Tanzania Safari Destinations
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti covers 14,763 sq km, is flourishing with magnificent wildlife. It lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, and the Great Rift Valley to the east. As such, it offers the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on earth.
The park features endless rolling plains and is contiguous with Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. Serengeti is known as one of the best wildlife sanctuary in the world and an estimated 3 million large animals roam the plains. On it its vast, treeless plains are tens of thousands of hoofed animals, constantly on the move in search of fresh grassland. One of the Serengeti’s main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest herds in search for better grazing. Every October and November, more than 1.5 millions of wildebeest and zebras travel from the northern hills to the southern plains for the tropical rains, and then journey west and north after the long rains from April to June.
Wildlife Attractions in Serengeti
A unique combination of diverse habitats enables it to support more than 30 species of large herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds. Its landscape, originally formed by volcanic activity, has been sculptured by the concerted action of wind, rain and sun. It now varies from open grass plains in the south, savanna with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west. Small rivers, lakes and swamps are scattered throughout. In the south-east rise the great volcanic massifs and craters of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Each area has its own particular atmosphere and wildlife. Kopjes which provide habitats to different animals. The Serengeti boasts large herds of antelope including Patterson’s eland, zebra, gazelles, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, impala, and large herds of giraffes. Nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded in the park. The Serengeti is an opportunity for one of the best game viewing in Africa.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) was established in 1959. It is located 156 kilometers west of Arusha. Ngorongoro and it covers an area of 8300sq/km. Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) it boasts of the finest blend of mountain landscapes shaped by rifts and volcanoes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa. The concept of multiple land use in a conservation perspective is a deviation from a traditional approach (National Parks & Game Reserves) of regarding conservation as complete absenteeism of human Interference.
The NCA becomes one of the first program in the world to pioneering experiment in multiple land use for the benefits of both Maasai people and wildlife in a natural traditional setting. NCA is often called ‘African Eden’ and the ‘Eight Wonder of the Natural World’. Traditional African pastoralists co-operate with Tanzania’s government bodies to help preserve the natural resources of the area and to ensure a fantastic experience for Tourists. Ngorongoro is the World Heritage Site and has also been declared an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, due to its outstanding wildlife and cultural value.
Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It is also known as the collapsed volcano, this natural amphitheater has 250 square kilometers and is 23 km wide. The crater has very steep walls with an average depth of 600 meters at an altitude of 2,286 m above sea level. The crater alone has over 20,000 large animals (half of them zebra & wildebeest). This includes some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos. Animals are free to leave or enter the crater but most of them stay because of the abundance of water and food available in the crater floor throughout the year. One animal lacking inside the crater though is giraffe, which cannot negotiate the steep walls easily.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara was once a famous hunting ground, now it is one of Tanzania’s most attractive sanctuaries. Nestling into the steep Rift Valley wall, this shallow alkaline lake is surrounded by ancient Baobab trees, a ground water forest of fig and mahogany, and open grasslands. A wealth of surprisingly varied vegetation sustains a wealth of wildlife, nourished by chattering streams bubbling out of the escarpment base and waterfalls spilling over the cliff. Deep in the south of the park, hot springs bubble to the surface in the shadow of the escarpment. Hippo wallows near the lake’s borders of sedge. Two famous spectacles in Lake Manyara National Park are the tree-climbing lions, which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of acacia trees six to seven meters above ground, and tree climbing pythons. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment the park is noted for its incredible beauty. As visitors enter the gate they pass into the lush forest, home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. Further along, the forest opens up to the woodlands, grassland, swamps, and beyond, the soda lake itself, covering 390 sq km and sanctuary to over 400 species of bird including flamingo, pelican, storks, sacred ibis, cormorants, and Egyptian geese. The park is particularly noted for its huge herds of buffaloes and elephants. Also represented here are giraffes, impala, hippos, and a great variety of smaller animals.
Arusha National Park
The acrobatic black and white Colobus monkeys welcome you as you pass through Arusha’s main entrance gate. From the lush green swamps surrounded by thick forest in the Ngurdoto Crater, up through the scenic beauty of the Momela Lakes, each a startlingly different hue, through to the chilly alpine-like tundra on Mount Meru, Arusha National Park is a gem of a park, although very accessible, it is surprisingly not heavily visited by tourists. Explore the diverse and changing landscapes, hike along scenic mountain and forest trails and view huge masses of wildlife in this quaint and charming park.
There are three major attractions in the park. First is the Ngurdoto Crater, which is sometimes called “mini Ngorongoro”. Secondly, there are the Momella lakes, which are shallow alkaline lakes that get their water from underground streams. Finally, there is the spectacular Meru Crater. Mount Meru (14,990 feet) is described as “one of the most rewarding mountains to climb in Africa”. Visitors can climb the mountain, or organize walking safaris. The park also provides great views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru on clear days. The remain of a large volcano, the Ngurdoto Crater is a steep-sided bowl of lush swamps and riverine forest, which is home to elephant, buffalo, warthog, baboon, reedbuck, Colobus monkeys, and duikers. Mosses, ferns, lichens, and orchids thrive in the damp atmosphere of the crater, giving way to huge mahogany, olive, and date palm trees on the drier crater walls. The tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes brings to the park a wide variety of bird life (over 380 species) including flamingos, waterfowl, African pochard, ibis, heron, egrets, colorful turacos, and trogons. The rocky crags of Mount Meru see a large number of birds of prey and you may be lucky enough to spot lammergeyers, a large, rare bird of prey, floating on the up draughts from the crater. Other game includes hippo, giraffe, zebra, antelope, blue monkey, dik-dik, reedbuck, klipspringers, leopard, and spotted hyena.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Lying in Tanzania’s Manyara Region, Tarangire National Park covering up an undulating 2,600 Kms² is one of the magical spots to visit in Tanzania. Acquiring its name from the primary water source of the region the Tarangire River the national park is home to many dazzling wildlife. A great part of this Tanzania Destinations is plain together with swamplands and flood fields, which feed the Tarangire River. Extensive baobab trees, especially in the Northern segment of the park, stand spotted over the scene overwhelming the view. A considerable lot of the trees are several years of age. Somewhere else there is acacia forest, open bramble and forests of palm trees. This is the park where safari goers come to truly experience Tanzania Safari Tours.
Offering 9 diverse vegetation zones the national park allows different wildlife residing in the various vegetation zones. The Tarangire National Park is named after the Tarangire River that goes through the focal point of the park giving the main perpetual water source in the zone. Amid the dry season, the stream serves water to expansive elephant crowds, lions, cheetahs and leopards, zebra, klipspringer, dik, kudus and oryx, warthogs, hyenas, and African wild canines, and the delicate giraffe, groups of concubines of monkeys, hippos. Water levels stay sufficiently high to make the waterway a perpetual wellspring of water. At its best, the amusement in Tarangire can be phenomenal. Especially vast number of elephant groups that assemble here, as do numerous wildebeest and zebra. There are likewise huge populace of impala, giraffe, eland and wild ox. Thompson’s gazelle, Coke’s hartebeest, bohor reedbuck and both more noteworthy and lesser kudu are found here. Lion are regular all through Tarangire, as are leopard, while cheetahs appear to support the more open territories of the South. Spotted hyenas are dependably near, and while African wild canines do in some cases go through; sightings of them are uncommon.
The Tarangire National Park’s another prime attraction are the tree climbing lions along with the African pythons who are known for residing in trees, and enormous groups of bison. Large concentration of elephants adds more essence to the wildlife of the national park. The waterway and its encompassing watering gaps additionally pull in various types of feathered creatures to the territory. More than 500 types of winged animals have been recorded in the park, including green wood hoopoes, green and yellow parrots, yellow-caught lovebirds and swallows. This is one of Africa’s little-known gems. The Park offers beautiful perspectives on savannah lands, acacia stands, bunches of baobab trees, and substantial crowds of elephant. Tarangire is the soul of a Tanzania Safari & you can only experience its best with Climb Safe Kilimanjaro
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK FACTS :
- Classic safari experience
- Elephant migration
- Giant baobab trees
- Thrilling walking safaris
- 4 of the Big 5 (no rhino)
REASON FOR CHOOSING TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
- The park is home to more than 550 types of aviary fauna a birdwatcher’s Mecca.
- The dry summer months sea creatures gather around the Tarangire River, promising incredible diversion seeing.
- The recreation center is useful for all year visits on account of its number of perpetual inhabitants, for example, the crowds of elephants thought to be up to 300 in number.
- The recreation centre’s availability to Arusha, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area make it a perfect expansion to Tanzania Safari Packages.
WHAT MAKES TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK UNIQUE?
- Tarangire National Parkis named after the parks sole water source, the Tarangire River.
- It is the only spot in Tanzania where you can recognize the gerenuk.
- There are an expansive number of baobab trees inside the park and in case you’re fortunate you can recognize the tree climbing lions and pythons.
2 DAYS TANZANIA COMFORT SAFARI
A stunning two days of wildlife wonders starts in Arusha and takes in the ‘classic’ destinations of Tarangire, and Ngorongoro.
3 DAYS TANZANIA COMFORT SAFARI
Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife inside a self-contained world teeming with animals.
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Your Tanzania safari will also take you to the Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa.
5 DAYS TANZANIA COMFORT SAFARI
A stunning Five days of wildlife wonders, beginning in Arusha and taking in the ‘classic’ destinations of Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
6 DAYS TANZANIA WONDERFUL SAFARI
This safari tour will also take you to the Serengeti National Park, a massive wilderness of 14500 square km, where every day brings a new landscape and a new adventure.
7 DAYS GREAT MIGRATION SAFARI
Our Great Migration Safari is designed to give you the best what Tanzania has to offer.
8 DAYS CLASSIC TANZANIA SAFARI
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