Tanzania is a case of success regarding Nature conservation and endangerous species protection. The country soon understood that they have been presented with some of the greatest natural wonders to be found on Earth. And quickly they learned how to conserve them and take good care of them.
In fact, many conservation works have been done here, specially those related with fighting Elephant Hunting and saving one of the most endangerous species in the world, the Black Rhino. Jane Goodall also become famous for her pioneer work with the Chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park.
Blessed by nature with 14 national parks (there are even more, but these ones are the most famous) one can found everything in Tanzania. Tanzania is what comes to your mind when you think of Africa. There are parks that are as large as many european countries like the Serengeti National park and Selous Game Reserve. There are parks, like Katavi National Park or Ruaha National Park that are so untouched by humans they reassemble the descriptions of Africa by white hunters and missionaires who came here centuries ago. Parks where you can have a million of acres just for yourself and see more lions than people. There are parks like Gombe Stream National Park or Mahale Mountains National Park where you will be able to see large groups of Chimpanzees and Gorillas. There are parks like Saadani National park where you can join pristine beaches and the wild bush. Other parks, such as Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its Ngorongoro Crater have a beauty that is so stunning, so breathtaking that it is impossible to put into words. And what about Kilimanjaro National Park? Where you can see giraffes with the world's tallest free standing mountain, the roof of Africa, in the background?
Well, there are really parks for every taste and interest and we haven't even spoke about Zanzibar, with world class beaches of white sand and turquoise warm water. Tanzania is definitely one of the top destinations of the world.
In the following map, you can see the 14 national parks. To learn more about each one and see what we recommend, move your mouse over the map and click in one park.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro crater is something like you've never seen before. Nowhere in the world is it possible to find a place that looks like this one. It's widely regarded as one of the wonders of the world and included in the list of world heritage sites since 1978. Imagine driving to the rim of a huge crater, which is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, just to have the see the best landscape of your life, with the steaming lake in the middle. Pick up the binoculars and notice how the crater is full of animals. You will feel like you have come back in time or that you are in a Jurassic park movie. Then, imagine driving deep into the crater bottom to discover it is the place with the biggest concentration of wildlife in the world. You will have a great chance of seeing the big5 in a single day. It's something that is hard to put into words so please go and see with your own eyes this incredible place on Earth.
You can also visit Olduvai Gorge, regarded as the cradle of banking, where hominid fossils with more than 3 million years were found.
The concentration of animals cannot be exaggerated. It's a sanctuary for animal enthusiasts. Large predators include lions, leopards, cheetahs, golden and black-backed jackals and spotted hyenas. But you can also find other mammals like the Rhino (including the rare black rhino), elephants, hippos, waterbucks, bushbucks, elands, giraffes (only outside the crater), zebras, wildebeests, buffalos, warthogs, baboons, tsessebes, impalas (only outside the crater), thomson's gazelles, etc.
There is also an abundant bird life, which of course include the beautiful pink Flamingoes on the shores of lake Magadi. There are also many ostriches, kori bustards, rosy-throated long claws, augur buzzards, crested eagles and the localized Egyptian vultures.
When to go
Great throughout the whole year but from the end of March to the end of May you will have great chances of rain.
What to do
4x4 game drives, hunting with Hadzabe people and Olduvai Gorge.
What we suggest
Not much to say here. One of the great highlights of your visit to Tanzania, along the Serengeti, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro.