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PARKS

Did you know? There are 17 national parks in Tanzania and 7 game reserves covering over 40,000 square miles (100,000 square meters) of protected land.

Our services focus on the parks of the Northern Circuit:  Arusha, Lake Manyara, Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Arusha National Park

Home of Mount Meru and located conveniently on the outskirts of the city of Arusha, this park is great for a day trip if you have some extra time in Tanzania. You can also climb the mountain itself.

Zebras, buffalo, warthogs and many types of antelope are everywhere while elephants, giraffes and leopards can be spotted as well. This park also has interesting views, with the towering peak of Meru, the Moiyo waterfall and the arched fig tree.

Lake Manyara

The smallest park of the northern circuit, much of it is covered by a large soda lake. Perfect for bird lovers, this park is home to hundreds of species of birds and known for the flamingos that feed on the lake's algae.

While it is known as the "home of tree climbing lions," the park's carnivores can be difficult to spot. Driving through the forest, you are sure to see baboons and monkeys as well as interesting plant life.

Located along the Great Rift Valley, the views into this park are spectacular.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Towering over the town of Moshi, the iconic snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro entices climbers from all over the world. The tallest mountain in Africa and a highly accessible climb, this summit is a popular "bucket list" item.

In the rainforest zone, black and white colobus and blue monkeys can be seen. A variety of birds are also found at different altitudes. Elephants and leopards are even said to be in the park, though sightings are extremely rare due to the large number of tourists using the trails.

Not ready to commit to the full trek?  Ask us about doing a day hike.

Ngorongoro Conversation area contains four major regions: highland plains, savannah, forest and the volcanic caldera. This park has amazing cultural, historical, geographical and ecological significance.

The Ngorongoro highlands are home to thousands of Maasai. This area is unique in the fact that humans, livestock and wild animals live in harmony.

Olduvai Gorge, located in the plains regions, is one of the most important paleontological sites in the world. Remains of the earliest known humans have been found here; it is believed that humans have occupied the area for the past 1.9 million years.

The crater itself is the world's largest volcanic caldera, formed when a large volcano erupted and collapsed on itself. Today, the crater hosts a variety of wildlife, including the critically endangered black rhino and one of the densest populations of lions in the world.

Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti

The Serengeti, Maasai for "endless plains," is the most well-known and largest of all Tanzania's parks. Spanning 5,700 sq. miles (14,750 sq. meters), it is roughly the size of Connecticut or Northern Ireland. The Serengeti plays host to the annual great migration, where 1.5 million wildebeests and 250,000 zebras travel through the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara on the Kenyan side. With this plentiful supply of food, carnivores such as lions, leopards and cheetahs thrive here as well.

 

The diversity and abundance of wildlife in the Serengeti makes this park a can't miss destination!

Tarangire

Home to Tanzania's largest elephant population, this lesser known park is a hidden gem in the northern circuit. Large herds of elephants roam the grounds alongside impalas, giraffes, zebras and many others. Big cats can also be found here.

Termite mounds dot the landscape, many acting as homes for mongoose. With over 500 species of birds, this is another great site for bird watchers.

This park also boasts interesting flora with many iconic types of trees. Acacia, baobab and "sausage trees" are all common in the park.

Lemosho Forest

Photo Credit: Sara Jensen Photography