THE NATIONAL PARKS

Serengeti

THE SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

The endless plains of the Serengeti lie 330km of Arusha. Its 15,000 sq km support the annual migration of over 3 million wildebeest, Zebra and other plains game gather to undertake their long trek to new grazing lands. After the rains, the Serengeti's magical golden horizon is transformed into an endless green carpet, flecked with wildflowers.

Tanzania's first and most famous park, the Serengeti, is renowned for its wealth of leopard and Lion. The vast reaches of the park are a hiding place for the endangered Black Rhino and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable Cheetah, alongside the Serengeti's thousands of other diverse species, from the 500 varieties of birds to 100 different types of Dung Beetle.

Witnessing the power of the migration is an unforgettable experience for even the most seasoned African traveler.

NGORONGORO CRATER

The Ngorongoro conservation area covers 2286 sq km and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro crater- including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai, and the famous Olduvai George. The Ngorongoro conservation Area is quite simply the most spectacular tourist destination in Africa-unequalled in its magnificence, its wildlife and its atmosphere.

Added to the beautiful scenery, the archaeological wealth and the wildlife, is a proud people - the Maasai - a pastoral tribe which has managed to preserve its culture over hundreds of years, living in total harmony with the wild animals.

NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS

The peak and craters of seven extinct volcanoes create an inspiring, challenging landscape for hikers. An active volcano, Oldonyo Lengai (Mountain of God for the Maasai) stands just outside our border.

The highlands were formed by volcanic activity cones building up around vents in the earth's crust followed by expansion, merging and the collapse of the cones.

EYASI

Lake Eyasi has a mildly Alkaline it stretches for about 50km to the southwest. 100 years ago there where movements where by the Maasai tribes moved to Ngorongoro and Serengeti. This resulted to the Datoga and other indigenous bushman to move to the south. Along the shoes of the lake and the forests are home to a wide variety of wildlife including leopard, hippopotamus and variety of monkeys, there are various species of birds and a few Flamingoes, Pelicans and Storks. There are also some springs in Tarangire that sustain a small reservoir that is used as a small Tilapia farm. In Eyasi there are private campsites which are located in the forest clearings by the lake, where it provides a grassy tent space, toilet and showers that are made from local materials. At night the cool breeze keeps the mosquitoes away.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

The park located 120km south of Arusha and offers a variety of wildlife in its area of 2600 sq km. The principle features of the park are the flood plains and the grassland with thinly scattered acacia and baobabs.

ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

Only 32 km from Arusha and less than 140 sq km, this small park offers an amazingly varied topography. The rocky craters and ash cone of Mount Meru, mountain forest and Flamingos in Momela Lakes. More than 400 species of birds, both migrant and resident, can be found in Arusha National Park alongside rare primates such as the black-and-white colobus monkey.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Lake Manyara consists of a small pocket of riverine forest nested at the foot of the Rift Valley escarpment. It is famous for its tree climbing lions, blue and velvet monkeys and baboons can be viewed. Canoeing on the lakes and villages walks add dynamic elements to the safari opportunities.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

The Selous Game Reserve is the largest protected area in the world, covering area around 55,000sq km. Its size is bigger than Switzerland or Denmark. It is uninhabited and almost untouched by human interference. Visitors therefore find themselves in a pristine wilderness far away from the trodden tourist routes. Its wildlife is spectacular and some mammal populations (Buffaloes, Elephants, Hippos, Wild Dogs, Crocodiles) are the largest in Africa. The rivers and the lake systems are also unique to East Africa. Nowhere else can one experience boat or walking safaris through more spectacular wildlife concentrations.

There around 440 species of birds in the selous, which makes it a prime spot for birdwatchers. It encompasses a wide variety of wildlife habitants, including open grasslands, Acacia and Miombo wood lands, as well as river line forests. The swamps form an important habitant for wet land plants, reptiles and migratory birds. With its expansive area of Miombo woodlands, the Selous is one of the largest forest that is under protection. Due to its unique ecological importance it has been designated a "World Hertage Site" by the United Nations in 1982.

MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

Mikumi is located less than 300km from Dar es Salaam. It is one of the most popular parks in Tanzania. It is an important center for education where one can study ecology and conservation. Crocodiles, monitor lizards and pythons are residents. Lion are common as packs of wild dogs are elsewhere in Africa.

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

This is Tanzanian's second Largest National Park. The Miombo woodland and characteristics sand rivers of Ruaha support a unique range of wildlife.

WESTERN HIGHLANDS (KIGOMA)

The western highlands lace a ridge of the rift valley escapement, high above lake Tanganyika and within the game filled enclaves that sit along its spine. There exists two small perfectly-formed words of natural splendor and one vast expanse of prime Africa bush. None of them are accessible by car.

KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

Katavi National Park: Tanzania's least-visited park, where the only hard and determined enough to make the journey, ever tread foot. Populous herds of buffalo, tree climbing lions, African's largest hippo and crocodile populations.

GOMBE STREAMS

Tanzania's smallest National Park was established to protect the chimpanzees that had been has studied by Jane Goodall and her team. This research has habituated some troops to human presence , allowing guests the opportunity to encounter groups of Chimpanzees in their natural habitant.