It could be argued that Tanzania with its abundance of wildlife, awe inspiring topography, and welcoming people, is the Safari capital of the world. From stampedes of wildebeests galloping across the great plains of the Serengeti, Hippos jostling for spaces in their mud pools and majestic elephants following their seasonal migrations to experiencing a trek through the jungle to catch a glimpse of the chimpanzees; Tanzania has it all. Throughout the country there are unparalleled opportunities to experience nature at its full glory.
Whether you prefer to relax and soak up the sun on the magical coastline of Zanzibar, trek to the top of Kilimanjaro’s snowcapped peak, hold your breath while a pride of lions laze in the afternoon sun in the world heritage site of Ngorongoro crater or experience the captivating cultures of the many tribes that reside in Tanzania, every option is magical. Tanzania has a plethora of “one of a kinds”.
Lake Manyara is one of the smaller parks in Tanzania but don’t let the size fool you. This stunning park is known for its tree climbing lions, elephant families moving through the forest, a massive lake where it is possible to see thousands of flamingos and large herds of baboon. Over 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many of them remain throughout the year– making this a bird watchers’ paradise. Leopards, lion, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippos, Maasai giraffe, impala, zebras and many more wild animals inhabit this park. There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance. Another thing that makes Manyara so special is the diverse vegetation, the park contains 11 different ecosystems.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area where both traditional culture and wildlife are protected. Many Maasai people have called this area home for centuries. The main focus in this area is the World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is truly a one of a kind experience. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa, including all the Big Five (Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino and Elephant) and plenty of predators. This conservation area is your best chance of seeing the highly endangered Black Rhino. The Crater was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed millions of years ago leaving behind one of the greatest wonders on earth. A Northern Tanzania Safari would not be complete without visiting Ngorongoro Crater: it is one of the most beautiful natural wildlife Safari sites in the world.
The Serengeti is Africa’s most famous National Park and renowned for its incredible concentrations of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest. A Serengeti Safari is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime. The Serengeti’s endless grassy plains are the richest grazing grounds on the continent and home to the largest herds of herbivores that are closely being trailed by some of the highest concentrations of predators on the planet.
Even without the Great Migration, it can be argued that the Serengeti is still the finest park in Africa with vast herds of grazers, huge prides of lion, spectacular expanses of uninterrupted views, wildebeest river crossings and often with great leopard sightings. Serengeti is one of those rare places that has a huge reputation, but still somehow manages to surpass expectations. There is such a variety of species to be found in the Serengeti it would be impossible to mention them all. Millions of wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and 350,000 Thompson Gazelle and Impala call the Serengeti home. The predator viewing here is exceptional with approximately 3-4,000 lion and huge numbers of cheetah, leopard and hyena. Other animals commonly found in the park include topi, eland, hartebeest, buffalo, elephant, caracal, serval, bat-eared fox, hyrax, genet, hares, porcupine, aardvark, giraffe, jackal, mongoose, crocodile, monitor lizard, aardwolf, many kinds of primates including baboons, vervet and colobus monkeys, plus over 500 species of birds.