Tanzania is known as the world’s most breathtaking safari destination. It is a country of incredible natural beauty with a fantastic range of landscapes and attractions. Home to the world famous Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Selous Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park, it is exceptionally rich in wildlife. Moreover, it is home of the worldwide unique nature phenomenon – the great migration.
ZanTours is able to arrange safaris to all National Parks and Game Reserves in Tanzania. We have long experience and best access to flights through our sister company ZanAir. Most National Parks have airstrips, that accommodate small planes. Hence they are easy to access from Zanzibar. There are scheduled flights to Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve – just to mention a few.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania covering 2,850 square kilometers, in Lake Manyara region. The name Tarangire originates from the Tarangire River, which flows through the park and is the only source of water for animals during the dry season. Tarangire is famous for having many elephants, baobab trees, as well as the rare tree climbing lions. The Park is also home to over 500 bird species and other animals. You will see olive baboons, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, the dwarf mongoose and many other wild animals. In 2015, rangers spotted a white albino giraffe. The park is also famous for the big termite mounds all over the park. You can reach the park by car from Arusha in about 2 hours.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Lake Manyara National Park is located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region – in Northern Tanzania. The majority of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east. The park covers 330 square kilometers of land and the lake covers 200 square kilometers. It is mostly famous for the lake, which is home to the pink flamingos. You will find them in flocks of thousands during the wet season. The park also inhabits over 400 birds species throughout the year and other animals like leopards, Maasai lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippopotami, Maasai giraffes, impalas, zebras and many others. You can reach the park by road from Arusha or by plane.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
It is a Conservation Area, UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, 180 kilometers west of Arusha. Ngorongoro Crater is mostly famous for being the world’s largest, inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater is also a unique attraction, because it is the only conservation area in Tanzania that protects wildlife while allowing human habitation. The area is home to more than 30,000 animals including the rare black rhino, East African wild dogs and leopards. The Conservation Area protects also Olduvai Gorge, in the plains area. Scientists consider it as the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of the human genus. Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Ngorongoro is reachable by plane and by car from Arusha in about 3 hours.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Serengeti is in north-western of Tanzania, with borders in the north to Kenya and in southeast to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It covers 14,750 square kilometres of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebras. Serengeti is also known for having the largest population of lions in Africa and for its resident wildlife – particularly the ‘Big Five’. The park is also home to Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, wildebeests, topis, elands, water bucks, spotted hyenas, striped hyenas. Furthermore to mention are baboons, impala, East African wild dogs, Maasai giraffes and many other wild animals. It also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostriches, secretary birds, crowned cranes, and many species of vultures. Serengeti is reachable by plane from Arusha in around 40 minutes or by car from Arusha, which takes around 7-8 hours.
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
It is the largest national park in Tanzania and covers 20,226 square kilometers. Great Ruaha River, which flows along the south-eastern margins gave the name to this national park in Central Tanzania. Furthermore is the river a very famous game-viewing spot. Ruaha is home to a large elephant population and over 500 bird species. Visitors will find cheetahs, leopards, lions, African wild dogs, giraffes, hippopotami, Cape buffaloes, sable antelopes and many other wild animals. You can reach Ruaha by car on a dirt road from Iringa in approximately 2 hours and by plane from Selous or Arusha.
SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Tanzania and located in the South. It is one of the largest animal reserves in the world – covering 54,600 square kilometres. Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, is the name giver to the Reserve. He died at Beho Beho in 1917, while fighting against the Germans during World War I. UNESCO designated the Game Reserve as a World Heritage Site back in 1982 due to its diverse wildlife and undisturbed nature. Although total wildlife populations are high, the reserve is large and density of animals is lower than in Northern Circuit. Interesting places in the park include the Rufiji River, which flows into the Indian Ocean. Furthermore Stiegler Gorge, which is a canyon of 100 meters depth and 100 meters width. There are daily flights from Arusha, Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar to Selous.