Tanzania's famous snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro draws many visitors to Tanzania. What better way to celebrate a climbing success than continuing the adventure with an amazing wildlife safari?
Visit the unique and diverse natural beauty of Tanzania’s iconic National Parks and Game Reserves.
Tanzania is one of best countries on the African continent to enjoy a safari vacation. More than one-quarter of the country is set aside to preserve an estimated 20 percent of Africa's large mammals, 1,500 recorded bird species and a naturalists dream of over 10,000 plants. The iconic Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are just two of the iconic locations to visit.
Serengeti National Park:
The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The Serengeti, Tanzania's first National Park, covers an area of 14,763 square kilometers and is central to the more expansive Serengeti ecosystem, a buffer zone which serves to protect the annual wildebeest migration.
The eighth wonder of the world boasts two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves within the diverse habitats of the western corridor, northern woodland, southern grass plains and the Seronera valley.
Home to the 'big five' and seasonal rivers hosting Africa’s largest crocodiles, the Serengeti is a wildlife watchers paradise with spectacles unfolding in every direction. The area has inspired writers, filmmakers, photographers and scientists throughout modern history.
Ngorongoro Crater is the world largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera. A natural amphitheater with a diameter of 19.2 km, a depth of 610m and covering an area of 304 sq km, Ngorongoro Crater is the heart of Ngorongoro Conservation Area (N.C.A.), another World Heritage Site located within Tanzania’s borders.
As a result of successful anti-poaching patrols, Ngorongoro Crater boasts large numbers of migratory and resident wildlife. Elusive rhino can be seen, grazers, such as Thomson gazelle; predators, such as lion, leopard, cheetah, and scavengers such as hyena. Old bull elephants also descend to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater to find food.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area (N.C.A.)
Bursting with wildlife, the Ngorongoro Conservation area lies between the Great Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plains. A vast 8,000 sq km of varying habitats virtually guarantees sightings of the ‘big five’ - lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo.
The reserve has pioneered multiple land use, integrating Maasai pastoralists, conservation and tourism.
The area is claimed to be the 'cradle of mankind' after traces of early man were found. Footprints found preserved in volcanic ash at Laetoli and fragments of early man at Olduvai gorge, have made the Conservation Area paleontologically and archeologically important.
Nestling between the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment on one side and the white hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other, Lake Manyara National Park is noted for its incredibly beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife. There are seven distinct wildlife habitats within the park, despite the widest point being no more than 10 kilometers.
Lake Manyara attracts over 400 species of birds, is home to large herds of elephant, buffalo, Maasai giraffe and impala. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the Lake and return to the acacia woodland to doze in the trees during the heat of the day.
Hot and cold springs feed into the 200sq km soda lake. During dry periods, the alkaline environment attracts two different species of flamingo to feed. Several species of waterfowl and migrant birds can also be seen.
The peak safari season usually extends from May to August when the climate is comfortable (mild during the day but cooler at night) and the hot months of September and October. However, the weather is always variable with long spells of dry weather in the rainy season and magnificent rain storms in the dry season.
Basically, there is always something to see on safari whatever time of year. All Tanzania's protected areas have 'resident' animals and birds as well as migrants. November is particularly good for spotting migrant birds.