Currently ranked as the best safari destination in Africa.
Tanzania has an unprecedented 38% of its surface area set aside for conservation purposes, and with areas such as the Serengeti National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Crater, it is the best safari destination in Africa.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most peaceful and stable countries, so it’s a great destination for first-time visitors and seasoned travelers alike.
These are some places you need to visit when you travel.
The northern part of Tanzania
National Park Serengeti
Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is a world heritage site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. During the Serengeti’s annual migration, hundreds of thousands of zebra and Thomson’s gazelle join over 3 million wildebeests on their quest for fresh grazing grounds. Even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers some of the best game viewings in Africa. It has been voted the best African Safari Park year after year.
An abundance of wildlife, including great herds of buffalo and elephants, towering giraffes, eland, topi, kongoni, impalas, and Grant’s gazelles, as well as a large number of bird species. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s biggest park, which has the largest lion population in Africa. Grazing lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers, leopards inhabit the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, and a high density of cheetahs prowl the South Eastern plains.
Conservation Area of Ngorongoro
Due to the shape and size of this amazing natural landscape, the Ngorongoro Crater is the best place in Tanzania to see the big five. The Crater is the world’s largest inactive volcano caldera, and its beauty is breathtaking. There is a healthy population of black rhinos and some of the largest tusker elephants in Africa.
The Crater is also home to strong populations of lions, leopards, and hyenas, as well as good herds of non-migrating wildebeest, buffalo, and zebra. There are also serval cats, cheetahs, jackals, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, flamingos, bat-eared foxes, and approximately 400 species of birds in this area.
In addition to game drives in the Crater, you can explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area by walking, visiting a Maasai village and visiting Olduvai Gorge. It is often referred to as the “Cradle of Mankind” due to the discovery of the earliest known humans at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. It is one of the most famous archeological sites in the world.
National Park of Tarangire
Overshadowed by the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire has immense concentrations of wildlife in the peak months (July-February) and a fraction of the tourists that visit any of the other northern parks. Game viewing is excellent and the atmosphere and habitat are completely different from other parks.
As one of the largest parks in the region, Tarangire offers visitors more space and the most intimate game viewing experience of all the parks. There is a large elephant population in Tarangire, and the animals congregate along the Tarangire River, which is the only permanent source of water in the area. There are impressive baobab trees and interesting landscapes in the park, as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs and over 6,000 elephants.
National Park of Lake Manyara
On the way to the Ngorongoro Crater from Arusha, Lake Manyara is a beautiful, scenic park. Much of the park is taken up by the lake, leaving a strip of land along its shoreline where the game is concentrated.
Its tree-climbing lions, flamingos, breathtaking scenery, and soda ash lake are enough reasons to visit here for a day, especially during the wet months (March-June), when elephants can be seen enjoying the lush surroundings.
A lake called Natron
The shallow soda lake, Lake Natron, is located at the lowest point of the Rift Valley in East Africa. There are more than 2 million flamingos living in the lake because it is alkaline and provides an ideal environment for the birds to breed, feed, and breed while enjoying relative security from predators. Every evening, thousands of pink flamingos fly overhead, exposing their deep garnet feathers.
You can also hike to beautiful waterfalls in the area, or for a bit more adventure, try hiking Ol Doinyo L’Engai, or ‘Mountain of God’, in Maasai. The summit elevation of this stratovolcano is 2,962 meters.
Visitors can see directly into the caldera of Tanzania’s only officially certified A volcano that is active and the only carbonatite volcano in the world. This is an extremely challenging hike because it is steep and covered in volcanic ash, which feels like walking in soft sand. As the hike is done during the night, you will be able to see a beautiful sunrise at the summit if you do it during the day.
In the conservation area highlands of Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi is a soda lake. The Hadzabe Bushmen, as well as the Datoga and Mbulu tribes, live in this region. Visits with the bushmen are very rewarding – you will see their way of life and go hunting with them. They survive solely on bush food and bowhunting.
Their bows, which are strung with giraffe tendon, and their arrows, which are coated with lethal poison, are all made from local materials. Their language is similar to that of the Kalahari Bushmen, which is filled with clicking noises instead of speech.
The experience provides insight into a culture very different from your own and allows you to experience a lifestyle very different from your own.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the largest freestanding mountain in the world, standing at 19,336 feet (5,895 meters). The summit is also one of the few in the world of similar height that is accessible to hikers of all fitness levels and without technical skills.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for mountaineers and thrill-seekers alike. The park exhibits an astonishing variety of wildlife environments. Primate and birdlife can be found in the mountain forest at lower altitudes, as well as rare, delicate flowers.
As you ascend, the forest gives way to moorland topography. As you climb higher, you will enter the alpine desert zone. After the ascent, you reach a glacier of snow and ice, where you stand on the roof of Africa.
Mount Meru, which stands at 4562m, is the fifth-highest mountain on the African continent and the second-highest in Tanzania. Two hundred and fifty thousand years ago, a massive volcanic explosion swept away the mountain’s eastern flank, leaving it with its distinctive appearance. The last eruption occurred in 1910.
Mount Meru’s ascent passes through different types of vegetation. The forest in the lower part gives way to a dense mountain rainforest, which eventually turns into the bush.
Above the top of the mountain, the vegetation changes to moorland, which is replaced by sweeping alpine deserts. Fauna changes along with flora. Arusha National Park is home to Mount Meru and during the ascent, you may see large mammals like elephants and buffaloes, but you may also snag a glimpse of a leopard that is rarely sighted.