23/05/2024

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Tanzania National Parks

Tanzania National Parks

Tanzania is known as one of the greatest countries in the world to take a safari holiday in. Many people who go there often take a premade itinerary which has been put together be a tour operator as standard, however others choose to create their own customised itinerary that include specific National Parks and Game Reserves or sights they want to see.

Each reserve in Tanzania has its own special and unique qualities about it, to get an idea of what you can see and do in different parks in this country, I have compiled a guide on some of my favour Tanzanian wildlife reserve destinations. 

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is a volcanic caldera in which the majority of the wildlife is mostly located on the ground, or crater floor. The walls surrounding this area reach to around 2,000 feet high, and ensure that the animals are safe from dangers such as poachers. All of the legendary African ‘big five’ can be spotted on the crater flood, which are made up of rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and Cape buffalo. 

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is quite possibly the most famous wildlife park in the world. It extends from North-Western Tanzania, to the Masai Mara of South-Western Kenya. Something that makes the Serengeti very unique, is the fact that it plays host to one of the most spectacular wildlife events in the world, the ‘great migration’. The migration sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle journey from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara plains in their huge numbers, seeking fresh grass to graze upon. 

Tarangire National Park

Not only is Tarangire famous for seeing lots and lots of elephants, but it is also renowned for the gigantic baobab trees that grow in great populations there. These trees grow to be hundreds of years old, and can reach gigantic sizes in mainly width, but also height. Tarangire is not a large park, so is a pretty safe bet for seeing a large variety of animals sharing the same space. 

Selous Game Reserve

Selous was originally named after the famous big game hunter and explorer Sir Fredrick Selous. It is the largest reserve in the world of its kind, spreading over an area of 55,000 Kilometres Square, in South-Eastern Tanzania. Selous is home to a large population of wildlife, however it is spread around its huge area, presenting a good park for any safari goers wanting a wildlife viewing challenge.