Tanzania Parks

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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Serengeti National Park is located 3335km north of Arusha.  Serengeti is the most famous National Park in Tanzania and consistently ranked as one of the best national parks in the entire world. It is home of the world-famous Great Wildebeest Migration, zebras, hyenas, lions, elephants, hippos, antelopes, and many more wildlife.   Serengeti National Park is the farthest of the northern circuit parks from Arusha, but mostly the first inclusion on any safari itinerary due. With its sweeping savanna plains, towering rocky hills, and seemingly unending skies - the Serengeti is as much a stunning landscape as it is a place to see Africa's most iconic animals.

The Serengeti offers outstanding year round game-viewing, but is particularly popular during the Great Wildebeest Migration when some 1.7 million wildebeest and another 500,000 zebras cross the Serengeti on their way to the Masai Mara. The Wildebeest Migration sees almost 2 million wildebeest move across the Serengeti in one of nature's most memorable displays.

Between January and March, the southern Serengeti region of Ndutu plays host to the calving season in which hundreds of thousands of young wildebeest take their first stumbling steps while hungry predators watch on. April and May see the vast herd making its way across the Serengeti, and offers fantastic opportunities to see this truly colossal herd in motion. June and July are the most popular time to see the Wildebeest Migration, as the herd must cross the Grumeti and Mara rivers to reach their goal. The river crossings are not only hindered by the fast moving rivers, but also the crocodiles lurking in the shallows and the predators that constantly harry the rear of the herd. In December, it is possible to view the herd as it makes its way south once more to return to the Ndutu region for another calving season.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest game reserve, covering 50,000 square kilometers.  It is one of favorite game viewing areas in Africa and is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa.  The Selous is a superb safari destination for both family safaris and African honeymoons, all the better for the ease of getting there and the lack of crowds.  The park has the widest diversity of safari activities in the country, offering the boating safaris as well as standard game drives, walking safaris and legendary fly camping trips.

The Northern section of Selous is home to a network of channels and lagoons that run off the Rufiji River.  This lush landscape provides a water supply for the region’s game and towards the end of the dry season the concentration of animals around these water sources is phenomenal.  It is here, around the river and lakes, that the majority of the camps are based; successfully relying on the animal’s need for water to provide game viewing areas.  Elephant, buffalo and lion are ‘arguably’ found in no greater numbers year round anywhere on the planet. 

July through mid November is the peak season, when the dry season is raging and all the game homes in on the few permanent water sources. Sheer volume of game are witnessed putting most park in Africa to shame Selous is regarded as the true stronghold for African wild dog, a phenomenon that draws tourists.

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region. A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is an experience of a lifetime, with wildlife densities which is unmatchable.  It is possible to see the “Big Five” in one day, which is not very common. Ngorongoro has the most amazing setting with a backdrop of the 600m/1,968ft-high crater wall.
The Ngorongoro Crater offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. All the major safari animals occur in great numbers. The resident population of black rhino is a real treat, as rhino are very difficult to spot elsewhere in Tanzania. The crater is also home to some very impressive elephant bulls with huge tusks 
Best time to visit is between June to September for general wildlife viewing, with high season being  throughout the year and crowns between July to March.
Besides the well-known crater, The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as a whole, is stunningly beautiful, worth visiting.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Lake Manyara National Park is located in the northern part of Tanzania,126 kilometers west of Arusha Town and  one of Tanzania’s smaller parks. The Park size is 330 square kilometers of which 220 sq kilometers form a lake when the water levels become high in the rainy season.  Its vegetation is diverse, ranging from savannah to marsh to evergreen forest (11 ecosystems in all) and it supports one of the highest biomass densities of large mammals in the world. The chance to see elephant families moving through the forest or Lake Manyara's famous population of tree-climbing lions (although sighting them is becoming increasingly rare) are alone reason enough to come.

July to March is high season and the park is very crowded especially in the mornings. April and May describes the low season.  June to October usually have few rains hence with the best weather whereas the worst weather is expected in March and April which is the peak of the wet season. June to September offers the best time to go as it is easier to view animals then.

Lake Manyara has a big number of elephants, so many giraffes; zebras wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, and warthog, small known shy Kik’s dik dik as well as Klipspringer along the ramps of the escarpment. Leopards are hosted within the broken forests and escarpment, healthy lions that are widely known for their tree climbing pranks.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, it is located in Manyara Region, covering an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. Tarangire National Park, is often described as Tanzania's most underrated national park, Tarangire is one of Africa's little-known gems and a must for any northern circuit itinerary.

Boasting a variety of wildlife as diverse as its landscape, Tarangire is also the park boasts as being home to Tanzania's largest population of African elephants, with four of the “Big Five”  residing within the park..

Best time to visit the park is both during wet and dry season as the park is beautiful throughout. The park is an excellent choice during the dry season, from August to October when animals are forced to move closer and closer to the river in search of water.

ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar is an exquisite jewel  set in the Indian Ocean, a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Zanzibar (Ungujain Swahili), is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. The northern villages Nungwi and Kendwa have wide beaches lined with hotels era.  Zanzibar is famous for its outstanding beaches, and for its spices and the slave trade of the 19th century. 

The  island is around 40mks across and 100kms from north to south at its widest points. It features white outstanding beaches along its eastern shores, flanked by barrier reefs, and the UNESCO World heritage site of Stone Town on its western edge.  Zanzibar  is fairly narrow, with a ridge running through its middle from north to south. Along its eastern coastline runs a protective barrier reef and then the Indian Ocean. This is where the best beaches are located, all with coral white sand and gently lapping waters. Zanzibar Island offers a unique combination of outstanding beaches, along its eastern edge, interesting activities, such as visiting a working spice farm, and the cultural delights of Stone Town. You cannot exhaust all the activities…

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