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Tanzania

Northern Zone ( Home of the Big five)

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park has incredible volcanic scenery, wonderful views of Mt Kilimanjaro (on clear days), a beautiful rainforest and plenty of wildlife. The main features are Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella Lakes. The Momella Lakes attract a wide variety of birds, particularly flamingos. Guests sometimes enjoy this park just as much as the Serengeti. Its close proximity to Arusha usually means that it gets put first on a Northern Parks itinerary.

Location: 45 minutes driving from Arusha town
Activities: Game Drives, Canoeing, Forest walk, Mt. Meru Climb.


Lake Manyara National park

Lake Manyara has a considerably different landscape from any of the other parks. Picture lush woodlands and the beaches of this Rift Valley soda lake, where giraffe, elephants and wildebeest enjoy an endless supply of water. You will often see these enormous animals in the water, sitting, sipping or just cooling off. Due to this unique habitat, there are hundreds of bird species able to live in the forests and the ultimate site-seeing prize of this area is the tree-climbing lion. Is the only place you can practice night game driving within the park boundaries.

Location:  2.5 hours form Arusha on the road to Ngorongoro or 45 minutes from Tarangire National Park
Activities:  Game drive, Mountain biking, Forest hiking, Night Game drive


Ngorongoro Crater

The Conservation area is a fine blend of landscapes, people, wildlife and Africa main archaeological site. The Ngorongoro Crater is regarded as a natural wonder of the world (the 8th) and has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is the largest intact crater in the world and is teaming with wildlife, with virtually all the big game species found here, including, zebra, wildebeest, black rhino, antelope, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard. The area is also an ornithologists’ paradise, with the thousands of flamingos wading in the shallows of Lake Magadi and hundreds of other species of birdlife.

Location: Northern Circuit, 4 hours from Arusha town on the way to Serengeti national park
Activities:  Game drive, Nature Walk, Hiking, Visit a Maasai Boma, Visit Olduvai Gorge


Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s oldest park, theSerengeti is the country’s most popular and famous park. “Serengeti” is a Maasai word meaning “endless plain”, very apt, as the park consists of flat, treeless plains stretching as far as the eye can see, one of the highest concentration game sites in Africa.

The annual wildebeest migration is one of the most spectacular and breath-taking events in the world.  From the Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.  This mass of moving animals is so large that even when it is in Kenya’s Masai Mara, parts of it are still in the Serengeti.

Note that even the time when most of the wildebeest are expected to be in the Masai Mara, the wildlife is still plentiful in the Serengeti, as the ‘resident’ animals opt to stay where they are instead of follow the migration.

Location: Northern Circuit, 7 hours from Arusha, 2.5 from the Ngorongoro Crater
Activities: Game drive, Hot Air Ballon, Bush Walk.


Tarangire National Park

This park is known for its elephants.  You will see these enormous creatures travel in families and you surely will not miss the extraordinary care they take of their young.  The elephants tend to travel in packs and in the same paths as they have taken year after year.  When they see your vehicle coming closer they will gather around their young to protect them and lead them on their way.

Tarangire River winds through the middle of the park providing nourishment for the animals and great viewing for visitors.  Daily large herds of animals and birds gather around this river so you will be sure not to miss anything.

It also boasts many Baobab trees, impressive trees that can live for thousands of years.  Animals can be found in the rainy seasons, but the concentration of wildlife tends to be better during the dry seasons.

Location: Almost 1.30 hours from Arusha on the way to Ngorongoro and/or Serengeti National Park

Activities: Game drive

Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar, situated 35km of the mainland, form party of the Tanzania and consist of two main Islands, Unguja, also called Zanzibar and Pemba. The two Islands have total population of about, 981 754 with an area of 2,332 km² (Unguja 1660 km² and Pemba 868 km²).

Zanzibar Town, which located in the western of the Island of Unguja, is a capital of the Zanzibar. Its cover total are 16km² (from official data of 1982 Master plan) with total population of 205 870 inhabitant. The Town composed of two areas Stone Town, the old part, and Ng’ambo, the large and expanding part of the Zanzibar Town.

Stone Town occupies the most western edge of the Town of Zanzibar. It covers total area of 96 hectors and buffer zone area of 84.79 hectors which make about 5.4 % of the total area of Zanzibar Town (according to 1982 boundary). With around 18 000 inhabitants Stone Town make about 5 % of the population of Zanzibar Town.

A part from agricultural and small industry, Stone Town is the place and centre of all other activities: commercial, administration, social and cultural. Since the liberation of Zanzibar economy, the old town has been also the centre of tourism economy.Among 96 hotels in Zanzibar Town (236 hotels in Zanzibar) Stone Town has 56 hotels with a total number of 890 rooms and 1653 beds (4596 rooms and 9285 beds for Zanzibar). This figure is important when one thing that at least 95% of average of 90 000 tourists who have been visiting Zanzibar every year since 1997 have passed in Stone Town. Here lies the source of dynamism and the pressure of development activities of Stone town.