easily accessible only by small aircraft, the Selous Game Reserve has remained one of the untouched gems of Tanzania’s national parks and game reserves, and offers visitors a chance to see a wild and expansive Africa far from paved roads and curio shops.
Covered by woodlands with grassy flood plains and dense forest patches, the park provides home for large herds of Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Hippo, where in fact the elephant herds are the largest in Africa.
This is one of the areas to visit when staying at the Tanzanian coast – Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. The area is easily accessible by daily scheduled air from Dar es Salaam and is serviced by permanent camps and lodges.
The Great Ruaha River is the main feature of the park, and meanders through its borders. On its banks, the game viewing is spectacular, whether done by land or by water. Hippos yawn under the midday sun and crocodiles lie lazily along the banks. Fish eagles dive and swoop along the riverbanks, and at night the sound of frogs croaking happily in the reeds extends across the hills and plains. Boating safaris are popular and provide an excellent alternative to viewing the area by car.
Because of its rather remote location, Ruaha National Park is largely unexplored. Because of this, a safari to the national park often has the feel of a private adventure and a unique experience. For the intrepid wilderness lover and the avid safari explorer, a trip to Ruaha is uniquely rewarding and a perfect piece of Africa.
This small park adjoins a portion of the southern section of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. Although a very arid area, with open plains, thorn bush and isolated rocky hills, it is the home to elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, Oryx and lesser kudu as well as other lesser game. Bird life is particularly interesting.
Lake Manyara national park is known for its distinct eco-zones of ground water forest with towering mahogany and fig trees, extensive marshland and reeds, plains of open grassland on the precipitous face of the Rift wall and Acacia woodland. The result is a large variety of game in one small area including Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Bush buck and Impala among many. A unique attraction in lake Manyara national park however, is the legendary tree climbing Lions. Leopard and Rhino are also resident here. The lake itself is home to an array of bird species and hippo.
Covering tens of thousands of square kilometers, this is Tanzania’s largest park - a symbol of African wildlife and primeval beauty. In the Maasai language, the name Serengeti means ‘endless plains’. Huge herds of Wildebeest and Zebra dominate the park and their seasonal migration to and from Maasai Mara in Kenya provides an unequalled wildlife spectacle. The predator population cannot be overlooked. Naturally, with such a big number of the plains game providing a sufficient food supply, the predators thrive here. It is not unusual to see 40 or more lions in a day’s game viewing.
The larger area of Serengeti is covered by vast open plains with lofty rocky outcrops, called Kopjes. The other areas are covered by acacia, savannah woodland, scrub, forested and mature treed rivers, an occasional swamp and small lakes ‘here and there’. The park ranges in altitude from 910 meters up to 1,820 meters. True eye-catching beauty, immortalized in the film “Serengeti shall not die.”