National parks of Tanzania: Tarangire
Tarangire National Park is known for its large population of elephants and baobab trees. But many other animals are also native there. The park´s landscape is mainly savannah.
Zebras, wildebeest, giraffes and antelopes in large herds are usually found near the river or at the water holes.
For us a dream came true, because right at the beginning of our safari in Tanzania, we were able to spot our first cheetahs.
National parks of Tanzania: Lake Manyara
The park is known for its tree-climbing lions and is therefore one of a kind of the national parks of Tanzania. It offers an interesting variety of different habitats like forests, savannah as well as rivers and lakes.
Lake Manyara is located on the Great African Rift Valley. The park was really nice, but by wildlife we preferred the other national parks of Tanzania.
National parks of Tanzania: Serengeti
The famous Serengeti is divided into four areas:
♦ Southern Serengeti,
♦ Central Serengeti,
♦ Western Serengeti and
♦ North Serengeti.
The Serengeti main gate is located in the southern part. After a few hours of driving, you enter the Central Serengeti and that's where the adventure really begins. In the middle of the savannah there are large rocks in the grass, which seem like islands. These rocks have proven again and again to be a hotspot for wildlife. We spotted many different lion families, cheetahs and even a leopard on these huge rocks.
The great migration of the animals starts in January in the south of the Serengeti and ends in November in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. As a result, many zebra herds have been in Central Serengeti during our visit (October).
Our camp for the night was in the middle of the savannah, without fences. Don’t leave your tent alone in the dark, just call an employee to accompany you. We heard lions, hyenas and other sounds at night. Very adventurous.
Serengeti was definitely the highlight of the national parks of Tanzania by its wildlife density.
National parks of Tanzania: Ngorongoro Crater
The Ngorongoro Crater used to be an active volcano 2.5 million years ago, which is said to have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro.
Already when the Jeep gasps the 2,300 m high crater rim and you take the first glimpse from the observation deck into the crater, you can guess what to expect: Lush green areas, lakes and forests. The landscape in and around the crater is simply enormous and beautiful.
The different altitudes cause strong temperature differences. Especially at night it gets really cold. We had a wood oven in our lodge, which was already heated by the lodge staff before we went to bed.
In this crater, countless different animal species live in very little space (the crater has a diameter of about 17 to 21 km). Huge wildebeest and zebra herds, countless hyenas, elephants, lions and all other animals of the national parks of Tanzania can be found here.
Our summary of the national parks of Tanzania
Our favorite spots during the safari in Tanzania were the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. If we would visit the national parks of Tanzania again, we would like to explore the area around the two highlights more intensively.