In the magical world of Tanzania, you can climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, go camping in the Serengeti, try diving off the coast of Zanzibar, or go trekking into the Gombe National Park’s forest to see chimpanzees. All these can just be part of all be a part of an exciting adventure in Africa.
This exotic destination on the eastern coast of Africa, offer some of the world’s most stunning wildlife. There are six national parks that are home to a wide range of flora and fauna that can be explored on a tailored Tanzanian tour, safari, or trekking holiday.
In the north of Tanzania, the plains of the Serengeti are home to the largest concentration of wildlife in the world. The most popular park is home to millions of zebra, gazelle, wildebeests, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, and rhino. Arusha National Park is located just a few hours from Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital. Mount Kilimanjaro, or as the locals call it, Kipoo, is a perfect fit for the determined climber. And while the breathtaking views at the top are priceless, the foot slopes are covered with lush vegetation and are home to the Abbot’s duiker, an endangered antelope. Lake Manyara National Park was described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa.” Located in the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, this park is best known for its baboons and can easily be seen by jeep in just a few short hours.Tarangire National Park is home to large elephant herds, baobab trees, and African pythons. It is named after the Tarangire River and can be explored on a guided walking safari or on a game drive. TheNgorongoro Conservation Area has been called the eighth wonder of the world with landmarks such as Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Meru, and the indigenous, semi-nomadic Maasai people.
Aside from the national parks, the island of Zanzibar offers yet another memorable backdrop for an African vacation. Scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, deep-sea fishing, and a multitude of water sports can create the perfect active, beach holiday.
Some Destinations For your Tanzania Safari
Arusha National Park is located just 25 kilometers from the town of Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital. It is the nearest park to the Kilimanjaro International Airport which makes it an ideal location for a day trip. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, buffalos, leopards, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, waterbucks, wart hogs, and several types of antelope and birds. There are no lions in the park, but leopards can be seen on occasion. Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro are the two prominent landmarks that can be seen from nearly anywhere in the park. read more
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Its distinct snow-covered peak can be seen from 160 km away on a good day. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is a challenge but can be climbed throughout the year, however, it is recommended to avoid attempting the hike during the rainy season. Rainforests are located around the mountains base and are home to elephants, leopards, lions, the Colobus monkey, and lush vegetation. read more
Lake Manyara National Park is perched between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. The park is known for its incredible scenery and is only a two and a half hour drive from Arusha making it yet another perfect candidate for a day trip. The best time to visit if you want to see some of the large mammals is during the dry season of July to October. Tree-climbing lions are one of the parks most well-known attractions and the park has the largest amount of pachyderms per km. sq in Tanzania. read more
Tarangire National Park Upon entering the park, the most striking feature first visible are the baobabs, the giant, majestic tree that speckle the landscape. The Tarangire River is also a prominent feature of the park and supports the dense vegetation that surrounds the river bed. Tarangire’s most impressive attraction however, is the migration of Serengeti animals to the area during the dry season (June to October). During this time, the wildlife migrate to the area in search of water making it the park home to the largest concentration of animals in Tanzania during these months. A few animals to expect to see at the park include hartebeest, wildebeest, elephants, zebras, giraffes, Eland, waterbuck, and gazelles. read more
Ngorongoro Conservation Area has created a beautiful, natural wildlife sanctuary in the world. The crater walls create the world’s largest volcanic caldera. Animals choose to remain in the area because of the ideal conditions and the park has an estimated 25,000 mammals roaming througout the crater. The crater is also home to some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos and giant-tusked elephants. read more