Tanzania National Parks and Birding Destinations
The following are our popular safari destinations for Tanzania.
1. ARUSHA PARK:
WHAT TO SEE: Ngurodoto Crater- a miniature crater about 2 kilometres wide and a few feet deep with forested walls,
2. NGORONGORO CRATER:
We must be in the Garden of Eden.” A safari member said in amusement. Come and see for your self the only Natural house in Africa where wildlife concentration lives permanently.
3. LAKE MANYARA PARK
This is where Florists and Botanists, as well as Birders, meet their world. A variety of vegetation species occur, ranging from monotone forest vegetation to plain savannah grassland.
4. TARANGIRE PARK
It Neighbours with lake Manyara Park, ecosystem almost similar. Covers an area of 2600sqKm.With large herds of Elephants, Thomson and Grant’s Gazelles, Gerenuk and Oryx may be spotted.
5. SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
The wildebeest migration from Serengeti to Maasai Mara in Kenya and Vice versa. All the big cats and, the Big five except the Rhino may be spotted on a two to three days game drive depending on luck in the wilderness.
6. MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK:
This small Wildlife Jewel is dominated by Hills and Plains as well as part of the famous Miombo Woodlands, this varied habitat is an excellent spot of several special and rare Wildlife not seen anywhere in Tanzania.
7. UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS PARK:
NOTE: It is possible to base from Mikumi to access the Southern Highlands such as the UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS National Park for the Southern Tanzania Endemic species as well as access the Ifakara area and the Kilombero Flood plains with her specialities and rarities.
8. USAMBARA MOUNTAINS AND AMANI NATURE RESERVE.
This little-known mountain range is one of the gems of Tanzania. Lying north coast, the Usambara’s are a relict patch of the great tropical forests that once spanned Africa from the Atlantic to the Indian Oceans.
9. PEMBA ISLAND:
Often forgotten on many birding or beach holidays is Pemba Island, Pemba is a sister island to the famous Zanzibar. Pemba is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs of every form and description, beautiful smaller islands.
10. LAKE VICTORIA:
Shared between the three of the East African Countries – ( Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda ), Lake Victoria is the Largest Freshwater Lake in Africa commonly regarded as Africa`s Inland sea.
11. KILOMBERO FLOOD PLAINS AND WETLAND:
We do include the Kilombero Flood plains and wetland on many of our Southern Tanzania bird tours. This is where the new undescribed species occur. The Kilombero Weaver and Kilombero Cisticolas and several other specialities are found here. A visit to the Udzungwa Mountains or Mikumi National Parks can be combined with an excursion to the Flood Plains a little further South.
12. RUAHA NATIONAL PARK:
Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s least accessible parks and poorly visited and as result, it is totally untouched and remains one of the most exciting game reserves (almost as large as the Serengeti) in Tanzania. We do include Ruaha National park on many of our off-track safaris.
13. SAADANI NATIONAL PARK – “where the beach meets the bush”
This is East Africa’s only National Park by the beach. At Saadani National Park, Palm trees sway in a cooling oceanic breeze. White sand and blue water sparkle alluringly beneath the tropical sun.
14. KITULO PLATEAU NATIONAL PARK “the Garden of God
Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu – The Garden of God – while botanists have dubbed it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to “one of the great floral spectacles of the world”.