Wildlife safaris in Tanzania
Wildlife safaris in Tanzania : Tanzania is known for unforgettable wildlife experiences during safaris around the different safari destinations in the country.
There are different locations in Tanzania where wildlife species can be seen during safaris and they are found in the northern, southern and also in the western parts of the country. The northern safari circuit is famous for wildlife safaris and is visited more compared to other safari destinations of Tanzania.
In the northern part of Tanzania, wildlife safaris are done in national parks such as the famous Serengeti national park, in the Ngorongoro conservation area, Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park and also in Arusha national park.
Serengeti national park is famous for its amazing wildlife viewing all through the year and is also known for the wildebeest migration. Some of the wildlife species which can be seen during a safari to the national park include the big 5 like elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos. Other wildlife species which are found in the national park include wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, hippos, impalas, gazelles, kudu, waterbucks, hartebeests, cheetahs, elands, topi, hyenas among others. This national park is also the oldest in Tanzania and it covers about 14750 square kilometers and is made up of vast savannah plains and acacia woodland. The best time for a safari to this destination is the dry season from June to October although safaris can be done at any time of the year.
Another wildlife safari destination to visit during a Tanzania safari is the Ngorongoro crater. Ngorongoro conservation is also home to the big 5 as well as numerous wildlife and bird species. Flamingos can also be seen during a safari to this destination. The Maasai can also be encountered during a safari to the Ngorongoro crater. When engaging in a game drive along the crater floor wildlife species which can be spotted include predators like cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas and also waterbucks, hippos, zebras, elands, wildebeests, antelopes among others. The calving season is among the attractions of the Ngorongoro conservation area where during a safari, the wildebeest migration can be seen as over 8000 calves are born daily around the Ndutu area.
Tarangire national park is another wildlife safari destination which is found in the northern part of Tanzania. This national park is also known for its large herds of elephants and many other wildlife species can be spotted during a safari in the national park such as cheetahs, giraffes, buffalos, waterbucks, zebras, lions, leopards among others. This national park is located about 120 kilometers from Arusha town.
Lake Manyara national park can also be visited during wildlife safaris in Tanzania and it is a national park that is known for tree climbing lions, flamingos as well as diverse habitat. During a safari around Lake Manyara national park, a number of activities such as day game drives and night game drives, nature walks, canopy walk, canoeing (when the water levels are high) and also bird watching. Views of the rift valley can also be enjoyed during a tour to this destination.
Arusha national park is another destination to visit for a wildlife safari experience in Tanzania. This national park is easily accessible and there are a number of attractions in the national park such as Mount Meru which is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. Other attractions include the Momella lakes, waterfalls, Ngurdoto crater as well as wildlife species like black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and bushbucks among others.
Gombe stream national park is another wildlife viewing destination found in Tanzania. This national park is famous for chimpanzee trekking and is perfect for a primate safari when visiting Tanzania. The national park is found in the western part of the country along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Dr Jane Goodall in the 1960’s carried out her research on chimpanzees at this destination.
Selous game reserve which is also referred to as Nyerere national park is another wildlife safari destination to visit when in Tanzania. This national park is very big in size and is the largest national park of Tanzania covering about 30,000 square kilometers. Wildlife species which can be seen during a safari around Nyerere national park include buffalos and lions which are in big numbers, rhinos, buffalos, leopards, elands, kudu, zebras, waterbucks, impalas and also various bird species. River Rufiji which flows through the national park is among the attractions found in the national park. Nyerere national park is found in the southern part of Tanzania.
In the western part of Tanzania, another destination which can be visited for safaris is Katavi national park which is home to wildlife species such as giraffes, elephants, leopards, lions, zebras, buffalos, hyenas and many others. This national park can be accessed by flight from Dar es Salaam or Arusha.
Visit Tanzania and enjoy wildlife safaris across many of the national parks and reserves across the country.