NATIONAL PARKS OF TANZANIA
The survival of our wildlife is a matter of grave concern to all of us in Africa. These wild creatures amid the wild places they inhabit are not only important as a source of wonder and inspiration but are an integral part of our natural resources and our future livelihood and well-being.
In accepting the trusteeship of our wildlife, we solemnly declare that we will do everything in our power to make sure that our children’s grandchildren will be able to enjoy this rich and precious inheritance.
The conservation of wildlife and wild places calls for specialist knowledge, trained manpower, and money and we look to other nations to co-operate with us in this important task – the success or failure of which not only affects the continent of Africa but the rest of the world as well.”
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
One of the country’s most outstanding wilderness area.
It is the second largest National Park, covering an area of 20,226 sq.km located in south-central Tanzania. During the dry season, when game viewing is at its best, animals are drawn to the Great Ruaha River and other water sources. The name Ruaha was derived from the hehe word called ”Luhava” meaning the great river.
Day and night game drive
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Maasai people called this park ‘Serengeti’, meaning endless plains. The Serengeti speaks for itself and with good reason not only the migration of over 1 million wildebeest through its plains and woodlands but also unique landscapes and other spectacular wildlife.
The Serengeti is home to the world’s largest populations of Wildebeest, Zebra, Cape Eland, Lion, Cheetah, Hyena and Gazelles. The scenic beauty of the sky with cool nights and warm days makes your visit to this remaining home for great migration of large mammals incredible!
The climate of the Serengeti National Park is subtropical, with rain season from November to April and dry season from May to October.
The park is located at an altitude between 1,100 and 2,000 meters with annual average rainfall ranging from 900 to 1,000 mm. Serengeti National Park, a world-renown, World Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site that has many attractions than any other national park in Africa.
The Great Migration
The Big Five
Unique bird species
Highest concentration of Carnivores and Herbivores
Scenic and Spectacular Landscapes.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
The lush green vegetation consisting of tall trees of the ground water forest, the tree climbing lions, the soda lake inhabited with thousands of pink-hued flamingos, large water birds and the troops of baboons and blue monkeys and the rift valley escarpment make your safari to this area unforgettable.
The park derives its name from a plant called Euphorbia tirucalli, known as Emanyara in Maasai language and covers an area of 648.7 km2.
The Park experiences bi-modal rainfall season with short rains starting from November to December and long rains from February to May and dry season is from late June to October.
It is located at an altitude between 850 and 2000 meters with annual average rainfall ranging from 650 to 760mm.
Diversity of bird species
Ground water forest
Varied habitants. (rift valley escarpment, woodlands and lake)
MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
Mountain Kilimanjaro is famous for being the highest mountain in Africa, snow caped and world’s highest free standing volcano. It comprises of two dormant volcanoes (Kibo 5,895m a.m.s.l and Mawenzi 5,149m a.m.s.l) and one extinct volcano (Shira 3,962m a.m.s.l) respectively. The origin of the word is not well known but it said to be a combination of the Swahili word Kilima meaning “Mountain” and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as “Whiteness” giving the name “White Mountain”.
Its size is 1,712Km2 and was declared as a National Park in 1973, officially opened for tourism in 1977, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and Natural Wonder of Africa in 2013. Climbing to the top which is far up into the sky is a life time experience that no one can forget.
There are two rainy seasons in a year. The wet season is from March to May during which it rains around the mountain base and snow accumulates on its peak.
The dry season is from late June through September during which the nights are cool and the days completely clear.
The park is located at an altitude between 1700 m to 5895 meter with annual average rainfall ranging from 828 mm at alpine desert to 2500 mm at Montane forest.
The Park is endowed with a diverse variety of attractions ranging from terrestrial wilderness to permanent glaciers on the mountain peaks.
Kibo, the highest peak (5,895m) on Mount Kilimanjaro, is covered by snow throughout the year despite being close to the equator. Conquering this peak is an adventure of a lifetime.
Mawenzi Peak is the second highest peak which forms Mount Kilimanjaro 5,149m. It is rugged and maintain the features of glaciation
With an altitude of 3,962m, is the oldest peak that collapsed and forms a Shira plateau with outstanding scenic beauty on the mountain with several kinds of migratory large mammals such as buffaloes, elephants and especially elands.
Montane Forest – A wide band of exceptionally beautiful montane forest encircles the whole of Kilimanjaro from about 1800 –2800m. The forest zone is worth a visit even if you are not climbing to the peaks. Marangu nature trails is particular taking you through this forest belt which supports several plant species, including endemic plants like Impatiens kilimanjari.
Zonation of Vegetation -Five eco-climatic zones take you to the equivalent of a trip from the equator to the arctic in a brief tour. As one climb Kilimanjaro, vegetation and weather changes in response to the changing elevation from montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and the summit zone (arctic). The mountain peak is covered by snow all year-round
Lauwo Waterfall – Located along Marangu route 2.8Kms provides a spectacular experience
Maundi Crater – Located just 15 minutes’ walk past Mandara huts on the Marangu route the crater provides a panoramic view of Lakes Chala, Jipe and Nyumba ya Mungu, all of which derive their waters from the Majestic Kilimanjaro.
Kifinika Cultural Site – This is a site along Marangu route that is sacred by the local Chagga people. Historically, the site was used for cultural rituals.
Birds and Animals – The park harbors a total number of 140 species of mammals; 7 primates, 25 carnivores, 25 antelopes, 24 species of bat and 179 bird species
Non-Summit Bound Climbers
Activities for non-summit bound climbers include:
Visit to the water falls (Lauwo)
Visiting the Shira Plateau
Watching wildlife including high altitude birds
Walking through the Mountain Forest
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Day walk to Maundi crater in the park, Lake Chala and cultural sites such as Kifunika and cultural camps in the Tarangire extends to you a very cordial welcome. We are thrilled to have you here and we appreciate you for trusting us. Whether you are visiting here for a day trip or having an overnight, Tarangire has something for everyone.
The park is impressively splendid for its famous concentration of wild animals especially the elephants and it is also one of the finest birding destinations in East Africa.
The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park and covers an area of 2850 km 2.
Tarangire has a bimodal rainfall with short rains starting from November to December, long rains from March to May and dry season from June to October and January to February.
The park is located at an altitude between 900m and 1250meters with annual average rainfall ranging from 650 to 700mm.
Exclusive bird species
Tarangire River – Is the only sources of water for thousands of animals in the dry season thus offering a fantastic game driving experience.
Formed millions of years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater closed off its borders to man with the help of walls that rose to heights of 400 to 600 meters. As a result, nature was allowed to run free here and create some of the most exotic species of plants and animals that the world has ever seen. This is one of the few places where you can see the Big 5 in a single day and it also hosts the endangered black rhino.
It is the most visited attraction not only in Tanzania but also Africa as a continent. Being listed as a UNESCO heritage site boosted the preservation and protection of wildlife.
It is considered on the seven wonders of Africa and also on the ten wonders of the world.
It is the home of the largest caldera in the world having been formed after volcanic explosion that caused the volcanic mountain to sink downwards. The Ngorongoro volcanic mountain was estimated to be in the size of Mount Kilimanjaro the African highest mountain before the volcanic explosion took place.
Year-round wildlife viewing
Watch the endangered black rhino
Explore the Maasai culture by visiting a traditional village
See the Big 5 in a single day
SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Selous Game Reserve represents the largest uninhabited area in the continent, and this alone makes it worth visiting. The large untouched expanses of land showcase nature at its beautiful best. The reserve also presents the best bush vibe in Tanzania. Selous Game Reserve is one of the two destinations used by elephants for their annual migration, and if watching millions of wildebeests isn’t possible, you can go for the next best thing, watching thousands of elephants at Selous.
One of the few destinations in Africa to see wild dogs
Elephant migration Boat safaris available
Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities during dry season
Lion sightings are common
One of the best destinations to see wild dogs
GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK
Gombe Stream National Park may be small in size, but its attractions pack a punch. The park is famous all over the world because of its connection to Jane Goodall and her pioneering research on chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking expeditions are an obvious highlight, but one can also expect to see several species of primates here. Gombe presents a trail system which lets visitors penetrate deep into the forest and enjoy some of the best views of the African bush.
Home to Jane Goodall’s research
Chimpanzee sightings are common
Exclusive and uncrowded
MAHALE MOUNTAIINS NATIONAL PARK
Mahale Mountains National Park may be ignored by most tourists visiting Tanzania, but those wanting to get closer to their closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee, simply have to visit the Mahale Mountains. The park presents the best chimp tracking experience in Tanzania and visitors also fall in love with its stunning beauty. Better yet, Mahale Mountains is home to some of the glittery sand beaches that Africa is so famous for.
Excellent place to see chimpanzees
Hiking expeditions available
Exclusive and uncrowded
Fishing and kayaking available
Walking tours available
MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
Mkata Floodplain, the star attraction at Mikumi National Park, has often been compared to the great Serengeti because of its amazing diversity and concentrated wildlife. This alone makes Mikumi worth visiting. The park is also popular for presenting stunning photography and large herds of game animals.
Good animal sightings during dry season
Perfect for weekend getaways
Guided walks available
KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
Katavi is remote, very remote, and reaching the park requires a lot of effort. This alone dissuades most travelers from visiting Katavi. However, take the first step and the park does its bit to ensure that you never have to go home disappointed. Katavi presents untouched wilderness and it is common to run across more predators than humans while you’re here.
Hippopotamus walking in Katuma River in Katavi National Park
Game safaris and walking expeditions available
Spectacular hippo viewing opportunities
Exclusive and uncrowded