In Tanzania you will be spoilt for choice of what to see and where to go, so before booking your African safari, do a little research. Knowing the right ones for you to visit means you can maximise your safari experience. For example, having a great time with the family or finally get those wildlife shots you have been dreaming about. Avoid the mistakes others make and take a closer look at what all of your potential Safari Wildlife Park destinations have to offer.
And remember, Africa is not all about seeing animals. There are a lot of vibrant cities, amazing beaches and a weath of different cultural experiences waiting for you too. So to get the ball rolling and help you have the time of your life, we have but together the following list of our best national parks for you to consider before your visit.
1. Serengeti National Park
One of the world’s best known wildlife sanctuaries, this iconic park is located in northern Tanzania. Serengeti National Park covers 5,700 square miles (14,763 square kilometers) and it can be visited almost all year round. The green season is always the best for seeing the highest concentration of animals.
It is best known for the great migration, which is the largest movement of wildlife on earth. In pursuit of food and water, more than one and a half million wildebeest and half a million zebra and antelope migrate north from the Serengeti to the adjoining Masai Mara reserve in Kenya every year. It is also a home of the highest concentration of Africa’s ‘big’ animals, which makes this park top of the list.
2. The Ngorongoro Crater
Added on our list of the best African safari wildlife parks because of its uniqueness. Ngorongoro crater is a deep, largest unfolded and unbroken caldera in the world. The crater covers 20 kilometers across, 300 square kilometers and 600 meters deep. This area is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Experience stunning natural landscapes while birds sound accompanies your trip. Ngorongoro crater sometime is referred to as an eighth wonder of the world.
3. The Great Migration
Although it is not a park in of itself, the Great Migration is the term for the movement of millions of animals across Africa each year. The spectacle is a can’t-miss sight for many tourists. The best place to see the Great Migration is in Kenya between July and October. More than one million wildebeest travel together across the plains in the largest migration herd in the world. These animals are members of the antelope family and can weigh as much as 600lbs. The route the animals travel is filled with predators and the wildebeest travel through many rivers, many with hungry crocodiles. Seeing nature at play will be a spectacle you won’t soon forget.
4. Tarangire National Park
This park is best known for it’s a large number of elephants herds. Tarangire is located on the northern Tanzania, just a few hours drive to Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. Your trip to Tarangire will not be just about seeing elephants, this park is rich in various animals, birds, and stunning landscapes. Baobab trees are the most iconic distinct from the other park. You can also enjoy viewing other animals like Lions, Zebra, Leopards, Buffaloes and more as you might expect on other parks.
5. Lake Manyara National Park
If you don’t want to leave Africa without seeing a troop of baboons, then head to Lake Manyara National Park. It has eleven different ecosystems enabling hundreds of different species to exist. You will be able to see everything from evergreen forests, to swamps and cliffs like the one in Disney’s, The Lion King. When you enter the park, you will come into a forest of ancient mahogany trees that make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the beginning of the planet. These trees are a favorite spot for lions and elephants, so have the cameras ready!
6. Arusha National Park
As one of the smaller wildlife parks in Africa, Arusha doesn’t get as many tourists as other locations, but perhaps that is what you are looking for. This park features a very rich variety of wildlife including swampy and dense jungle. If you are big into monkies, Arusha is the destination for you. It’s the only park in northern Tanzania where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey can be seen swinging from tree to tree. The park features seven tranquil alkaline lakes of various shades of green and blue dies to the different minerals and algae present in them. On the shores of these lakes, you will often find giraffes, pink flamingos, hippos, and many different varieties of water birds.
This park is also home to Mount Meru, which is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and is a dormant volcano. Give it a climb and enjoy the view of the Rift Valley and Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
And then there are other experiences worth considering…
1. Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro is a snow-capped mountain in the middle of a massive savannah. This unique feature is a magnet for thousands of people every year with many coming for the challenge of climbing it. The mountain is so large and unique that it features many different climate zones. During your week-long ascent, you will find yourself moving from the bush and grasslands of the savannah, into a dense rainforest, then onto a moorland, before reaching the alpine desert zone. At the very top you will find yourself in an arctic zone, with only rocks and ice for the company, so be prepared.
2. Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria is huge, spreading almost 30,000 miles. The basin was formed from movements in the earth’s crust and is quite shallow. Half of the lake is in Tanzania and that area is a great spot to fish and go birdwatching. If you are visiting the Serengeti, then adding Lake Victoria to your itinerary is an excellent idea. The body of water is just west of the park and can make a great addition to any safari. For those who love fishing, Lake Victoria is a can’t-miss. As one of the largest inland fisheries in the world, the lake provides food for many animals and people. Keep an eye out for perch and tilapia! However, it is important to know that the lake is currently experiencing problems from overfishing, so be sure to check if permits are available before planning a fishing excursion.
Tall coconut palms, exotic coral reefs, and miles of white sandy beaches make Zanzibar one of the most beautiful and relaxing destinations in Africa. The barrier reefs feature tropical fish and beautiful coral for snorkelers to enjoy. Zanzibar is home to about 25 stunning beaches. Two of the most popular being Ningwi and Kendwa. If laying on the sand isn’t exciting enough for you, then you can enjoy a wide variety of water sports, including windsurfing and scuba diving. There are amazing sea turtles, stingrays, octopi, and lionfish that lie just below the water’s surface. The historic town of Stone, is a little village in the heart of Zanzibar and is has an abundance of restaurants, markets, gardens, and kind people. Enjoy the Arab, Persian, Europian, and Indian influences that make this town unique.
We hope this article can give you a lead toward making the right decision towards planning your next trip. The important thing to note is that Africa is not just all about wildlife. There is a lot to explore on your trip. We advise to include at least one other experience, like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or going to our beautiful tropical beaches. But if you just don’t know how to get started, feel free to contact us.