Serengeti National Park – Meaning ‘endless plains’ in the Masai language, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest park and one of the world’s best wildlife refuges, continuous with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve to the north. The open plains are home to an estimated three million large mammals involved in seasonal migration, and together with the birds and smaller animals it has the largest concentration of wildlife in the world. The Serengeti is famous for the Great Migration, the most astounding occurrence in the animal kingdom that is known to humankind.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Rising above the plains of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a vast protected area that includes the important archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, and its main attraction Ngorongoro Crater. Once the site of an active volcano, the crater was formed about two million years ago when its cone collapsed on itself and today the crater floor, supplied with permanent water and grazing and ringed with towering forested sides, serves as a natural cradle for an astounding abundance of wildlife.
Olduvai Gorge – Olduvai, more accurately called Oldupai after the wild sisal in the area, is the site of some of the most important finds of early hominid fossils of all time (made famous by the work of the Leakey family) – The “Nutcracker Man” or Australophithecus boisei who lived 1.8 million years ago. There is a small informative museum located at the visitor centre. The gorge is a treasure trove of archeological sites filled with fossils, settlement remains and stone artefacts. Lecture tours are offered.
Tarangire National Park -Tarangire National Park has an area of 2,600 sq km and is named after the Tarangire River that flows through the park throughout the year. A visit to Tarangire National Park is awe-inspiring, especially during the dry season when large herds of migratory game are attracted to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Part of a larger ecosystem, Tarangire supports similar game to the Serengeti but is far less visited, making it a unique and special Tanzania safari experience.
Mt Kilimanjaro National Park - Rising 19,341ft (5,895m) above the African plains, the magnificent solitary peak of Mt Kilimanjaro is the dominant feature of this national park, surrounded by a vast protected area. The lush rainforest on its lower slopes is home to a number of animals including elephant, buffalo, rhino, monkey and leopard. The dormant volcano is remarkable in many ways, not only for its snow-covered peaks and glaciers rising out of a humid equatorial jungle, but it is the highest freestanding mountain in the world, a huge cone unattached to a mountain range, and Africa’s highest peak.
Arusha National Park – Arusha national park is lying between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru, Arusha National Park is an outstandingly beautiful area. The Park has a wide range of habitats, from the string of crater lakes where many water birds can be watched, through the highland montane forest and on up to the imposing summit of Mt. Meru.The forests contain a wealth of birds and other animals, like the beautiful bushbuck easily glimpsed in the grades between the ancient cedar trees, or the black and white colobus monkeys climbing along their branches.
Lake Manyara national Park – Lake Manyala Nationa Park is heltering under the massive escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, and covering an area of 325 sq. km, this park is a flash of green amid an otherwise parched landscape. A line of springs support the lush vegetation of a groundwater forest, where blue monkeys, baboons and the curious-looking silvery-cheeked hornbill live, among the more than 350 bird species, the most profuse being the flamingo. It is also home to large herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, leopard, civet, black rhino, hippo, zebra, impala, antelope, aardvark, the shy pangolin, bushbuck, waterbuck, and many others. It is also known for its hot springs and the famous tree-climbing lions that laze in the branches of the acacia trees.
Rubondo National park – Rubondo National Park is the Tanzania’s tenth National Park and the only one in Lake Victoria Rubondo Island is located in the southwest of Lake Victoria on a 240 square km island. It provides an unforgettable experience for visitors, including the main island and 11 smaller islets, combining the breathtaking panorama of a forest refuge with the relaxing sereneness of sandylake-shore beaches. Visit the Rubondo Island National Park for nature walking, Relaxing, Fishing, Boat Excursions, Bird Watching.
Mahale Mountains National Park - The Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful parks anywhere in Africa. This part of Lake Taganyika is characterized by deserted sandy beaches, crystal clear water and an incredible backdrop of towering forested mountains. The forests are home to one of the highest number of primate species of any park in Tanzania (beaten only by the Udzungwa Mountains), including nearly 1,000 chimpanzees. The main attraction in Mahale is the opportunity to track a wild chimpanzee community, which along with their counterparts in Gombe, have been habituated to humans. In 1965 a permanent research camp was set up by a team of Japanese primatologists, continuing to this day.
Katavi National Park – Katavi National Park is the Tanzania’s third largest national park (4471 km²), is the heart of one of the biggest and richest wildlife areas in Tanzania. Located along the rift escarpment in western Tanzania, it offers incredible scenery including immense wetlands, roaring waterfalls and original miombo woodlands, where the Sable antelopes often hide. It has a wide variety of wildlife (crocodile, hippo, leopard, lion, roan and sable antelopes, southern reedbuck, topi, eland, elephant, and one of the largest herds of buffalo, with as many as 1,600 animals) and offers excellent game viewing with a real wilderness atmosphere.
Ugalla Complex - This includes Ugalla and Uwanda reserves, and Mlele, Msima Inyunga, Ugunda and Rungwa River game controlled area complex. The area is rarely visited by ornithologists. Marupambala, on the north bank of the Msina river at Gombe, Ugalla, is the type-locality of Sarothrura lugens. This is still the only East African record for this Afrotropical migrant.
Mikumi National Park – Mikumi Nationa Park is located astride the main Dar to Mbeya highway, to the north of Selous Game Reserve and only 283 km from Dar-es-Salaam, The main feature in the park is Mkata River Flood Plain and The park is well-known for its population of elephants, giraffes buffaloes, zebras, elands, greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope. Predators include tree-climbing lions (which are in large number), leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal.More than 400 species of birds have been recorded.
Ruaha National Park - Ruaha National Park is the second largest in Tanzania, it is one of the most remote, uncrowded parks in East Africa. It literally teams with wildlife including excessive numbers of giraffe. Zebra, impala, dik-dik, elephant, water-buck, buffalo and warthog are seen on almost every game drive, whilst sightings of predators such as lions and jackals are also common. Other interesting species include the majestic greater Kudu, the illusive roan and sable antelope and maybe ostrich.
The Selous Game Reserve – The Selous Game Reserve has an area of more than 50,000 sq km making it the world’s largest conserved area excluding polar regions. The Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a gamedrive in that area.The Selous Game Reserve is home to a high diversity of both large mammal and bird species. The Reserve has over 60,000 elephants and 40,000 hippos. The world’s largest population of African Hunting Dogs exists in the reserve. Of Tanzania’s 1,113 different species of bird, 430 have been positively identified within the Selous Game Reserve.
Coastline/Beaches – Tanzania has an 804-kilometre long coastline boasting of the finest unpolluted beaches in Africa. The entire coastline is covered by coconut palms, offering a serene atmosphere for repose. The coastline offers unlimited opportunities for bathing and water sports.
Dar es Salaam – Dar Es Salaam is Tanzania’s most important city, largest metropolis, only port and de facto capital. The city has grown to nearly 8 million in the last decade and congestion on the city streets and shopping areas occurs nearly round-the-clock. There is no easy-access beach associated with this port city, as the coast is rocky and defined by steep cliffs. The city is striving to become tourist friendly, and the relatively small “Slipway” shopping and restaurant area in the center of the metropolis is turning into something close to fashionable and absolutely worth a visit for anyone with time, here.
Zanzibar - Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean experience, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches. These are two main islands of Unguja and Pemba. Over centuries different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to become what it is today. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phonecians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguse, Omani Arabs, Dutch and British have settled here at one time or another and influenced the local culture into the present fusion.
Zanzibar Main Attractions:
Chumbe Island Marine Reserve – This is the only marine reserve near Zanzibar. The island has accommodation for guests and provides an romantic getaway place for couples. Guests are not allowed to dive here, but the snorkeling is just as good. See our accommodation guide for more details on Chumbe Island.
Jozani Forest - Jozani forest is a protected forest and is home to some of our primate cousins. The Red Colobus monkey are indigenous only to Zanzibar and there are about 2300 in and around the forest. Nature walks are available and it is suggested that you cover yourself properly if undertaking a hike, as there is very little shade.
Spice Tours – Zanzibar is known as the spice island, and the tour shows visitors the various spices are grown and harvested. Visitors will have the pleasure of seeing cinnamon trees, nutmeg trees, vanilla trees (believe it or not) and the likes. You will be asked to smell and taste various spices and guess what they are, as well as witness harvesters climbing huge trees with no harnesses or protection, to bring down coconuts for your delight.
Historical Monuments in Zanzibar - There are a multitude of historical buildings in Stone Town, and most of these are within walking distance of each other. Building to see include: Forodhani Gardens, The Palace Museum, St Joseph’s Cathedral, Arab Fort, House of Wonders, Durajani Bazaar and many more. We can provide a list of what to see, or if you prefer you can walk around Stone Town and discover things for yourself.