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Serengeti National Park
Serengeti is the most famous of the Tanzanian parks known from many nature documentaries. The biggest attraction is undoubtedly the Great Migration when over 1.000.000 wildebeest, about 200.000 zebras and 300.000 Thomson’s gazelles join the trek for fresh grazing. The Serengeti offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. Here you can find all major safari animals including 4 of the Big 5 (rhinos are very rare to be seen). The scenery is stunning and you get the feeling of the classical safari vibe. In Tanzania they say: “Serengeti will never die. Best time to visit: year round
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The main attraction is the Ngorongoro Crater. It is an actual Noah’s ark and is often referred as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the highest density of animals in Africa. This is the park to see the Big 5 in one day. The resident population of black rhino is a real treat, as rhinos are very difficult to spot elsewhere in Tanzania. It is also home to some very impressive elephant bulls with huge tusks. When you go on a safari Ngorongoro is not to be missed. Best time to visit: year round.
“The loveliest I have seen in Africa” said the novelist Ernest Hemingway about Lake Manyara. It’s a small park with stunning and versatile scenery. The most famous habitants are the tree-climbing lions. It is also a park densely populated by elephants and it is in fact a place where you are most likely to have a close encounter with them. Lake Manyara with its over 400 bird species is a great park for bird-watching. Best time to visit: Jun-Oct for mammals, Nov-May for bird-watching.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire NP shows an incredible landscape and vegetation that cannot be found anywhere else in the Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania. Tarangire is often referred as the home of elephants as the numbers of them are spectacular. Large herds of elephants can be seen roaming among the huge baobab trees. Tarangire River is an important source of drinking water during the dry season and that makes it the perfect place to spot wildlife. Migratory animals come to quench their thirst and following them are the lions looking for a feast. Best time to visit: Jun-Oct
Arusha National Park
The closest park to Arusha, only about an hour drive from the city. This small park doesn’t offer you the biggest variety of animals but it still has a lot to offer. Arusha NP is one of the most scenic parks, with mt. Meru as its main landmark. Here you can do a walking or horseback riding safari and go canoeing at Momela Lakes. Animals to be seen are buffalos, giraffes, several antelope species and black-and-white Colobus monkeys. Its’ great bird variety with over 400 species makes this park a great destination for bird-watchers. Large flocks of flamingos at Momela Lakes are a spectacular nature's show you can't miss. A great park for a day trip. Best time to visit: Jan-Feb and Jun-Oct
Lake Eyasi is a salt lake and located south of Serengeti National Park. The Hadza are the indigenous inhabitants of the lake and are found along most of the perimeter. The Datooga inhabit the Yaeda Valley to the southeast, the Isanzu the south and the Sukuma across the Sibiti River in the southwest.
Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake and it is located in the Arusha Region in the North of Tanzania. Furthermore it is close to the Kenyan border and is in the Gregory Rift, which is the eastern branch of the East African Rift. From the lake you have an amazing view on the mountain Ol Doinyo Lengai.
Kilimanjaro (familiarly Kili) is the highest (5895m) mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Among the high mountains in the world it is relatively easy to climb and you don’t have to be a mountaineer to reach the top. But don’t think it’s going to be a walk in a park. The most common thing to prevent you making it, is the altitude sickness which can affect even the fittest person. There are 6 routes to pick from and they vary by scenery and strenuousness. Average days needed to reach to the peak is 6-8. Best time to climb: Jan-mid March, Jun-Oct.
Meru is the “little sister” of Kilimanjaro. It’s the second highest (4562m) mountain in Tanzania. It’s a good rehearsal for climbing Kilimanjaro but it is a nice trek even by itself. Located in Arusha National Park, its slopes are home to many animals (giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, but no big cats), and the trek is accompanied by an armed ranger. The nights are spent in shelters and the trek takes place over four days. From the top, one has a magnificent view of a small ash crater, with backdrop of the majestic Kilimanjaro. Best time to climb: Jun-Oct and Dec-Feb.
Ol Doinyo Lengai
The Ol Doinyo Lengai (the Mountain of God in Masai language) is located on the western edge of the rift, 160 kilometers west of Kilimanjaro, northeast of Ngorongoro Crater and south of Lake Natron. It culminates at 2960 meters altitude. The ascent of this volcano is for people experienced in sporting treks, because the slope is often steep, with some tricky passages to cross. This trek is physically demanding and not recommended for beginners. Ol Doinyo Lengai is located in Maasai territory and only local guides are allowed to accompany walkers. They prohibit agencies’ guides to access this mountain. Best time to climb: year round, except March-May and Oct-Dec.
Who hasn’t heard of the island of Zanzibar, although few would know where to place it on a world map? Zanzibar is a small misunderstood island, the island where reality is not the one we expected. It has built its reputation on tourist beaches, but it is for its history it deserves your visit. Wars, invasions, intrigues of the clans and slavery have created a unique and rich history on such a small territory. Zanzibar is known as the “spice island” and it gives you a chance to get acquainted with a world of spices for sure. Best time to visit: year round, except mid-March to May and November.
Mafia Island, Pemba Island, Tanga and Bagamoyo
If you want to spend your beach holiday in a place less crowded with tourists, these are good options. Mafia and Pemba are small islands with stunning beaches near the Tanzanian coast. Mafia gives you a chance to go swimming with the whale sharks. Tanga and Bagamoyo are small towns at the coast full of history and with beautiful beaches to relax on, and Pemba island is one of the best destinations for experienced divers.