Monday, 26 January 2015

Tanzania National Parks and Game Reserves

Tanzania proudly boasts of 16 National parks that have vast potential as tourism destinations. While visiting the parks, visitors are privileged to enjoy exceptional wildlife via incomparable and unique game viewing, bush lunch and dinner, picnicing, walking safaris tanzania, bird watching, sports fishing, mountain hiking and climbing, chimpanzee trekking, canoeing, balloon safaris and night game drives.
Interestingly, each park is unique from the other. Arrays of spectacular biodiversity and sceneary views of each park, make a visitor forget the rest and decide for a longer stay or plan to visit again.
Tanzania safaris and tours are categorised according to zones/ circuits: the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western and Historical sites.

Southern Circuit
Comprises of unexplored wilderness where walking safaris tanzania, hiking and boat excursions are combined with game drives. The travel times between parks in the south are long as the parks are far apart. The parks of the South can be visited independently, or as a Circuit combining various parks into one package. The Famous Southern Tanzania Safaris are conducted in Safari to Selous Game Reserve along the mighty Rufiji river, Mikumi National Park (Dar es salaam city's closest), Ruaha National Park, Kitulo National Park and Udzungwa Mountain National Park. Udzungwa Mountain is ideal for adventure hiking and tropical forest birding.

Northern Circuit
It is one of the most popular destinations for adventure safaris in Tanzania and most of the destinations are fairly close to each other. One can tour this entire circuit by a vehicle with only a couple of hours in between destinations. The area covers the plains of Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Wildlife Safaris (Ngorongoro Crater), Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park and Mkomazi National Park.

Coastal Circuit and the off-shore Islands
It includes the islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba, which offer the ultimate beach holidays and resorts experience. These Islands offer excellent snorkeling, scuba diving, big game fishing and deep sea fishing vacations.
Saadani National Park is one of the smaller newer but fasinating park where the bush meets the beach.

Pristine Pangani lies at the mouth of Pangani river and a magnificiant beach stretches North of the estuary. The World Heritage sites like the Beautiful Bagamoyo, Cultured Kilwa are rich in coastal culture, history, and beautiful beaches.

Western Circuit
It includes Katavi National Park, Gombe Stream National Park , Rubondo National Park, Mahale Mountains famous for chimpanzee tracking safaris.