The National Parks of Tanzania, Protected areas and other interesting places

The Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is known as one of the best wildlife sanctuary in the world, especially renown for the migration of animals. Every year more than a million wildebeest and zebras travel through the park. A Serengeti Safari is a must for visitors of Tanzania

Lake Manyara National Park

Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. Wildlife at Lake Manyara is not restricted to birdlife only. You can see many game animals such as Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, hippo

Tarangire National Park

It is the vast number of baobabs that first capture the eye as you enter Tarangire National Park. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them

Arusha National Park

The Park on the foot of Mount Meru contains a diverse resident population of herbivores, primates and predators. It is not too spectacular, but It is just nearby Arusha, so you can visit the park on a day trip

Kilimanjaro National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro is the crown of Tanzania. With an altitude of 5895m (19 340ft), it is the highest peak in Africa, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and one of the largest volcanoes.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha is visually a treat, with wild landscapes of miombo forest and rolling woodlands, hills, rivers and plains. Due to its accessibility it is hardly visited. The center of the reserve is the Great Ruaha River, with its deep pools and gorges, swirling rapids and excellent fishing

Mikumi National Park

This relatively small (3230 sq km) National Park lies 300 km west of Dar-es-Salaam and is the closest park to the capital. Although less spectacular regarding Flora and Fauna, the Mikumi national park obtains a good impression of the African animal world and is suitable for a short visit

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Tanzanias last established park contains the greatest altitudinal range of forests in East Africa - unbroken forest cover from lowland forest communities at below 250m above sea level to mountain communities at over 2,800m. Udzungwa National Park has one of the highest numbers of species endemism worldwide.

Rubondo Island National Park

Tanzanias 10th park major animal attraction is the abundance of sitatunga, an aquatic antelope that cannot be found in any other Park in Tanzania. Rubondo Island was declared Tanzania's 10th National Park in 1977. A protector to introduced mammal species, rare orchids and fish breeding grounds Rubondo is also more than just a watery wonderland. Deserted sandy beaches nestle against a cloak of virgin forest which is host to a rich abundance of mammals, reptiles, plant life and birds.

Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park was only gazetted in 2003 and is the only park in Tanzania with ocean frontage. The park itself is unique to the rest of east Africa combining a variety of ecosystems including bush, beach and river.Some of the animals do come down to the beach and you can occasionally see some in the surf.

Katavi National Park

Remote and rarely visited, the Katavi national park is a pearl among the national parks in Tanzania. Tanzania third biggest national park lies in the remote southwest of the country, and it has a higher density of mammals than any other Tanzanian National Park. Rivers groan with hippopotamus and crocodiles, and schattered over the plains are great herds of buffaloes, with up to 1000 animals in one group.

Protected Areas of Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater National Park

Also called the eights wonder of the world, this heritage center shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven on earth. Ngorongoro has over 20,000 large animals including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino, protected within its rim.

Selous National Park

The Selous is the most remote and unexplored game protected area in Africa with 54,600 square km. There are only few tourists..... the Selous is not yet discovered by the mainstream of visitors to Tanzania, also because he is difficult to access.

Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve

Gombe Stream is Tanzanias smallest park (52 sq km) and is home of the world famous chimp reserve. It is located 16 km north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.