Northern Circuit Parks and Conservation Area
Serengeti National park
The vast plains of the Serengeti National Park host the infamous annual wildlife migration. a world heritage site, Most Tanzania safari booking destinations combine other parks with Serengeti national park. Serengeti National Park is also considered as one of the natural wonders of the world, being the site of the annual wildebeest migration.
When some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest's trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is at the foot hills of Kilimanjaro Mountain which is a free standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, rising 4877m above surrounding plains to 5895m at its peak. With its snow-capped peak, the Kilimanjaro is a superlative natural phenomenon, standing in isolation above the surrounding plains overlooking the savannah.
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.
And their memories.
But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic.
Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated foot slopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.
Lake Manyara, located approximately four hours drive away from Moshi, is a 50km stretch of land and water along the base of the famous Rift Valley Escarpment. The shallow waters of the lake cover about 70% of the park, providing a home for thousands of flamingoes. The amount and level of water fluctuates with the wet/rainy and dry season. The rest of the park is compromised of open grasslands, woodlands and the escarpment wall. Activities available at this park include game drives, night drives, canoeing when the water level is high and walks on the escarpment outside the park. Visitors to the park should make sure to look closely at the acacia trees as tree-climbing lions often can be seen resting on the branches of the trees. The dry season (July-October) is the best time to visit the park if you want to see the larger mammals. If clients are more interested in seeing some of the 400 plus species of birds inhabiting the park, it is best to go in the wet season (November-June). Other animals found in this park include elephants, zebra, blue monkeys, dik-dik, impala and giraffes.
Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consist of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site.
Made famous for its spices and the slave trade of the 19th century, Zanzibar Island is much more than a stopping point on an itinerary, and can be seen as a destination in itself. Also can be combined with safari and Kilimanjaro mountain climbing, what the island offers is a unique combination of outstanding beaches, along its eastern edge, interesting activities, such as visiting a working spice farm, and the cultural delights of Stone Town, with Arabian fortresses and minarets.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Crater
Initially part of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is now recognized on its own as not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a Biosphere Reserve where animals and humans, the semi-nomadic Maasai, coexist in harmony. The Conservation Area, located about 5 hours west of Moshi, encompasses three different volcanic craters with the most well known being the Ngorongoro Crater.
The Ngorongoro Crater, formed when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself, is the world’s largest unbroken crater and is also unflooded. There are look out points on the rim of crater, providing spectacular views of the crater interior. Safari vehicles descend 610m down the crater wall where leopards can be found lurking in the rainforests. On the floor of the crater lies the world’s largest population of black rhinoceros, numbering only 26 (at last count). It is also home to the densest population of lions. Other animals that can be found in the crater are zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, warthog, hippos and many different species of birds. It is a great place to spot the Big 5!
The other two craters are the Olmoti Crater, famous for its beautiful waterfalls and Empakai Crater, known for its deep lake and green walls. Visitors can enjoy hiking around these craters.
The Olduvai Gorge, famous worldwide, is also located in the NCA. Often referred to as the cradle of mankind, the remains of many of our early ancestors have been found here.
selous game reserve
Selous game reserve is located in the southern part of Tanzania is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The property harbours one of the most significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other species. The reserve also has an exceptionally high variety of habitats including Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps, making it a valuable laboratory for on-going ecological and biological processes.
One of the main attractions of the Selous is the variety of game viewing activities available here. They all offer trips through the reserve by boat, vehicle and on foot. Boat safaris allow you to drift on the lakes and channels, approaching birds and animals closely, including crocodile and hippo. All of the lodges also offer guided game walks for those aged 12 and over (16 at Lake Manze and Impala), which come with a real likelihood of encountering big game such as; elephant, buffalo and even lion on foot. Game drives are reliably rewarding, especially towards the end of the dry season, when large mammals concentrate around the five lakes. Better still are the overnight fly-camping excursions offered by some of the camps, which entail sleeping out beneath a glorified mosquito net in the middle of the bush.
The Bird Watchers’ Paradise”
On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic and game drives.
Maasai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration. The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. Most Kenya safari booking destinations combine other parks with Maasai Mara. Maasai Mara is , being the site of the annual wildebeest migration. Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya. Masai Mara Game Reserves covers an area..