The National Parks

The National Parks

Serengeti National Park

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaWithout a doubt Serengeti National Park is the most famous game reserve of this planet and a must for your safari in Tanzania. In the park there are more than 3 million wild animals living on the endless savanne. You can find the Big Five here although the Rhino is sometimes hard to find because of it's rarity. We can almost guarantee that you'll see the other 4 members of the Big Five because of the many wild animals living there. You can also find more than 500 species of birds here.

Every year there is the immense migration of about 1,5 million wildebeast and 200.000 zebras, a spectacle consisting of herds of about 40-50 km. in length which are closely followed by predators, who await their chance with the weaker animals. It's not to say when exactly the migration takes place; it's an unpredictable and spontaneous event, associated by the arrival of the rain. The short rainy season begins around mid October and ensures that the first herds migrate from the Masai Mara (Kenya) to the green grass plains in the south east of the Serengeti.

The calves are born in January and February and when the grass plains are stripped mid-March the first herds go westward again.

Many other animals like gazelles, giraffess and predators have a fixed territory so there is always plenty to see in the entire park.

Ngorongoro Crater

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaNgorongoro crater at 2.286 km above sea level is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Very steep walls rising 610m from the crater floor surround it. It is a natural amphi-theatre, which measures 19,2 kms in diameter and 304 sp kms in area. It is a home to upto 30.000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos.

The rhino's come out of the forests in the mists of early morning and their pre historic figures make an outstanding impression. Animals are free to enter or leave the crater, but many of them stay because there is plenty of water and grass available on the crater floor throughout the year. More than a hundred unique species of birds live on the bottom of the crater around Lake Magadi as well. Between the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater is the cradle of mankind Oldupai Gorge. Here anthropologist Dr. Leakey and his team discovered tracks and bones of more than 3 million years old (one of the oldest hominid).

You don't want to miss this breathtaking natural wonder during your safari in Tanzania!

Lake Eyasi

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaLake Eyasi is one of the largest lakes in Tanzania and is located at the southwest of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The state of water is seasonal here. You'll find no predators here, which allows you to step into this unique area from your vehicle and to take a walk by the lake and/or to cycle between the boabob- and acacia trees.

What makes this area really special is the opportunity to visit 2 local tribes living authentically; the Datoga and Hadzabe. The members of the Hadzabe tribe communicate with each other in 'click' language; a very special sound!

A remarkable experience that we can always include to your safari in Tanzania..

Lake Manyara National Park

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaAt Lake Manyara National Park you'll find yourself in a jungle of paradise full of monkeys and gurgling streams with crystal clear water. At the entrance of the park you'll be greeted by many baboons.

Deeper in the park's forest it's less wooded and there it turns into a steppe-like area around the lake. This is the meeting place for many wildlife species: elephants, hippos, waterbuck, wildebeest, impala and also predators such as lions and hyenas. Around the lake usually live thousands of flamingos, pelicans, ibises, herons and majestic ospreys. At the Hippo Pool there is a large number of hippos to study up close. The plashing and yawning from the huge beasts is an entertaining spectacle. Looking up you can find the tree climbing lions where they have the curious habit of doing an occasional nap in a tree..

Tarangire National Park

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaA hilly region with a red color of the earth which is bisected by the Tarangire River. This beautiful park is dotted with baobab trees and you'll find many different animals like elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, eland, including some very rare black rhinos. The swamps are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier grounds you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird, and the ostrich, the world's largest bird.

Cloudless skies, day after day.

A very nice national park to start your safari in Tanzania!.

Arusha National Park

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaAt the foot of Mount Meru you'll find Arusha National Park, only 30 minutes driving from Arusha. This is the habitat of baboons, colobus monkeys, giraffes, buffalo, waterbuck, reedbuck, elephants and bird. During a day trip you'll visit Ngurdoto Crater in the morning and Momella Lakes in the afternoon where you can do a canoeing safari.

The closest national park to Arusha town.

For your safari in Tanzania Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park are highly recommended.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National ParkRuaha is now Tanzania’s largest national park and offers excellent wildlife viewing. It is particularly good for spotting predators, including very large prides of lion and the endangered wild dog. Elephants and a big variety of antelope species are another big draw to the park. It also has outstanding wilderness appeal, with limited exclusive, luxury camps available.

All big cats are regularly seen, and wild dog are the star attraction. They are especially easy to find when denning. Several antelope species that are rare or absent in northern Tanzania, such as greater and lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope, are often encountered.

The main feature of the park is the Great Ruaha River, which attracts loads of animals in the dry season. The dominant vegetation is brachystegia (miombo) woodland, and some areas are dotted with the impressive baobab tree.

Selous Game Reserve

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaThe Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa and is located close to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Though the game viewing here is fantastic, boat safaris and camping trips are what stand out the most. The fact that Selous is a quiet destination compared to other Tanzanian parks might also be a plus. Expect to see both eastern and southern African wildlife here. So, reserve your safari today! With Friends from Africa you’ll surely experience the adventure of a lifetime!

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