Tanzania National Parks
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is the oldest and most popular national park in Tanzania. It is also a World Heritage Site and it is known for its annual migration when thousands of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles run across its plains. But even when migration is over, the Serengeti is still one of the most unique of places for game viewing. It is a home to herds of buffalos, groups of elephants and giraffes and prides of lions. You can also find leopards resting in the top of the trees and cheetahs roaming the southeaster plains. And if seeing the animals from your safari vehicle isn’t enough for you then you can opt for an unforgettable hot air balloon ride to see the vast splendours of the Serengeti from above.
Ngorongoro is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world and it is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. It is 610 meters deep, it covers 260 square kilometres and it is 1,800 meters above sea level.
Approximately 25,000 animals live inside the crater. Some of those animals include black rhinoceros, hippopotamus, leopard, cheetah, zebras and gazelles. The crater also has one of the densest populations of lions.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire is the 6th largest national park in Tanzania, it covers 2,850 square meters and it is located 118 km southwest of Arusha in the Manyara region. Tarangire is one of the few parks where big groups of elephants can be spotted. Plenty of other animals are found in this park including lions, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, wildbeest, eland, lions, leopards and giraffes.
It is also a great place for bird lovers as it offers 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Tarangire is also famous for its numerous baobob trees.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is the smallest park in the region at 329 square meters but it offers a spectacular view of the lake and it is a home to pink flamingos and hippopotamus who consider these alkaline waters to be their playground. Lake Manyara is well known for its baboons who watch visitors as curiously as they watch them. Many other animals can be found inside the park such as elephants, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest and warthogs. Leopards and lions live inside this park as well though are often difficult to spot.
Lake Manyara is also known for its fig and mahogany trees.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is the closest park to Arusha and it is a perfect place for a day trip or to be added to a longer itinerary. Blue and colobus monkeys can be seen at its gate and inside the park many animals such as zebras, waterbucks, buffalos and giraffes can be seen. It also offers beautiful views of Momela Lakes and Mt. Meru.