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Tanzania National Parks and Game Reserves
Arusha National Park
In spite of its proximity to Arusha town, Arusha National Park, is little visited, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours. Dominating the park is the volcanic Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second highest mountain. The national park and its fringing forest reserve encloses much of the mountain, including 3.5km wide Meru Crater on the summit and the entire eastern slope.
Lake Manyara National Park
Set against the impressive 600m-high backdrop of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park, which covers the lake’s northwestern corner, is a rare flash of green in an otherwise unremittingly dry land.
Tarangire National Park
Occupying almost 4,000 square kilometers of pure Rift Valley wilderness southeast of Lake Manyara, Tarangire comprises Tarangire National Park and the adjacent Tarangire Conservation Area. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
On clear days, the magic of Ngorongoro starts while you’re still up on the rim, with chilled air and sublime views over the enormous crater. The descent takes you to a dramatic caldera wide plain cloaked in hues of blue and green and covered in an unparalleled concentration of African wildlife. If you’re lucky enough to find a quiet spot of black rhino, it’s easy to imagine primeval Africa, with an almost constant parade of animals streaming past against a quintessential East African back¬drop. African Savannah Trekkers will as early send you in the day as possible to maximize viewing time and to take advan¬tage of the morning light.
Serengeti National Park
At African Savannah Trekkers, you will enjoy the sound of pounding hooves on the Serengeti plains draws closer. Sud¬denly, thousands of animals stampede by in a cloud of dust as the great wildebeest migration – one of earth’s most spectacu¬lar natural dramas – plays out. Despite the theatrics, time seems to stand still in this superlative park. Lions sit majestically on lofty outcrops, giraffes stride gracefully into the sunset, crocodiles bask on river¬banks. Wildlife watching is outstanding year round. Just allow time to appreciate all the Serengeti has to offer.
Singita Grumeti Reserves
Singita Grumeti Reserves offers an unparalleled eco-safari teeming with magnificent wildlife encounters on the western corridor of the Serengeti. This vast private concession comprises an exclusive trio of luxury lodges positioned ideally on the epic migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest. If it is solitude you seek then Singita Grumeti Reserves is the place to be!
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Kilimanjaro National Park covers the entire mountain above the tree line, together with six forest corridors running down to around 2000m. Kilimanjaro, not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres.
Rubondo Island National Park
Tucked in to the Lake Victoria’s southwestern corner, Rubondo Island National Park is one of Tanzania’s least-visited and best-preserved wildlife areas. With nine smaller islands under its wing, Rubondo protects precious fish breeding grounds. Tilapia form the staple diet of the yellow-spotted otters that are found in the island’s rocky coves, while Nile perch, some weighing more than 100kg tempt recreational game.
Selous Game Reserve
Located in south-east Tanzania in a remote and little-visited part of the country, the Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest protected wildlife reserve and covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area. Its rivers, hills, and plains are home to roaming elephant populations, the area’s famous wild dogs, and some of the last black rhino left in the region. The Rufiji River Delta is a striking feature of the game reserve. It connects the Great.
Ruaha National Park
Straddling the Eastern Rift Valley west of Iringa, and covering over 20,000 square kilometers, Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest national park, and one of the least visited. Ruaha protects a vast tract of the rugged, semi-arid bush country that characterises central Tanzania. Its lifeblood is the Great Ruaha River, which courses along the eastern boundary in a flooded torrent during the height of the rains, but dwindling thereafter to a scattering of precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand and rock.
Gombe National Park
Just 16km north of Kigoma, Gombe Stream is the smallest but one of the most inspiring of Tanzania’s national parks. Its 52 square kilometre narrow strip is a fragile chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Its chimpanzees – habituated to human visitors – were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioural research program that now stands as the longest-running study of its kind in the world.
Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park, 35km south of Mpanda, and 143km north of Sumbawanga, covers 4471 square kilometers, making it Tanzania’s fourth-largest protected wildlife area. Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness.
Zanzibar’s Stone Town
Whether it’s your first visit or your 50th, Zanzibar’s Stone Town never loses its touch of the exotic. With African Savannah Trekkers First, you’ll see the skyline, with the spires of St Joseph’s Cathedral and the Old Fort. Then, as you wander through narrow alleyways, surprises are revealed at every turn. Linger in dusty shops scented with cloves, watch as men wearing white robe-like kanzu play a game of bao. Admire intricate henna designs on the hands of women clad in bai-bui (black cover-alls). Island rhythms take over as mainland life slips away.