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TOP 10 BEST TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS
Tanzania has the second largest economy in the East African Community and the twelfth largest in Africa. The landscapes of Tanzania’s landscape is shaped by extremes where lakes, grasslands, rainforests and mountains common to view around the same area. Tanzania is matchless for its natural beauty, unique wildlife viewing, as well as rich culture. Top 10 National Parks in Tanzania include; Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Mahale National Park, Tarangire National Park, Mikumi National Park, Arusha National Park, Kitula National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and others.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park presents all kinds of ecosystems which enables it to host a variety of flora and fauna. We do encourage the tourists visiting Serengeti National Park to look beyond the( Big Five ) only Serengeti national Park is well known for its vast herds of plains animals mostly gazelles and zebras, and it is the only place in Africa where vast land animals migrations still in existence.
Animals in Serengeti National Park
The common animals in the park are the long-neck giraffes, many other hooved animals such as eland, zebras, topi, kongoni, impala as well as Grant’s gazelle.
Best time to visit Serengeti National Park
Basically, dry season which takes place from late June to October is more favorable for the travelers to engage in Safari in the Serengeti National Park. Most of the lodges will remain open during the wet season when the rains turn the dry landscape into green oasis.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is known for having amazing views of the rift valley escarpment which can be seen during the different activities that travelers engage in as they explore the park. It is well known for its huge number of baboons and its colorful landscape supports an amazing range of other game including hippo, buffaloes, wildebeest, zebra, flamingo giraffe, waterbuck, warthog, impala as well as dik-dik.
Best time to visit Lake Manyara
The best and favorable time for animal watching is from June to October during the dry season. But and therefore, this scenic park is at its most beautiful in the wet season, that is to say from November to May.
Activities in Lake Manyara National Park
The park comprises of the magnificent lake Manyara where boat rides and canoeing take place, Lake Manyara provides you with an experience of the park accompanied with beautiful scenic sights of the park with its animals such as pink colored flamingos and giraffes mob the shores of the lake.
Lake Manyara National Park is much known as a great home for a huge number of animals which shine in the Savannah regions of the park due to the very huge number of animals in the park.
Did you know that there are over 400 birds in Lake Manyara National Park, including the resident birds and migratory birds? And some of the birds in the park that the travelers can watch include migrant birds, raptors and acacia birds and many others.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is proudly known as an amazing bird destination and also has large numbers of game, mostly in the dry season, when the Tarangire River is the only source of water around the area.
Best time to visit Lake Tarangire National Park
The best time for wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park is from late June to October. Some of the animals move out of the park during the wet season.
NB; In Lake Manyara National Park wildlife viewing is remarkably less productive
Activities in Tarangire National Park
Birding. Over 550 bird species are sheltered around the swamps that are spread all over the park. The travelers who find themselves taken up for a long period of time, this makes Tarangire a famous safari destination for you.
Elephant Population. During the months of June to October brings about huge gathering of elephants. After the Maasai Mara migration, it gathers alongside the river.
Walking safari. In Tarangire National Park, the dry season offers you the favorable time to view lots of wildlife which comes between June and September hence the best time to go on a safari.
Mahale National Park
The Mahale National Park is famously known for its chimpanzees which is about to close to a thousand. It is specifically located on the Eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika in remote Western Tanzania.
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park makes a perfect safari goal for those who are busy and have less time to travel, two days or more can get you a chance to explore the splendor of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is well known as a fourth biggest national park in Tanzania.
Best time to visit Mikumi National Park
Usually the months of June and October are the best and favorable season that is to say in the dry season and the travelers will view wildlife along the waterhole and rivers.
Animals in Mikumu National Park
The most acknowledged animals in Mikumi National Park include; Jackson’s Hartebeest, jackal, eland, sable, zebras, buffalos, elephants and much more.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is the only a beautiful park in Tanzania with a wide diversity of wildlife and landscapes. It is the park where the white and black colobus monkeys found and gather and it is a habitat to the world’s largest population of giraffe in Tanzania.
Best time to visit Arusha National Park
The outstanding time to visit Arusha National is from June to September and also December to March during the dry season.
Animals in Arusha National Park
The common and known animals in Arusha National Park include; the blue monkeys, elephants, flamingo, bushbuck, black and white colobus monkeys, cape buffalo, zebra, warthog and many more.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro is noted for being the largest inactive and intact volcano caldera all over the world. This area is specifically known to be the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest specimen of the hominidae like Paranthropus.
Best time to visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The most considered time to visit Norongoro is from April to May which is known to be the rainy season as there are fewer tourists and the crater is lush and green unlike the dusty dry season.
Animals in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area dwells in both small and large number of animals plus the ( Big Five) of Africa and these include; Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Rhinos as well as Elephants.
Mountain Kilimanjaro is famously known as the highest mountain in Africa with the height of 19341 feet above sea level. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Kibo and Mawenzi. Mawenzi and Shira are abolished but Kibo, the highest peak is dormant and could erupt again.
Best time to visit Mount Kilimanjaro
January and February are the warmest months, so the traveler can expect clear, sunny skies in the mornings and evenings but therefore clouds may appear in the afternoons.
Animals in Mount Kilimanjaro
The (Big Five) animals in Kilimanjaro are rarely seen in Mount Kilimanjaro and it’s because they live in the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro and these include Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and leopards. And here are six of the lesser known animals that the tourist might spy on the journey to the top of the African continent. Civet, crested porcupine, serval, Abbott’s Duiker, Genet, Tree hyrax and many more.
Kitulo National Park
Kitulo National Park is mostly known for the number of flower species that bloom along the plateau. The Park is the one of the greatest flora sight of the world with 350 species of vascular Plants. Kitulo do support the largest and most important montane grassland community in Tanzania.
Best time to visit Kitulo National Park
Roads within the park are always flooded in the course of rainy season and the best time to visit the park is from May to October during the dry season.
Animals in Kitulo National Park
The native animals and insects in Kitulo National Park include; Kipunji monkey, steppe harrier, Kipengere seed eater, chimpanzee, red chalk hawk, blue swallow njembe stalk singer, frogs, lizards, spiders and many more.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is famously known for its fascinating beauty, dramatic scenes, ancient baobab trees and as well it provides incredibly exciting game viewing experiences to the travelers.
Best time to visit Ruaha National Park
The best and favorable time to view wildlife in Ruaha National Park is during the middle end of the dry season that is to say June to October. And this is because the animals are easily spotted around the water sources.
Animals in Ruaha National Park
Some of the animals the tourist will be watching while on the safari include; the lesser kudu, gazelles, antelopes, crocodiles, hippo, striped hyena, hunting dogs, elephant and as well it has more than 540 species of birds.
Tanzania’s national park boasts one of the world’s highest concentrations of large mammals. The tourist will spot a huge number of tree climbing lions, elephants, great population of wildebeest, buffalo, warthog, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck as well as impala.