With 14,700 square kilometers, this is Tanzania’s largest park, a symbol of African wildlife and primeval beauty; it contains a million and a half plains’ game, the greatest and most spectacular concentration of animals anywhere in the world. It is not unusual to see 40 or more lions in a day’s game viewing.
The bulk of the area consists of vast open plains with lofty rocky outcrops. Also found are acacia and savannah woodland and scrub; forested and mature treed rivers; an occasional swamp and small lake. The park ranges in altitude from 910 meters up to 1,820 meters. Unrivalled photographic opportunities exist when the great animal migration is on. There is a wealth of bird life in the area where the larger species of birds of prey, game birds and water fowl are well represented. Here also a unique historical find revealed a settlement site of people dating from 1000 to 100 B.C.
With 2600 square kilometers, this is a most spectacular park during the dry season when several thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire River.
A special feature of the park is the Greater Kudu but it is also good for rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion and a host of other species. The reserve has nine distinct vegetation areas and generally covers arid acacia/thorn bush country.
This is one of the areas to visit when staying at the Tanzanian coast – Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. The area is easily accessible by daily scheduled air from Dar es Salaam and is serviced by permanent camps and lodges.
This is a huge park, of which just a small part has been developed for visitors. It is probably Africa’s largest sanctuary for Elephants. The park is watered by the Ruaha river which also affords visitors unequalled game viewing opportunity.
Activities here centre around boat rides on river Rufiji and escorted game walks
With 265 square kilometers, being the largest crater in existence and having a diameter of 20 kilometers, it is the home for 40,000 animals, including the big five. The caldera also contains perennial swamps which are an important migratory point for flamingos, and contains two patches of dense acacia woodlands called Lerai and Laindi forests.
In the area, natural phenomena contain the deep water lakes of Embagi, waterfalls of Munge, the active volcano of Ol Donyo Lengai, and the shifting sands. Some of the earliest archeological finds containing Neolithic graves and rock workings have been aptly described as one of the wonders of the world. Among the exceptional bird life can be found Lammergeyer, Vereaux eagle, Egyptian vulture, rosy breasted long claw, golden winged sunbird, eastern double collared sunbird and Abyssinian night jay.
With 3510 square kilometers, it adjoins a portion of the southern boundary of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. Being a very arid area, with open plains, thorn bush and isolated rocky hills, it is the home to elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, Oryx and lesser kudu as well as other lesser game. Bird life is particularly interesting
With 1300 square kilometers located a stride a main road; it is the most accessible park from Dar-es-Salaam where its principal feature is the flood plain of the Mkata River.
The haunt of many elephants, buffalo, lion, hippo and a great variety of animals, it also includes the greater Kudu, Sable antelope and Lichens teens hartebeest. Bird life is extremely varied with many colorful and interesting species occurring which are not found in the northern parks
With 325 square kilometers nestling under the wall of the Great Rift Valley, this enchanting park consists of five distinct vegetation zones- a ground water forest with towering mahogany and fig trees; extensive marshland and reeds; plain of open grassland on the precipitous face of the Rift wall.
The park is famous for its numerous buffalo, elephant and in particular the lions which have the unusual habit of lying upon the branches of some of the trees. Leopard and rhino are seen in most areas of the park. Manyara is noted for its wealth of birdlife which often include thousands of lesser flamingos.
With 1872 square kilometers of reserve, Africa’s highest mountain (5895 meters) dominates the area of mountain rain forest, scrub, alpine moorlands, and ice fields. Kibo, the highest peak, is basically one which can be reached by a strenuous walk carried out by fit climbers, and is popular for many visitors where a minimum of five days is required.
A fantastic view of Africa can be had from the top on a fine day. Inevitably the area below the snow line is shrouded in cloud.
Although a few animals such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and eland may be found, the rare Abbots duiker is the prime attraction. Among the birds of special interest, those of note are Lammergeyer, scarlet-tuffed malachite sunbirds and the mountain chat.
With 45,000 square kilometers, this is not only Africa’s biggest game reserve but it is the oldest. It is also the least accessible and the least known. Consisting of woodlands with grassy flood plains and dense forest patches, it provides a home for large herds of elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard and hippo, where in fact the elephant herds are the largest in Africa.
Containing some of the area is accentuated by the Rufuji river system which flows through its centre making effecting communication impossible
With 117 square miles, the Arusha Park is an extremely interesting area being located on the side of Mount Meru which, while having thick forested slopes rises dramatically into the sky representing a classical extinct volcanic cone.
The Ngurdoto Park is famous for its unique crater, the thick highland rain forest sections, acacia woodland and string of seven crater lakes of Momella. However, the miniature Ngurdoto crater has been set aside as a reserve within a reserve. Down inside is a wealth of wildlife buffalo, elephant, rhino and many other animals, but no lions. This 2.4 kilometer wide crater is closed to man and is a sanctuary for wildlife only.
The beautiful Marinas trogon is found in the forests, as is the crowned hawk eagle, the African broad bill and the broad ringed white eye.
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