Arusha National Park

Arusha is stunningly beautiful and a very rewarding place to visit.  It offers an outstanding diversity of landscape and wildlife just 40 minutes from Arusha town, and is the perfect beginning to any safari in Tanzania, particularly for those who enjoy hiking and trekking

The view from Arusha National Park is jagged and mountainous.  During dawn and dusk, when the sky is a little clearer, the majestic peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen, some 50 kilometers away.  However, it is the looming Mount Meru which dominates the scene, stony and spiked; it provides the perfect dramatic backdrop to your exploration of Arusha National Park.

Although relatively small at just 137 square kilometers, there are plenty of animals to spot here.  There are bushbuck and reedbuck, always sticking close to the water, dikdiks and duikers darting between the trees and bushes, and some 400 migratory and resident bird species such as Flamingos to be found around the lakes.  Other animals which can be spotted include giraffe, buffalo, zebra and for the fortunate few, even leopard or hyena.  

However, where Arusha National Park really excels is in its hiking options.  A gentle 2-3 hours hike through dense rainforest, to waterfalls and verdant vegetation, will show you some of Tanzania’s most beautiful landscape.  The views over forests and lakes to Kilimanjaro are simply stunning, and the return walk along Mount Meru’s northern ridge is truly exhilarating.


For those who wish to acquaint themselves with Mount Meru a little more, there is the option to summit the hiker’s peak of this glorious mountain at Socialist Peak.   On a challenging trek to reach this peak of 4,566 meters, hikers will traverse open grassland, dense forest, towering cliffs and giant heather, maybe spotting birds, colobus monkey, buffalo and warthog along the way.  This is one of the most challenging and exhilarating mountain hikes in Africa and well worth the effort for the determined hiker.

Tarangire National Park

When entering Tarangire National Park for the first time, the vast baobab trees which pepper the landscape will be the first thing to catch your eye.  But, once you’ve gotten used to the initial shock of a giraffe or even an elephant dwarfed beneath one of these colossal trees, you will discover so much more in this stunning corner of the Country Tanzania.

There are a huge number of elephant found in this park, along with wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and African python – in fact, this national park offers the highest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania outside of the Serengeti ecosystem.  Ornithologists will love Tarangire, with birds such as Kori bustard, ostrich, hornbill and lovebird all resident here.

Towards the end of the rainy season, Tarangire is particularly good for elephant-spotting, as the elephant gather during the dry season but also big cats like Lion, Leopard and Cheetah can be found here. It is the Tarangire River which provides the only permanent source of water to Tarangire’s wildlife – this is a great place to watch the animals drinking.

Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park has a stature that far exceeds its modest 125 square mile (325sq. km). Along its western border lies the cliffs of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, and its eastern border runs along the shores of Lake Manyara.
Within this long and narrow corridor are dense concentrations of wildlife, inhabiting a lovely and diverse landscape, which ranges from forest of tamarind, mahogany, and fig in the north to the wide open grasslands of the park center. Elephants, giraffes, lions, buffalos, and zebras are all to be found here, in addition to many other game and bird species.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Wonder of the World’; a visit to the crater is a main drawcard for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction.

Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. Perhaps this is where one could spot Rhinoceros though they are very few

Within this long and narrow corridor are dense concentrations of wildlife, inhabiting a lovely and diverse landscape, which ranges from forest of tamarind, mahogany, and fig in the north to the wide open grasslands of the park center. Elephants, giraffes, lions, buffalos, and zebras are all to be found here, in addition to many other game and bird species.

Serengeti National Park

The park’s name “Serengeti” means endless plains and is derived from the Maasai language. Within Serengeti’s vast plains, scattered rock outcrops, patches of Acacia bush, forest, and occasional small rivers lies endless habitat for more than 3 million large mammals. This is the Africa you dreamed of as a child. Wild and unchanged.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled in its natural beauty and scientific value. The name Serengeti conjures up images of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle meandering about their migration routes with prides of lions, sometimes sleeping, sometimes alert and carefully stalking their prey. Cheetah peering across the endless plains – Serengeti.

The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back. Along with the millions of wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, there are over 30 other species of plains animals in the Serengeti ecosystem. These include the “big five” of the African safari circuit: elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. Other animal species in the Serengeti include cheetah, hippo, giraffe, eland, impala, waterbuck, baboon, warthog, Kongoni, Topi, various species of monkeys and a rich selection of bird-life with nearly 500 species of birds recorded. PLAN YOUR TRIP NOW!

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