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Safaris in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the African countries that is rich in tourism due to its vast wilderness areas, it is strategically located in East Africa and offers great safaris for both nature lovers and adventurous travelers. Tanzania neighbors Kenya and Uganda in the North, Malawi, and Zambia in the South, and Rwanda, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of Congo in the West.

Tanzania is well known for its beautiful beaches with turquoise blue waters which are in Zanzibar, the great migration which can be witnessed in Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro Mountain which has the highest peak in Africa and the presence of the big 5 (Lions, elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards and Rhinos) in most national Parks.

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Wildlife

Tanzania is home to most wildlife species which can be seen in different national parks and game reserves during game drives or nature walks. The big 5(Lions, elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards, and Rhinos) and other animals like giraffes, zebras, kobs, wildebeests, cheetahs, wild dogs, warthogs and many more can be seen during a safari in Tanzania. The biggest attraction that brings travelers around the world is to witness the great migration that takes place at Serengeti National Park where millions of wildebeests and zebras move or migrate around Tanzania’s northern circuit and cross to Kenya’s Masaai Mara reserve.

Mountain Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is also known as the roof of Africa, it has seven summits with the highest peak being Uhuru Peak and is the tallest in the whole of the African continent standing at an altitude of 5,895 meters above sea level. It is located in the Northern circuit of  Tanzania and borders Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Most adventurous travelers all over the world visit this place to hike to its summit and the best time for hiking is from June to October.

Tropical beaches

Tanzania is a great destination for holidays and honeymoons due to its beautiful tropical beaches which are located in its eastern part. Tanzania has islands that travelers can visit which are Zanzibar and Pemba, depending on which island you visit travelers get to explore the beautiful white beaches with clear blue water and get an opportunity to visit some of the towns like stone town which has ancient architecture and history.

Birds

Tanzania is home to a wide range of bird species including permanent residents and migratory birds from Europe and North Africa, most national parks are great birding destinations like Lake Manyara National Park which is a great place to see flamingoes.

Some of the unique bird species to look out for during birding safaris include Fischer’s lovebird, Moreau sunbird, Pemba green pigeon, grey-breasted spur fowland many more. The best time for birding in Tanzania is November, March, and April which happen to be wet seasons, during this period migratory birds are present thus having a long list of birds to see.

 

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is shared by three countries Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya, it is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest fresh water lake in the world. It covers an area of approximately 59,947 square Kilometers. In Tanzania Lake Victoria harbors some of the greatest cities like Bukoba, Musoma, and Mwanza which can be visited, some of the activities to enjoy on Lake Victoria are boat cruises, fishing, swimming, and birding among others.

Best Places to visit in Tanzania for a safari

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti is one of the oldest ecosystems in Africa and the whole world, it is well known for the great wildebeest migration which happens in Serengeti and Masai Mara Reserve where millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate between these two national parks. Serengeti National Park is a great place for game drives where you get to see most wildlife species and the best time to visit is from June to October.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro conservation area is one of the most visited places in Tanzania due to its beautiful landscape, wildlife species, and birds that attract most travelers around the globe. It is characterized by savannah plains, marshy areas, lakes, acacia woodland, and a forest. It is located between Serengeti National Park and Lake Manyara National Park and is well known for its craters, wildlife, and bird species.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a great destination to visit, it is located on an exotic island that was formerly a trading spot for slavery, and it has great white beaches, palm trees, and clear blue water. Travelers who need to relax after great safari game drives can visit and cool off in this amazing place. Zanzibar is a primary trading spot for spices, and silk and has a diverse culture of Arabs, Indians, Europeans, and Africans. Travelers may visit Stone Town which is home to the top cultural and historical sites in Tanzania with ancient buildings that have beautiful architectural designs.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park offers spectacular landscapes with distinct physical features ranging from savannah plains, acacia woodland, alpine vegetation, lakes, and craters. It is well known for having the world’s largest population of giraffes and is also home to a wide range of wild species and is one of the few parks that offer walking safaris.

 

Nyerere National Park

Nyerere National Park previously known as Selous Game Reserve was established in 1982 and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its diverse geographical features including Miombo woods, open grasslands, riverine forests, and wetlands, and is home to many wildlife species like wild dogs, black rhinos, elephants elands, greater kudus, waterbucks, hartebeests warthogs, spotted hyenas and leopards among others including 440 species of birds.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is comprised of diverse geographical features including marsha lands, acacia woodlands, and rocky slopes and the park is a birding paradise inhabiting over 400 bird species. It is famously known for flamingoes and tree-climbing lions which can only also be seen in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda and Lake Manyara Park has the highest concentration of elephants in all of Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park is located in the northern part of Tanzania, it is home to Mount Kilimanjaro which is the tallest mountain in Africa with its highest peak being Uhuru peak standing at 5,895 meters above sea level. Kilimanjaro Park is a great destination for adventurous travelers who are interested in hiking and this can be done at different peaks like kibo, mawenzi, and shira.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park is situated in the western region of Tanzania at the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It is home to about 1,000 chimpanzees and other primates like red tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, yellow baboons and blue monkeys among others.   Mahale National Park was first established as a research camp in 1965 and later gazetted as a national park in 1985.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is a significant conservation area and home to a wide range of wildlife species. It is popularly known for its large elephant herds and its name was derived from the Tarangire River which crosses the park and is a great area to view animals during game drives as they drink water at its banks. Tarangire National Park is near Arusha making it easily accessible by travelers.  

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park has a diverse ecology characterized by broad alluvial plains with more Acacia trees and Baobabs, the park has a wide range of wild species which can be seen in the open grasslands and these include lions, buffaloes, zebras, impalas, hippos, baboons, eland, kudu, wildebeests, and black antelope among others.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island is also known as the Green Island and others call it the Spice Island, it is well known for its untouched coral reefs and marine life. Pemba Island has very fertile soils which are great for growing cloves where 70% of the world’s cloves are grown here and other spices on large scales.

Pemba is less visited compared to other islands, it is filled with lagoons, hidden beaches, swamps, and forests. Due to its lack of awareness about this island, there are few hotels and towns making it great for travelers who love exploring. Pemba is also known for black magic and traditional healers.

Getting around Tanzania

There are many ways of getting around Tanzania, travelers who are visiting this country can use airports as their entry points. Tanzania has many airports to use but Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere International Airports are the largest, there are also aircrafts to use to move from airports to national parks.

Travelers can also use road means by hiring a vehicle or taking a bus, Tanzania has well-developed road networks around most parts of the country however in national parks the roads are not developed therefore most travelers use 4WD vehicles.

Tanzania has a well-developed railway network connecting its neighboring countries Kenya and Zambia, traveling by train is more adventurous and rewards you with beautiful sceneries of the country.