SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK:
Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200 000 zebra and 300 000 Thompson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: Great herds of elephant and giraffe and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongani, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plains’ grazers. Solitary leopards haunt fever trees and a high density of cheetah prowl the open plains. Jackal, Hyena, Aardwolf and Serval, the Serengeti has it all.
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK:
The word Manyara is derived from the Masai word, ‘Emanyara’, meaning ‘kraal’. An appropriate description for this unique park, situated between Lake Manyara and the Eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley, which stretches from Mozambique all the way to Turkey. Lake Manyara National Park stretches for 50 Km’s along the base of the rusty-gold 600m high Rift Valley escarpment, the game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK:
A comfortable distance from both Arusha and the Ngorongoro Crater, covering 2600 sq km’s of grassland, floodplains and woodlands, Tarangire National Park provides the only permanent water source during the dry winter months. During these months huge concentrations of migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland congregate around the shrinking pools of water. Huge herds of elephant frequent the park during all seasons and an abundance of rare bird life makes this park and essential all year round destination.
Often called the 8’th Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact caldera, with sides of up to 600m tall and a bowl of 265 sq km’s. The Crater is home to some 20 000 to 30 000 wild animals at any one time, including the endangered Black Rhino. Grasslands, swamps, forests and the magnificent Lake Makat are all located on the Crater floor and provide various habitats for wildlife to wallow, graze, hide or climb all year round.