“Kenya is famous as the original safari country. Within Kenya there are over 40 national parks and wildlife reserves which have been set aside for the conservation of wildlife and natural habitat.”
NORWICK AFRICA SAFARIS
Tanzania Parks & Game Reserves
With its vast choices of attractions, there is definitely many choices for Tanzania safari tours destinations. From the rich culture of the people to the scenic physical features, there is a lot to see in this country. Interact with the Maasai and the Samburu in the beautiful rift valley before taking a trip to the warm coastal region to enjoy the sandy beaches. The friendly people and the amazing wildlife make it a good place to go for an adventure. The annual Wildebeest Migration at the Masai Mara is a natural cycle that replenishes the grasslands of East Africa and more so, Kenya is a gold mine for world beating champion athletes and runners.
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
Once described as a “little gem” this relatively unknown game park in Northern Tanzania, lies between the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru at an altitude of over 5,000 feet (1,530 meters). Three distinct ecosystems define the park: Momella Lakes with their prolific birdlife; Mt. Meru Crater with its heavy concentration of wildlife, and the enchanting miniature Ngurdoto Crater where Cape Buffalo dot the swampy floor from a view at the rim. The park is also home to Colobus Monkey, many giraffe, bush buck and elephant. Since it is close to Arusha it is often the first park you will visit on your safari. Outside of Arusha, many visitors stay in the park at Momella Lodge (known for John Wayne’s famous “Hatari” film). Where sunrise offers magnificent views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
This park is set along the lake shore between the 2,000 foot escarpment and the Great Rift Valley. It’s beautifully forested acacia woodlands provide prime real estate for its famous tree climbing lions. The area is also known for its prolific bird life. Set between the edge of the Great Rift Valley and the lake, this park is best known for its tree climbing lions and bird life.
Although only 205 sq. miles.in size, of which three quarters is taken up by the lake itself. This enchanting park is one of the most popular and attractive wildlife sanctuaries in East Africa. It is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush forest, home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. Well known for its birds like the Crested Eagle, it also is home to other animals including buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, impala. And of course the lions!
As you enter the park you drive through beautiful forested areas where your likely to see baboons and elephant. Then along the shore of the lake you may see large gatherings of water buffalo, zebra, and giraffe. Other highlights include the Hippo Pool, where large numbers usually gather.
NGORONGORO CRATER & CONSERVANCY
Often called the eighth wonder of the world, Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The crater rim, where the lodges are superbly perched, rises 7,500 ft. above sea level. With permanent water sources, the lush crater floor supports a population of over 30,000 game animals and birds, including the black rhino. The perennial swamps are an important migratory point for flamingo which storm a constant shimmering pink haze.
The crater is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation area where Maasai herdsmen freely wander with their cattle. The crater has a surprising number of ecosystems within it. Including the Acacia Forest, where huge bull elephants descent from the slopes, hippo pools, open savannah, and the dense jungle of the slopes. Only 4-wheel drive vehicles are permitted to make the steep descent into the crater floor.
KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa but also one of the most unique environments on the planet. From the glaciers and strange ice formations of the summit, to the prehistoric plant life of the upper slopes and down to the tropical jungle of the foothills, Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable experience – even for those who do not ascent to the top.
There are five routes to the summit, the most popular being the Marangu route. During the five day climb (3 days up, 2 days down), one can witness the 5 zones of the National Park. The lower slopes which are cultivated, the tropical rain forest, alpine moorlands, highland desert and finally the summit.
Accommodation on the climb is in huts on the Marangu route and on other routes in high altitude tents. The mountain can be climbed by any healthy body and almost any time of the year, though the best period is from August to November.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
The Park has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. The Tarangireriver provides water year round for the numerous species that inhabit this area. Including herds of up to 300 elephant!
Tarangire is at its most spectacular during the dry season, between June and October, when it plays host to many thousands of animals which migrate from the jejune tracks of southern Maasai land to revel in the last remaining flood waters of the Tarangire River. The Park covers an area of 2,600 sq. kms. and has an altitude of 1,100m.Spread across a region of great natural beauty, Tarangire is home to a rich kaleidoscope of creatures. Of special interest is the presence of both greater and lesser kudu, lion, eland, Oryx and the long-necked gerenuk. The Park is also noted for magnificent baobab trees, its tree climbing pythons and rich birdlife.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
The word “Serengeti” means endless plain in the nativaMaasai language. This famous park is home to the “great migration” from mid October through early August. Covering a massive area of 9,173 sq. miles,.this is Tanzania’s largest national park and undoubtedly the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world.
It is 335 kms from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west. Vegetation is grassy plains, savannah with acacias, wooded hills and mountains are the backdrops for an extraordinary concentration of animals which reaches its peak during the wildebeest migration which generally takes place between December to May in the south of the park and from June to October to the west and the north.