Tanzania National Parks

Out in the wild.
Tanzania has a beautiful nature and wildlife. From the amazing sightings at Lake Manyara National Park to the extraordinary Great Migration at Serengeti and the mountainous Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, this country any kind of traveller will enjoy.  

Serengeti National Park

Approximately 3 million animals live in the Serengeti National Park. These include almost all East African large animal species. Among other things, the so-called “big five”: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. In addition, the national park is home to over 500 species of birds, including vultures and bouquets. Even reptiles are represented for example by the bands turtle. The largest proportion of our animals, however, represent the vast herds of ungulates. About 1.5 million wildebeest. Over 300,000 zebras and gazelles live a lot in the Serengeti National Park.

The Great Migration

A very special attraction of the Serengeti is the so-called “Great Migration”. The huge herds of wildebeest and zebra Serengeti spend the rainy season in the lush grasslands of the volcanic plain, the Seronera Valley. If the land starts to dry over 2 million ungulates, zebra, gazelle and wildebeest wander to Lake Victoria and thus provide a twice-yearly spectacle of a special kind. These walks have made the National Park became world famous.

Tarangire National Park

Large herds of elephants, wildebeests, zebras and buffalos are on their way through the tree of baobab trees landscape to finally reach the river Tarangire, one of only two permanent water sources in the region. Lions, leopards and gazelles roam the only 2,000 square miles of parkland, the hilly landscape not only beautiful to look at, but also wild and untamed. A special highlight for bird enthusiasts: 500+ species of birds provide the highest concentration in the sky Tanzania. Therefore, we usually take the park in our travel programs, especially from June to November.

Arusha National Park

The Arusha National Park offers a range of varied landscapes of small volcanic craters to mountains and rainforests. Several beautiful crater lakes you can visit in which a large number of hippos enjoying the cool, clear water that flows down from the slopes of Mount Meru. You can take a hike with an armed ranger to take Ngurdoto Crater and Mount Meru Crater. There live animals such as colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, bushbucks, buffalo, red duiker antelopes, hippos, elephants and giraffes. The bird life is extensive, especially many species of water birds can be found here. If you do not have the time for one more day safari after your Kilimanjaro climb, a day trip to Arusha National Park is a good alternative.

Kilimanjaro National Park

With its 5,895m above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the largest free-standing mountain in the world. He is widely considered “the roof of Africa” . He is an active volcano and possesses the highest walkable summit in the world, Uhuru Peak. Visitors who climb the peak, hiking through hot savannah, tropical mountains and finally an arctic moonscape. The landscape is as diverse as the vegetation and depending on which one applies to coffee and banana plantations, giant lobelia and various mosses and lichens; with much luck you may even see an elephant on the higher slopes. The area is since 1921 a wildlife reserve since 1973 and a national park.

Ruaha National Park

The name of the Ruaha National Park from the River Ruaha, which forms its border in the southeastern part of the National Park. The park is part of a larger wide area of ecosystem and is thus part of a larger area relevant for the region, in all respects. A part of the National Park is part of the Great Rift grave breach. In this region of the park is the 300 meter high fracture edge which ensures that during the rainy season here brooks shoot down that are not available at other times. At the same time located in the southern valley a larger valley, on the other hand, bounded on the north by up to 1,800 meters high mountains. Whereby it is also a plateau, which contributes to the appeal of some Ruaha National Park. Particularly noteworthy are the more than 1,400 species of plants that exist to admire in Ruaha National Park. Such abundance of species in the plant world is rarely seen even in Tanzania. Alone with this plant abundance exceeds the Ruaha National Park the much larger Serengeti National Park.

Rubondo Island National Park

In the southwest of Lake Victoria is the Rubondo Iceland National Park, which has an area of 456 km², half of which is water. The almost 90 percent covered by moist forest land area, providing a haven for a diverse and extensive vegetation. While the flora is dominated by jasmine, palm trees and orchids in enormous number, there is wildlife beside hippos, smaller felines and above all Sitatungas also giraffes – elephants – and chimpanzee populations, who were settled in recent years on this island. On the beaches of Rubondo National Parks otters and crocodiles live together with numerous water birds that can be found of which storks and spoonbills in particularly large numbers. This animal and plant diversity is augmented by Eurasian Migratory Birds to thousands a temporary home in Rubondo find National Park each year. But its uniqueness obtains the park primarily for his unprecedented water landscape, which is a paradise for anglers and nature observers from all over the world. To provide lake inhabitants, as the 100-pound Nile perch and other fish species outstanding sources of food for hungry rural residents. The secluded and untouched Rubondo National Park has been supported since 1977 by the Frankfurt Zoological Society and offers an enjoyed has interplay of water and land vegetation as on the African continent in this way is rare.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest enclosed caldera in the world and includes very different habitats such as open savannah, scrub and heathland. On the steep crater walls grows a dense tropical forest. In the caldera all year around 25,000 animals including lions, elephants, buffalos and large herds of wildebeest and zebra live. In the heart of the crater is the white shimmering Lake Magadi, the alkaline water is due to deposits of volcanic ash. In it and its tributaries abound during the rainy season many water birds.

Singita Grumeti Reserves

In the private Grumeti Reserve on the edge of the world famous Serengeti is the Singita Faru Faru Lodge. Built in the style of a classic East African safari camps, it overlooks the Grumeti River and a water hole at which gather regularly wildlife. The 6 luxurious suites are inspired by the influence of the colonial period and can thus also determined revive the spirit of adventure in you. Through a picture window you can enjoy the unobstructed view of the landscape of the Serengeti. Faru Faru Lodge in you as an experienced rider also try horse riding in the Serengeti. A truly unique experience. The reserve covers an area of around 140,000 acres (1,400 km²). It is bordered to the west of the world-famous Serengeti National Park.

Selous Game Reserve

The Selous Game Reserve extends over 50,000 square kilometers to several regions of Tanzania. It thus comprises about five percent of the entire national territory. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa. Thickets to open, grassland stock of trees form the vegetation. However, the main part is attributable to the so-called. Miombo forest. Thanks to the large size of the area all the African animals come here, some go in very large populations, partly in the thousand. The big populations attract many large carnivores. Thus, the existence of the lions is estimated at 3,000-4,000 animals. The stock of African wild dog is nowhere greater than 1,300 animals (as of 1999).

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is located in northern Tanzania. Its input is a 1.5 hour drive (126km) west of Arusha in a newly paved road near the market town of Mto wa Mbu. How the different landscapes of the Lake Manyara National Park – from groundwater forest to the acacia grove, from open grassland to Lake Natron – suggest the park has been an overwhelming animal and bird diversity. The forest is home to baboons and vervet monkeys, the shimmy in mahogany trees from branch to branch, and bushbuck and forest hornbills. In the grasslands buffalo, wildebeest, zebras and giraffes rub elbows and the acacia grove is the favorite place of the famous tree-climbing lions and elephants with their impressive tusks. Black rhinos are among the most frequently observed animals and leopards can spot usually in the early morning or late evening hours. Manyara is famous for its huge variety of birds – there were more than 400 species reported and a visitors can discover over 100 species in a day. At certain times of the lake is besieged by thousands of pink flamingos and pelicans, cormorants and storks.

Katavi National Park

The Katavi National Park (4,500 km²) is very far to the west of Tanzania and is therefore little visited. Those looking for seclusion will find a gem – a park in originality as a hundred years ago was probably anywhere in Africa. During the dry season between June and October, the animals gather especially around the Katuma and Kapapa flow and visitors will have the chance to see large herds of elephant and buffalo along with thousands of zebras and other antelopes. The rivers and seasonal lakes Katavi and Chada are during the rainy season a haven for birds, as well as the Katisunga Floodplain (425 km2), but in the dry season seeps water and hippos and crocodiles have in a confined space in the few remaining water to survive. Fighting between the hippos are then on the agenda. The park is home to about 4,000 elephants 15,000 buffalo being hunted by a number of lion. Other hunters are leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and wild dogs. Zebra, impala, topi, eland, giraffe, waterbuck and bushbuck inhabit the park, even the rare sable antelope and horses are available.

Gombe National Park

Among the most important destinations in the Kigoma region is predominantly the Gombe Stream National Park. This nature reserve protects an approximately 15 km long strip tropical rainforest along the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Founded in this park, with its steep slopes and narrow river valleys mid-1960s, the trees since 1943 has been under protection. Due to its large populations of different human primate species, including Chimpanzees researchers can still find ideal conditions for behavioral research of our closest relatives and continue the studies, Jane Goodall studies in 1960. In addition, the Gombe Stream National Park is home to around 200 species of birds and over 250 species of butterflies. Our pilot project involving the local population will help to preserve this natural paradise.

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