Tanzania is a vast and expansive country comprising of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarangire National Parks. For travelers wanting an authentic Safari experience, Tanzania is the place to be. Timing is however important if wildlife viewing it the only thing to do on your list. From amazing white sand beaches, tropical islands, the wild Savannah and the rainforests of Africa Tanzania is a magical destination not to be missed.
Serengeti National Park
No trip to Tanzania would be complete without a trip to the Serengeti National Park. With year round game viewing and an annual migration between November and July, the Serengeti is a true safari experience. The size and abundance of animals within the park is mind boggling but it does ensure that visitors never go without an animal sighting.
Thirty thousand animals, including the Big 5 occupy the crater of an extinct volcano close to the outskirts of the Serengeti. The crater is vast and include wetlands, forest and grasslands as well as spectacular accommodation that is perched on the cliff tops. Game / animal viewing can be arranged via safari tour or from the comfort of one’s chalet.
Set in the shadow of Mount Meru, Arusha is a perfect first stop for safari travelers. With a host of cultural activities, curio shops and local historical places to visit, Arusha is not only famous for its wildlife viewing. However, for those coming to see the animals, Arusha National Park is a worthwhile stop off. Even if it’s just a tester for the bigger, more vast parks.
Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is a thriving city that allows those wanting to explore the more remote areas of Tanzania access. Selous, a lesser known nature reserve offer amazing game watching, although it doesn’t touch the larger parks, however accommodation is aplenty and the rawer, more wild approach to a safari is welcomed by some travelers.
Tarangire National Park
Near Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater is Tarangire National park. Between June and October, the dry season drives the wild animals to the Tarangire River which means safari goers are able to see massive concentrations of wildlife, especially elephants. Because of the water source the bird watching is out of this world, with more than 500 species of birds to be viewed.
Undoubtedly the most iconic mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro can be viewed from Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and allows visitors to climb its peaks between July and October or January to March every year. No technical climbing is needed but it isn’t an easy climb and guides should be made use of.