Tanzania - National Parks & Reserves
Tanzania is home to many of nature's most spectacular creations. Among them Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's roof top and the world's highest free standing mountain. The Ngorongoro Crater, the largest crater in the world and a vast amphitheatre
teeming with game. The Serengeti Plains, home to an estimated 3 million animals covering an area of 12.950 square kilometers.
Get closer to wildlife and the local culture and explore from the Serengeti to Kilimanjaro. Tanzania is one of the world's
greatest safari destinations. Known for its rich culture and landscapes, the country boasts a wildlife population that is unparalleled on the African continent.
* Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania's protected areas, which all together make up some 14% of the country's area, a conservation record that few other country's can match.
The Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth and one of the last great migratory systems still intact. It's the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million Wildebeest and about 200.000 Zebras flow South from the Northern hils to the Southern plains for the short rains every october and november and then swirl West and North after the long rains in april, may and june. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
Wildlife: Wildebeest, Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Gazelle, Giraffe, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Aardwolf, Serval, Agama Lizard, Rock Hyrax, Secretary bird, Ostrich, Black Eagle.
* Ngorongoro Conservation Area
A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is an experience of a lifetime. There are few places that have wildlife densities variety on this level. It's not unusual to see the 'Big Five' in one day and all of this in the most amazing setting with a backdrop of the 600m high crater wall. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as a whole, is stunningly beautiful. A side from the wellknown Ngorongoro Crater, Empakaai and Olmoti Craters are scenic highlights as well. Both the Ngorongoro and Empakaai Craters regularly have flocks of flamingos. The forested crater rim of the Ngorongoro Crater is in stark contrast with the crater floor, which consists mostly of grassland. Another feature on the crater floor is Lerai forest, a beautiful atmospheric yellow fever tree forest.
Wildlife: Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Zebra, Gazelle, Black Rhino, Lion, Spotted Hyena, Hippopotamus, Buffalo, Elephant, Mountain Reedbuck, Leopard, Serval, Ostrich, Kori Bustard, Papilio Sjoestedti.
* Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest National Park in Tanzania. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park. The park is famous for its huge number of Elephants, Baobab Trees and tree climbing Lions. The game viewing here from july through to october is super and the atmosphere and habitat is completely different from the other parks. Tarangire is suprisingly large giving visitors the quietest game viewing environment of all the parks in the region.
Wildlife: Oryx, Gerenuk, Elephant, Baobab, Lesser Kudu, African Wild Dog, Lion, Kori Bustard, Hornbill, Ostrich also 550 bird varieties.