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Tanzania Safari Parks

Mikumi National Park

Located 155 miles/250km from Dar Es Salaam, Mikumi is often called the ‘Little Serengeti’.  In the dry season, the Mkata floodplains and baobab scattered savannah attract large herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo pursued by hyena and lion. The rare Somali giraffe, sable and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest are frequently sighted along the park’s single road circuit. Circuit.

Size: 1,247sq miles / 3, 230km²

Notes: Good mid-price accommodation.

Kitulo National park

The Serengeti of Flowers, Kitulo National Parkhas an amazing diversity of plant species including 45 different orchids. Zebra, reedbuck and eland graze the grasslands of the plateau where you can also find Tanzania’s only population of Denham’s bustards. A new monkey species, the Kipunji, was discovered in these forests. Half-day hikes take you over the Livingstone Mountainsto Matema Beach on Lake Nyasa. 

Size: 160 sq miles/ 413k m²

Notes: No dangerous wildlife.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Tucked in Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains, Udzungwa has no road network and can only be explored on foot. Options range from short and easy walks to the Lumemo Trail, a 6-day camping trek. A popular trail goes to the 170m Sanje Waterfall, one of the biggest in Tanzania. The park is a  biodiversity hotspot; a quarter of the plants and four primates, including the Sanje mangabey, are endemic.

Size: 770 sq miles / 1, 990 km²

Notes: No dangerous wildlife. 

Burigi-Chato National Park

In 2019, three-game reserves were combined to create Burigi-Chato National Park. The main attraction here is Lake Burigi, Tanzania’s 3rd largest lake. The park’s swamps are known for the shoe-billed stork and rare sitatunga antelope. Giant Cape elands are also common here.

Size: 1,817 sq miles / 4,707km²

Saanane Islands National Park

Saanane Islands on Lake Victoria is the smallest Tanzanian national park. The islands are 2km southwest of Mwanza City and can be reached by boat. There are zebra and impala here as well as rock hyrax, vervet monkeys and clawless otters. You will also find interesting reptiles including monitor lizards,  pancake and leopard tortoises and agama lizards.

Size: 0.84 sq miles / 2.18 km²

Notes: Day visitors can picnic, walk or go fishing.

Special Area of Tanzania safari park Interest

Olkarien Gorge 

The main attraction of the Gorge is the colony of Ruppell’s Griffons vultures. Griffons are one of the most common Serengeti vultures, and their nesting sites are limited to few suitable cliffs. Hundreds of birds roost and nest at Olkarien Gorge. In the mornings they can be seen slowly circling above the gorge, waiting to catch thermal air currents that will carry them effortlessly to the great Serengeti herds. The Gorge is also used by the Maasai who drive their cattle to drink at the wells which are laboriously dug in the stream bed. It is quite remarkable to be hiking in the narrow divide during such cattle drives when the lowing of the stock mingles eerily with the whistling of the herders the cow bell ringing ngong ngong.

The Maasai around Olkarien Gorge and Angata Kiti Plains where Nasera Rock sits see very few visitors, so contact with them is completely authentic, in contrast to the typical canned tourist experience. The best time to visit this area is from December to February. When the Migration is in the area there are very good chances to see Cheetah and the endangered African Wild Dogs who live in this area, though luck must be on your side! 

Mt. Oldonyo Lengai 

Mountains of the Maasai God

Mt Oldonyo Lengai is an Extra-Ordinary Volcanic Mountain in Northern Tanzania. Producing Nitro–Carbonate lava that is very rich in Sodium and Carbonate, this is the coolest Lava at is 500* – 590* C. The Maasai worship this mountain, and sometimes offer animal sacrifice when the mountains is rumbling. It is also possible to climb this mountain, though you must be in very good condition to do so, as the hike takes about 6 hours with a guide.

Lake Natron 

The Red Lake 

The breeding ground of the Flamingos is in the harsh soda lake conditions of Lake Natron, which is encircled by the Great Rift Valley and broken by the beautiful Gorge of the Ngarasero River. At the Ngarasero River falls one can swim in the natural Jacuzzi which is surrounded by wild palm trees and is spring fed. On a day’s excursion to Pinyinyi, clients will get to see the Red salt that has been crusted on the Lake Bed. This is how the Lake gets its name as the Red Lake. One can also see Shompole Mountain from here.

Lake Eyasi 

The Home of the Hadzabee & the Datoga Tribesmen 

Small groups of Hadzabee bushmen Live around Lake Eyasi. Their language resembles the click language of the other bushmen Living south of the Kalahari . They are hunters and gatherers, depending entirely what the wilderness has to offer them. Lake Eyasi is also home to the Datoga Tribesmen. The Maasai call them Mangati (meaning Fierce Tribesmen). The Mangati were driven out of the Ngorongoro Crater some 150 years ago. They still maintain their rites and ritual site inside Ngorongoro Crater ThreeTrees (Mti Mitatu).

The Tree Where Man Was Born 

Fig Tree

I found this tree accidentally some 14 years ago after taking a short- cut from Ngorongoro Crater to Loliondo during my trucking days carrying food loads for the WFP (World Food Program). This giant tree is growing in the middle of nowhere, with no other trees or bushes growing for miles around. The best time to visit this tree is when one is camping near Nasera Rock. The best months are from December to February when the migration passes this area. It is believed that this Fig Tree is to be over 1000 years old. Some call this tree the One Tree, for One World.