Tanzania National Parks
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
You just have to see and experience this world wonder with your own eyes! Its crater is five times more sensational than it looks on screen. For lack of a befitting description, it is a 30km diameter rock bowl which is about 600m deep and endowed with volcanic soil.
This has facilitated the growth of nutrient-filled grass thereby attracting just about every African animal. It is as lush as it was when Africa had just been colonized, with a lake full of pink flamingos. As the sun rises, beautiful clouds hang over the crater making it look as beautiful as a million-dollar painting.
It has few trees, just wide open spaces and yes, it is possible to see one end of the crater to another.
Humans have been at this huge treasure trove for 3.5 million years and for good reason, it’s beauty is just what you need to tickle your senses. Its view from the crater rim is awe-inspiring to the dot. You will see a rain-forest on the top and a Savannah-like plantation below with the lake full of flamingos,
In short, the drive-through Ngorongoro is nothing short of incredible. As you enter the crater at daybreak, a surreal feeling sweeps over you. You will see buffaloes calving, leopards camouflaging in tall grass, elephants grazing everywhere, The lions look well-fed thanks to the diversity of prey to feast on. As the sun gets hot, they look lazy and spend more time napping to avoid overheating their bodies.
The rhinos and their babies tend to stay distant from the trails. To get clear views of them, carry binoculars. Otherwise, all the other animals can be enjoyed as they draw close to the safari car. You will lose count of the number of zebras orderly cross tracks rights in-front of your car. In the natural pools, hippos are visible.
Tarangire National Park Tanzania
Whether you opt for a game drive or bush walk here, you are guaranteed of meeting over 100 elephants by the time of your departure. It is found in an endearing geographical setting, with a river running through it.
Due to its specialty in Elephants, it has countless herds of African elephants that are very large, beautiful, and relatively darker than Asian elephants.
Most of them comprise of members of different age brackets ranging from mature ones that are over 50 years to calves that are few days old.
Their tusks are smaller compared to elephants in the other national parks across East Africa.
In the dry season, you will see them digging the ground for water using their trunks, tusks, and front feet.
Beyond elephants, Serengeti is big on Savannah park with beautiful vistas in every direction as far as the eye can see.
It is not as vast as the Serengeti, but it delivers a similar vibe and a huge number of animals:, droves of wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and giraffes.
If it’s your lucky day, you might even spot cheetahs celebrating a successful hunt. There are lots of different types of trees, including huge baobabs. You will love the changing scenery and see loads of unique different tree species, inclusive of baobabs. From a distance, they look like they were planted upside down with their branches and canopy in the ground, and roots up.
Serengeti National Park Tanzania
Unlike most parks where you have to wait for three days to see all the Big 5 animals, here you can see all of them in one hour. Covering 14,750 km2 (5,700 sqmi), it is an endless flat plain with short grass that makes it very easy to view wildlife. In their midst are rocks where lions hide while waiting for their prey. In the rainy season, the grass is green. In the dry season, it turns golden brown.
The Park is divided into 3 sections, the most popular being the southern/central part (Seronera Valley). The western corridor is highlighted by the Grumeti River, a source of life for forests and dense bush. In the north, you will find, Lobo area next to Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve.
Most nature lovers come to Serengeti hoping to see enough animals during the great migration but end up seeing millions and so much more. Barely five minutes after driving into the park, you will see a lioness teaching her playful cubs how to hunt.
Every possible wildlife experience that you can envision is captured here during the migration phases. Roughly 200,000 zebras migrate in an orderly fashion from the northern hills to the southern savannah for the short rains every October and November. Next, they turn towards west and north after the long rains in April, May, and June.
Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania
Manyara is the closest you will come to a garden of Eden if ever there was one.
You will get that special feeling of being in a wildlife documentary as you are driven around amongst so many birds, each with a fascinating character. The park covers 325 km2 (125 sqmi) along the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
Among the activities, you can do here include morning game drives, canoeing, night game drives, cultural tours, mountain bike tours, and abseiling on a historical escarpment.
You will see lots of pink flamingos and then you will find countless elephants grazing in the open and tree-climbing lions napping after eating a wildebeest.
At the lake, you are likely to see a green mamba swimming or a large monitor lizard. The baboons always stay close to elephants hoping to reap what they harvest.
While at the picnic area, keep an eye on the Blue Monkeys. They have a habit of stealing people’s fruits.