Tanzania National Parks and Attraction destination
Tanzania Northern Tourist Circuit
The first view takes your breath away. Ngorongoro is the world's largets volcanic unbroken caldera collapsed many years ago. it is 250 square kilometers and 23 kilometers wide. The crater has an average depth of 600 meters. Its spectacular setting and abundance of wildlife combine to make it a wonder of the natural world. The crater alone has over 20,000 large animals including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino. Animals are free to leave or enter the crater but most of them stay because of the plentiful water and food available on the crater floor throughout the year. For the best viewing and photography, approach the animals slowly and quietly for the best and memorable photos.The open grassland covers most of the floor.
Grass fees most of the 20,000 large grazing animals mainly wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelles and many smaller ones such as mice and grasshoppers. All these animals in the turn support large predators such as lions, hyenas smaller ones such as jackals and birds of prey.The soda lake (Lake makat) is filled by the munge river. It is a great attractions for flamingoes and other water birds which come to feed here. Predators hide in the marsh to ambush the large animals that come to drink from the pools and river. In the sever dry season, the lake often dries up completely.Swamps: The most of the large animals in the crater depend on swamps for fresh water and reserve food supplies. Elephants feed on the giant sedges and hippos wallow in the pools. Smaller creatures such as frogs, and several cats find food and shelter in the tall grass.Leral forest: Leral ' is a maasai word for yellow barked acacia or fever tree. The small forest patches on the crater floor, are homes to monkeys, baboons, bushbucks, elephants and rhinos. Book Now
Serengeti National Park
Declared by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites, the Serengeti National Park at 14,700 sq km is
undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and
breathtaking display of wildlife everywhere. Known by the Maasai people as “siringit—endless plains”, it is a land of vast grassland plains, acacia-studded savannas, wooded hills and mountains. Contiguous with the Massai Mara Park on the Kenyan side of the border, the Serengeti Park is one of the world's greatest wildlife refuges. At any point in time, the park's vast grassland plains and savannas are speckled with herds of grazing zebras, giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest and topi. The acacia forests abound with birds and monkeys; elephants and buffaloes in the swamps; and rivers brimming with hippos and crocodiles. The Seronera Valley is famous for its abundant lions and leopards.
The Serengeti is an African paradise that contains one of the oldest eco-systems on earth. Interesting features such as the fauna, climate and vegetation have barely changed in the past million years. The plains are most famous as a stage for the great wildebeest migration, estimated to include over a million wildebeest and around 200,000 zebra, however, when witnessing this magical event there do seem to be far greater numbers. These great herds are engaged in a never ending journey through diverse landscapes, so strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, pride of lion or crocodile infested river can hold them back.
The Serengeti National Park is broadly divided into three distinct areas, the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Northern Lobo area that extends northwards to join the Maasai Mara. Top Book Now
Lake Manyara National Park
Covering about 330km², of which two-thirds is underwater, Lake Manyara National Park is a small park but very beautiful and contains tremendous diversity of habitats, animals and especially birds. The Park is located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, and offers excellent game-viewing and birdlife. The landscape is so diverse that its mammal and bird lists are some of the most impressive in Tanzania. The park includes a significant portion of the lake and its shores and also large areas of ground water forest with fig and mahogany trees alternating with acacia woodland and open swamplands.
Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, breathtaking views and incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and amazing numbers of birds. Lake Manyara's game includes buffalo and wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, Kirk's dik-dik, waterbuck near some of the springs, and klipspringer on the slopes of the escarpment. The Park has a large elephant population and is most famous for its tree-climbing lion. Very obvious are the huge troops of baboons – which often number in several hundred and are widely regarded as Africa's largest.
The park provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania's birdlife. The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life; more than 400 species have been recorded. These include thousands of pink-hued flamingos as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants, herons, egrets, stilts, stalks, spoonbills and yellow-billed storks. Top Book Now
Tarangire National Park
Covering an undulating 2,600km², Tarangire National Park stands between the plains of the Maasai Steppe to the south-east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Much of the park is grassland together with swamplands and flood plains, which feed the Tarangire River. Large baobab trees, particularly in the northern section of the park, stand dotted across the landscape dominating the scenery. Many of the trees are hundreds of years old. Elsewhere there is acacia woodland, open bush and groves of palm trees.
Tarangire National Park contains nine different vegetation zones, each supporting distinct types of wildlife. The park is named after the Tarangire River that runs through the center of the park providing the only permanent water source in the area. During the dry season, the river serves water to large elephant herds, lions, cheetahs and leopards, zebra, klipspringer, dikdik, kudus and oryx, warthogs, hyenas, and African wild dogs, and the gentle giraffe, harems of baboons, hippos. Water levels remain high enough to make the river a permanent source of water. Top Book Now
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is about 30KM from Arusha city (the closest national park) - Northern Tourist Portal and the main tourism block in Tanzania. It is also almost 40-minutes drive from from Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is a good tourist point for acclimatization before going to climb mount Kilimanjaro or touring other big tourists locations in Tanzania. It is a good place to visit for people who are at hurry, and no enough time to visit other remote parks. The parkis dominated by forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colorful turacos and trogons. It is the only place on this end where the acrobatic black-and-white colubus monkeys are easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog. In the north, there are grassy hills dominated with the beauty of the Momela Lakes. There area is also shaded pink with thousands of flamingos, the lakes contain rich selection waterfowl, waterbucks, giraffes, pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik, leopards and hyenas. The park also hosts the third highest volcanic peak in Africa, Mount Meru at 4,566 meters (14,990 feet) - that dominates the park's horizon. Top Book Now
Tanzania Southern Tourist Circuit
Selous Game Reserve
The Selous, occupying an enormous land area of 5500 sq km, is the largest Game Reserve in Africa. The reserve is one of Africa's greatest wilderness, where the forest and bust are untamed and the animals unmolested by man. The Rufiji River system which flows through the reserve, flooding it during the rain season, further limits human trespass into this animal kingdom which boasts of over a million wild animals including some of the biggest population of elephants in the world.
Other species commonly seen are lion, wild dog, buffalo, bush buck, impala, warthog, leopard, hartebeest, wildebeest, sable antelope, reedbuck, waterbuck, giraffe, eland, baboon, zebra, geaterkudu and the countless hippos and crocodiles which flock the Rufiji river(the greatest in East Africa). Walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger can be together with game drivers and boat trips. The best time to visit the reserve is from June to October. Top Book Now
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa. It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square kilometre (47,000 square mile) tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centrepiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains. Lions survey their grassy kingdom – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it – from the fl attened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favoured also by Mikumi’s elephants. Criss crossed by a good circuit of game viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders. More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colourful common residents as the lilac breasted roller, yellow throated longclaw and bateleur eagle joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever changing cast of waterbirds. Top Book Now
Udzungwa Mountains National Park
The Udzungwa Mountains National Park is in south-central Tanzania and the newest of East Africa's parks...The park, commissioned in 1992, harbors plant species found nowhere else in the world, including the tiny African violet...The forest covers a substantial range in altitude creating quite a diversity of vegetation...This is how several species of primates, including the Iringa Colobus monkey and Sanje mangabey, are able to coexist here...The forest also harbors an amazing array of birdlife, including three just discovered in the 1980's; a new species of cisticola, a new weaver, and the rufous-winged sunbird.
The park's plateau is bordered on the north by the Great Ruaha River and contains populations of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and wild dog...The best time to visit is September to December. Top Book Now
Ruaha National Park
This relatively new and undisturbed park is one of Tanzania's largest elephant sanctuaries. Its name derives from the great Ruaha River which flows along its entire eastern border creating spectacular gorges and scenery. Hippos, crocodiles and fish inhabit the river.
The park is rich in all forms of wildlife except some of the typical plains animals such as Thomson's gazelle, wildebeest and topi whose range does not extend into this area. A fine network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries, where , during the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water. And the risk is considerable: not only from the prides of 20-plus lion that lord over the savannah, but also from the cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in tangled riverine thickets. This impressive array of large predators is boosted by both striped and spotted hyena, as well as several conspicuous packs of the highly endangered African wild dog.
Ruaha's unusually high diversity of antelope is a function of its location, which is transitional to the acacia savannah of East Africa and the miombo woodland belt of Southern Africa. Grant's gazelle and lesser kudu occur here at the very south of their range, alongside the miombo-associated sable and roan antelope, and one of East AfricaÆs largest populations of greater kudu, the park emblem, distinguished by the male's magnificent corkscrew horns. A similar duality is noted in the checklist of 450 birds: the likes of crested barbet, an attractive yellow-and-black bird whose persistent trilling is a characteristic sound of the southern bush, occur in Ruaha alongside central Tanzanian endemics such as the yellow-collared lovebird and ashy starling. Top Book Now
TANZANIA BEACH VACATION AND HOLIDAYS
Zanzibar Beach Holiday
Zanzibar's brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing. The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life,
At the northern tip of the island is Nungwi, approached by a road lined by banana palms, mangroves and coconut trees. This is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar island, so it is a good place to see traditional craftsmen at work. A short walk from Nungwi is the Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, an eco-tourism oriented resort with an unspoilt beach, and peace and relaxation on tap! It also offers a variety of watersports and a fully equipped dive centre which specialises in trips to the spectacular Mnemba Atoll.
On the west coast of Zanzibar, Mangapwani beach is worth a visit, and to the east are the beaches of Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani.