Arusha National Park

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Area: 212 sq. miles

This little gem of a national park near Arusha, northern Tanzania's safari capital, is a perfect way to begin or end an African safari. It contains species that the visitor will not see elsewhere in northern Tanzania, its environment is unique, and it is on your doorstep. This small national park includes the slopes, summit and ash cone on Mt. Meru, the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes. Game viewing is at a laid-back and quiet pace. While passing through the forest, many visitors stop to search for troupes of rare colubus monkeys playing in the canopy.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park

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Area: 641 square miles

Snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, just south of the Equator, is the highest point of Africa and one of the highest free-standing mountains in the world, rising to 5,895 metres above sea level. Beneath its ice dome, snow extends down long gullies that have been eroded in the mountain sides. Kilimanjaro's summit crater, known as Kibo, measures 1.5 miles across. Nestled in the center of Kibo is a smaller crater.

Best months for climbing:

January, February, March, June, July, August, December

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Lake Manyara National Park

 

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Photo by Carol Austin

Area: 127 sq. miles

Looking down the western Rift Valley, along the road to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, it is easy to see why Lake Manyara National Park was once described as "The Emerald of Africa". The compact game viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

The lake shimmers below in the heat haze, home to flamingoes, pelicans and innumerable water birds. Between the lake and the Rift, the park, with one main road and several loops, stands out in luscious greens that contrast with the arid, brown and windswept countryside. 

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Serengeti National Park

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Area: 5,700 sq. miles

Wildlife of Tanzania video

Like an unbroken thread, the annual migration of the wildebeest and zebra bind's the Serengeti's eco-system much as it has done for the past two million years. Upon this migration, triggered by the rains, almost all things depend. This annual pilgrimage involves some 1.5 million animals that must search for the grass and water they need to survive. During this spectacle, the migration will cover some 3200 Km (2,000 miles) and devour 4,000 ton of grass a day. A quarter of a million animals will be born. 

 

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Tarangire National Park

Area: 1.096 sq. miles

For many people who have spent years in the African bush, Tarangire is their favorite national park on Tanzania's richly endowed northern circuit.

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Photo by Carol Austin

Looking down from the high ridge, it is not difficult to see why; the Tarangire river winds away into the distance, through open, undulating country. The Tarangire River, from which the park takes its name, supplies the park with its livelihood and becomes the dry season magnet for the vast herds of wildlife that must come down to drink. Herds of up to 300 elephants come to the river. You'll find the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators. Tarangire is an excellent way to begin a safari. If you're a bird lover, Tarangire is a treasure trove of bird sightings. You may spot the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird, the stocking thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird, screeching flocks of the colorful yellow-collared lovebird, the rufous tailed weaver, or the ashy starling. Termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose. Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Area: 100 sq. miles on the Crater floor


The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna woodlands, and forests. It includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world's largest caldera. From the viewing point hundreds of meters above Ngorongoro Crater, the panorama spreads out in a vast arena. The hills rise smoothly from the Crater floor through evergreen forest, and rain clouds cascade over the eastern rim. The stunning landscape of Ngorongoro Crater combined with its spectacular concentration of wildlife, is one of the greatest natural wonders of the planet. Spectacular numbers of wildebeest pass through the property each year. 

Zebra and wildebeest mix on the Crater floor along with some 50 lions, 400 spotted hyenas, Grant and Thompson gazelles, various types of jackal, greater and lesser flamingo and many other species. In all, Ngorongoro has some 25,000 animals, making this the most intensive game-viewing area on earth. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most likely areas in Tanzania to spot the endangered Black Rhino.

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Saadani National Park

Area: 430 sq miles

Palm trees sway in a cooling oceanic breeze. White sand and blue water sparkle alluringly beneath the tropical sun. Traditional dhows sail slowly past, propelled by billowing white sails, while Swahili fishermen cast their nets below a brilliant red sunrise.

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Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so popular with European sun-worshippers. Yet it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole!

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Mkomazi National Park

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Area: 3,234 sq km (2005 sq miles)

This is where black rhino and wild dog have returned to roam.

East of the Pare Mountains, Mkomazi falls along the edge of a semi-arid savanna arc that stretches into bordering Kenya's Tsavo East National Park. Every day, thousands of people pass near its gates at Same Town on one of Tanzania's busiest highways. Few, however, know of its rugged acacia-covered beauty beside the Usambara and Pare mountains, with Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.

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