Tanzania Travel Destinations & Suggested Accommodation


Tanzania, a beautiful country in East Africa and sharing its borders with Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and DRC to the west and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south.  The country’s eastern border lies on the Indian Ocean.  Tanzania is one of the oldest known inhabited areas on Earth with fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids that was found dating back over two million years.  Unlike minerals, the contribution of the tourism industry to the Tanzania economy is steadily rising year after year.  Tanzania is home of the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro and most amazing national parks, like the Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ruaha and the Ngorongoro Conservation Africa. 

Serengeti National Park


Serengeti National Park is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometres of protected area that borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park.   Its far-reaching plains of endless grass, tinged with the twisted shadows of acacia trees, have made it the quintessential image of a wild and untarnished Africa. Its large stone kopjes are home to rich ecosystems, and the sheer magnitude and scale of life that the plains support is staggering.   Large prides of lions laze easily in the long grasses, plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trump to each other across the plains, and giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife is in awe-inspiring numbers.  When it comes to sheer volume and variety of game, the Serengeti is extremely hard to beat. Host to the wildebeest migration it has much more besides with varied landscapes. It excels year round but to ensure the best possible experience you have to understand the dynamics of the broader area.
Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro National Park


Ngorongoro Crater (called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’) offers amazing landscapes and phenomenal concentrations and diversity of both game and birdlife within a fascinating mini ecosystem. Wonderful flowers in late April and May but cold in June and July. Hugely popular so worth timing your visit carefully and seriously considering the off season (mid March to late May) to best appreciate this area in some semblance of privacy. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Masaai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.
Ngorongoro National Park

Tarangire National Park


Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of Elephant anywhere in Tanzania, and is particularly good through the dry season, between July and late October, when the Tarangire river is one of the few sources of permanent water in the area and attracts sizeable herds of zebra and wildebeest as well as buffalo. Located only a few hours drive from Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.
Tarangire National Park

Lake Manyara National Park


Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem.  It is small, can be busy in parts but with a wonderful diversity and great opportunities for up close game action. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife, as more than 400 species have been recorded here.  Highlights include thoushands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, comorants and storks.  Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.
Lake Manyara National Park

Arusha


Arusha - northern Tanzania’s safari capital.  Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safarigoers, but definitely worth a day or two at the start of a safari - wonderful for its forest species (including surprisingly relaxed colobus) as well as lots of giraffe and good birds around its many lakes.

Kilimanjaro National Park


The word “Kilimanjaro” might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans…whatever you want to call it, when you see it, you will know that you have arrived in East Africa.  It is the highest peak on the African continent and also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland - elevation around 900 metres - to a massive 5,895 metres and one of the largest volcanoes ever to burst through the earths surface. Tourists who come to climb Kilimanjaro will be surprised by ever-changing fauna, which is know as “vegetational zonation” a term used to describe the fact that certain plants will only grow at certain altitudes, leading to distinct bands of trees shrubs and flowering plants that change with height and within these types of habitat live animals that have adapted to certain extent to mountain life.
Kilimanjaro National Park

Selous Nature Reserve


You might not know this, but Selous Game Reserve is the biggest game reserve in Africa and covers a vast area of about 54,600km2, putting it at 1.5 times the size of Belgium, about three times the size of South Africa’s Kruger National Park and twice the size of the Serengeti National Park.  In a fitting tribute, it is also one of Tanzania’s three World Heritage Sites.  The park was names after the great explorer and hunter, Frederick Courtney Selous.  Large numbers of elephants, black rhino’s, cheetahs, giraffes, hippo’s and crocodiles live in this immense sanctuary.  This park has a variety of vegetation zones, ranging from dense thickets to open wooded grasslands.  The Selous offers a heady mix of good game, diverse terrain and lots to do, whether it be walking, boating, fishing or fly camping as well as game driving.
Selous Nature Reserve

Ruaha National Park


Ruaha is a perfect compliment to a Selous safari.  It is the second largest national park in Tanzania and covers about 10,300km².   In fact, it's part of series of conjoined wildlife areas, covering 50,000km² and stretching as far as Katavi in the west.   Ruaha itself still has just a handful of camps and, being quite far from Dar, it receives relatively few visitors.  Its dramatic scenery includes rolling hills, large open plains, groves of skeletal baobabs and, along its southern border, the wide Great Ruaha River.  The best time to visit if you want to see predators and large mammals will be in the dry sesons (mid May - December) and for bird-watching, lush scenery and wildflowers it will be in the wet season (January-April) and if you want to spot the male greater kudu, a visit in June, during the breeding season is suggested.
Ruaha National Park



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