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  • Size: 552 sq Km
  • Distance from Arusha: 25 Km.

Description:

The Arusha national park, the home of Mount Meru is always considered as green jewel that overlooked by visitors, worried they will not see that much wildlife. However, Arusha National Park has such a lot to offer and dazzles with a perfect mix of flora and fauna and diversified landscapes. Passing the “small Serengeti” during a game drive, you are likely to spot peaceful herds of buffaloes, shy bushbucks on the edge of the forest as well as warthogs and zebras. Heading towards the Ngurdoto Crater you will soon find yourself in a lush rainforest – a great place to spot the athletic black and white colobus monkey as well as the elegant mitis monkey. The Ngurdoto Crater is basically a smaller version of the Ngorongoro Crater and has a diameter of about 3 km. With a bit of lucky you might even spot buffaloes in the swamps on the crater floor.

Due to the low numbers of predators in the park, walking safaris are permitted. This is a must for anyone wanting to get a closer look at the moss-covered trees and the occasional redhot pokers as well as for those wanting to get up close to wildlife. Walking safari, you will experience wildlife safari in close distance such as buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes and a variety of birds such as the silvery cheeked hornbill, little bee-eater and the occasional long crested eagle. The walk takes visitors to the refreshing Tululusia waterfalls and back to the Momella gate.

On the way towards the Momella Lakes, visitors are in for a treat as common waterbucks and reedbucks love to hang around the lake shore. An array of water birds like cormorants, kingfishers and beautiful flamingos are also often spotted. There are seven alkaline lakes to be seen and each lake has a different salt concentration. Visitors also have the option of going on a canoe trip on the small Momella Lake.

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  • Size 330 sq km
  • Distance from Arusha: 126km

Description:

Lake Manyara national park is one of the smallest parks, located in the northern part of Tanzania. The park is comprised with alkaline lake with depth of up 3.7m and has a beautiful landscape as well as collection of wildlife animals and birds.  The animals to be seen here are Elephants, Zebras, wildebeests, Buffaloes, hippos, waterbucks, impalas, leopards, lions, giraffes, Baboon, blue monkey, and blackface monkey and many others just to mention. There is over 400 species of birds therefore best place for birdwatching tour.

The entrance for Lake Manyara park is located close to the main road going to Karatu town and upon entering the gate you will be welcomed by springs of water forest which boasts with ancient Mahogany tree, giant fig trees, as well as kapok trees. Olive baboon are also common in the area as well as the lions climbing the trees. As you continue, the ground water forest transforms into a flash of greens and yellows signaling the arrival of the acacia forest. Vervet monkeys as well as the noisy red billed hornbills are common residents here.

The lake itself receives its water primarily from the Simba River in the north and the Makuyuni River in the east. However, the rift valley also provides a lot of water mainly in the rainy season. The ground water forest also feeds the swamps that eventually flow into the lake.

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  • Size: 3,245 sq km
  • Distance from Moshi: 110km

Description:

Mkomazi National Park is located between Tanga and southern dry part of Kilimanjaro region. It’s location between Usamabara and pare mountains make it among the beautiful park to visit at any time of the year. The park gets its water from Umber river which make it worth and ease enough to spot wildlife animals along the river. The vegetation here primarily consists of acacia-commiphora woodlands and towards the western mountain the vegetation changes to dry land forest. Animal to be seen here are Elephants, Giraffe, Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Hyenas, Jackals, Buffaloes, Hartebeests, warthogs, wild dogs, and Rhinos. It is the best place to see Ostrich, Wild Dog and Rhinos. Other species of wildlife birds are also available here such as flamingos, kingfishes, ducks, and many other species.

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Description:

Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and third in East Africa. This mountain is in north Tanzania in Arusha national Park in the west of Mt Kilimanjaro. It is a good acclimatization point for those who want to attempt Kilimanjaro. Mount meru is surrounded the green vegetation in its lower part with wildlife experience and has an amazing landscapes and great view of Arusha city. For those who don’t have much time to climb Kilimanjaro should attempt mount Meru climbing. The mountain is estimated to occurs 250,000 years ago after or during volcanic eruption. It is unique mountain which start with ideal of safari and experience wildlife like Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Wildebeest, warthogs, impalas, Gazelles, Baboon, Monkeys, lions and so many other animals. The park is also home of birdlife such as flamingos in some lake in the parks and other approximately 300 hundred species of birds. Standard climbing required for mount Meru is 4days climb, although possibly for 3days as well and is accompanied by armed ranger for wildlife protection.

The first day takes hikers through the misty rain forest where the famous arched fig tree is located. During this stretch, colobus monkeys and the occasional buffalo are often seen. Depending on the weather, visitors might be lucky to see the Momella lakes and Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. The night will be spent at the Miriakamba Hut.

Today the hikes will take to heather moorland zone that is home to moss covered trees is entered. Hikers also have the option to summit little Meru at 3,820 m. The night will be spent at the Saddle Hut.

The summit attempt usually starts around midnight, ensuring hikers have plenty of time to reach the summit by sunrise. As is to be expected, this is the most difficult part of the climb as the path after Rhino point is quite narrow and steep. This part includes some climbing stages and hikers are advised to tread carefully.

From Socialist Peak at 4,566 m hikers should be able to enjoy the beautiful views from the peak as well as see the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance as the sun rises. From the peak hikers will descend via Miriakamba Hut down to the gate.

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Description:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is in the northern part of Tanzania and trip can easily be organized from Arusha town. The park was officially declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979. It consists with various incredible landscapes such as mountain forest, woodlands, grasslands, lakes, swamps and crater itself. Ngorongoro crater is unique to the fact that is the largest unbroken, inactive, and unfilled caldera in the world with diameter approximately 19km (12 miles) and its majestic walls rise over 610 meters (2000 ft) from the carter flow to the rim. The park is home of all big five such as Elephant, Buffaloes, Lions, black Rhino and Leopard, although due to the nature is hard to sport the leopard. Other animals are easily seen here are wildebeest, zebra, hyenas, Impala, Thomson gazelle, Cheetah, warthogs, hippos and so many other species such as birds like Flamingoes, Ostrich, ostriches, kori bustards, crowned cranes, white backed vultures, black kites, cattle egrets, tawny eagles, augur buzzards and many others.

Apart from the animal and birds, the Ngorongoro crater has a mankind history at Olduvai Gorge, where is believed that the fossil of the first human being was discovered here by Dr. Mary and Louis Leakey.

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  • Size: 14,750 sq meter.
  • Distance from Arusha: 335km

Description:

Serengeti National Park is in the northern Part of Tanzania and is boarded with Masai Mara of Kenya from north and Ngorongoro conservation from South. The park is famous for its spectacular and amazing wildlife migration within the park and Masai mara national park. The park has spectacular landscape with an ending plain in the South of the park.

Trees in this region mostly only appear around the huge granite formations called kopjes. These kopjes are home to the athletic yet lazy rock hyraxes as well as to a mix of reptiles such as colorful agama lizards and snakes. Besides that, the rocks are also the perfect resting place for lions, leopards, and cheetahs.

Cats seem to prefer the kopjes as they serve as a good vantage point for potential prey but also offer much needed shade during the scorching heat of the African sun and provide shelter for their young. All kopjes have names and the most known ones are Simba, Gol, Research and Moru kopjes. It is the home of millions of wildlife that no one will desire to miss this part of world wonders. The seronera valley act as the heart of the park where acacia trees become an attractive for leopard and lions as well as other wildlife, bird’s species and large flocks of black headed herons, marabou storks and various birds of prey. The Retima Hippo Pool can also be found in the Seronera area and act as an attractive part to see these cool natural habitat Hippos.

The Western Corridor, the vegetation changes again and the area predominantly consists of swampy, wooded savannah land, famous for the black cotton soil which is impassible in the rainy season. The two large rivers in this area, the Grumeti and the Mbalageti River both flow into Lake Victoria in the west. The Grumeti River is famous for its huge crocodiles who enjoy basking in the sun during the day while the riverine forest around this area is home to the rare patas monkeys.

The northern part of the park is mainly made up of open woodlands, riverine forests, and mountains. It is here in the north where the majestic Mara River flows and it is this river that all the migrating animals fear crossing due to large crocodile who inhabits in this river. This part of the Serengeti park is only visited during when migration reach at this point which is July to October only.

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  • Size: 2,850 Sq Km
  • Distance from Arusha:118Km

Description:

The Tarangire National park is in the north of Tanzania and has plenty of resident animals although some tend to migrate depending on the time of year. The most seen animals are elephants, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, zebras, wildebeests, dwarf mongoose and ostriches. Lions and Leopards can however also be seen, on some rare occasions even wild dogs have been spotted. Furthermore, the park is home to 550 species of birds and the greater and lesser Kudus as well as oryx also roam the park. The main trees that decorates and make the park unique its baobab and acacia trees.

During the months of June to September the park witnesses a small migration during which thousands of wildebeests and zebras head to the park for better grazing grounds. Elephants and other animals follow suit to gather along the Tarangire River, the only permanent water source in the park. It has been claimed, that up to 2000 elephants reside in the park during these months with some coming as far as from Ambsoseli National Park in Kenya.

Cats are also very much present in the park and lions can be found soaking up the sun on the riverbanks, whereas leopards are sometimes spotted resting in the baobab trees. Cheetahs are around but usually like to stay hidden from unsuspecting prey. African wild dogs have been seen towards the southern part of the park and seeing that the numbers of these efficient hunters are dropping, spotting them can be a real treat.

But it is not only mammals you need to look out for while in Tarangire National Park as the park also boast with 550 different bird species which includes yellow collared lovebirds, red billed hornbills, southern ground hornbills, lilac breasted rollers, ostriches, many kinds of raptors as well as several kinds of water birds just to name a few.

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  • Size: 1280 sq km (Under Enduimet Wildlife Management.)
  • Distance from Moshi: 135 km.

Description:

West Kilimanjaro in located in the north of Tanzania. In the north is bordered with famous Amboseli national park, in the south is bordered with Arusha park and mount Meru while in East is bordered with its majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. It is under Enduimet Wildlife management which act as important part of elephant migratory between Tanzania and Kenya. The area is home of nomadic Maasai people who lives with their cattle among the wildlife.

Most of the area is made up of open savannah, mineral-rich flat pans, acacia woodlands and flat grass land and there are several small mountains that range in height from 1000m to 2000m.

Wildlife frequently seen in the west Kilimanjaro area includes, giraffe, buffaloes, impala, gerenuk, zebras, warthogs, wildebeest, and laser kudus. Also, predators can be seen hear although are very shy, are like hyenas, jackals, leopard, cheetah, and occasionally lions.

The rich birdlife in West Kilimanjaro makes for great birdwatching. Some of the notable species are Masai ostrich, kori bustards, crested francolins, white headed buffalo weavers, tawny eagles, and white-bellied go-away birds. Of course, your bird checklist will fill up quite quickly during your stay.

Best activities you can involve into west Kilimanjaro unlike other parks are walking safari and night game drive. Walking safari accompanied by local Maasai warrior can bring close to local flora and fauna and experience the nature by a true walk that make you find yourself in the heart of the jungle. The night game driver is another experience that one should not miss as is taking you to unseen environment which leaves with puzzle of what going to happen, yet makes you see some wildlife that cannot easily seen during the day. Lastly you can also enjoy the cultural activist from nomadic Maasai real life get the sense on how this tribe co-sist with nature.

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