Serengeti National Park
Serengeti a million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as they plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus North; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.
Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th wonder of the world, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 300,000 Burchell’s zebras and 200,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most superb game-viewing in Africa. Great herds of Cape buffalo, smaller groups of African elephant and Masai giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of common eland, topi, Kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire day after day of cloudless skies,the fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw.
The Tarangire River has shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wondered hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that always water.
Herds of up to 300 African elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while the migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and common eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
Arusha National Park
This is the closest National park to Arusha town – Northern Tanzania’s safari capital.
Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safarilovers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a contrast diversity of habitats within a few hours.
The entrance gate leads into montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons.
The only place on the Northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is 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 cape buffalo and warthog.
Lake Manyara National Park
Manyara stretches for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred strong olive baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans…. Or it might not.
The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massive, only “Kipoo” (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the roof of Africa.
Just off the Tanzania coast, Zanzibar Island boasts miles of golden beaches and is a beautiful holiday destination. Known as the Spice Islands, Zanzibar has a rich past and a relaxed swahili atmosphere cum culture making it a rewarding travel location for relaxation.
Stone Town, the capital of the main island, is also a uniquely attractive location, steeped in history and known for it’s swahili culture. The islands are also excellent locations for diving, snorkeling and fishing.
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