Game drive

A game reserve (also known as a wildlife preserve ) is a large area of land where wild animals live safelyor are hunted in a controlled way for sport. If hunting is prohibited, a game reserve may be considered a nature reserve; however, because the focus of a game reserve is specifically the animals (fauna), whereas a nature reserve also if not equally is concerned with all aspects of naturally-occurring life in the area (plants, animals, insects, etc.).

Many game reserves are located in Africa. Most are open to the public, and tourists commonly take sightseeing safaris. Historically, among the most well-known hunting targets were the so-called Big Five game in Africa: rhinoceros, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion, named so because of the difficulty and danger in hunting them.
In a game reserve, ecosystems are protected and conservation is usually key. Indigenous wildlife in its natural habitat help in providing an environment where growth in numbers at a natural rate can occur.
Some game reserves contain more than one ecosystem, sometimes even five, ranging from valley bushveld, savannah grassland and fynbos to riverine forrest and acacia woodland; this provides a dramatic improvement on the types of wildlife that are present and the numerous species of birds that thrive on in these environments.

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Arusha National Park

2 MonkeysArusha national park is often off of many tourist because the park is amazing of its diversity of habitats you will find swamps, open plains, mountain forest and volcanoes all compressed within a distance of 35 km from Arusha city. Arusha national park is the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.

Only 45 minutes from central Arusha, this is the most accessible of Tanzania’s Northern circuit parks, often overlooked by tour operators and visitors. At just over 212 square miles (542 sq. km), it s located between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru mountain.

Within the park there are three broad areas to be found: Ngurdoto Crater (surrounded by forest), the Momela Lakes (alkaline) and Mount Meru (lush forest and bare rock). These are all at varying altitudes and as a result have very different vegetation – it is all this that helps to make this such a diverse park to visit.

Despite its small size, Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife. Within the park’s three vegetation zones, many different kinds of animals can be found. Near water, reedbuck and waterbuck can be spotted, while shy bushbuck and duiker keep to the forested parts of the park. The Mount Meru eco-system is especially diverse, and home to some of the more elusive larger mammals, such as leopard and hyena.

Almost 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park, along with wide butterflies and other wildlife. Some of them are migratory and only present between October and April, others are permanent residents. Especially the Momela lakes are a great place for bird watching, which host a large concentration of waterbirds, including flamingos. There is also a variety of raptors, which hide in the forested areas of Mount Meru.

Map Arusha National ParkThe park is only 137km², but includes a diverse range of habitats. There are three distinct areas to be found: Ngurdoto Crater, the Momella Lakes and the rugged Mount Meru. Correlated to the altitude and geology of Arusha National Park you can find mountain rainforests, open savannah, alkaline lakes and even a volcanic crater.

Mount Meru stand at 4, 566 ( 14,980ft), the fifth- highest mountain in Africa.
On clear days you get great views of Mount Meru, which is Africa’s fifth highest mountain and within the parks boundary. You can also see across to Kilimanjaro – which is 50km away.

Best time to visit:

Climbing Mount meru: June to February, although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro: December to February.

Activity in the park:

Mountain climbing (Mount Meru), Horse riding, bird-viewing, game driving, canoeing in the big Momella Lake.

There are two airports near Arusha: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is 40km east of town, off the main highway between Arusha and the mountain. JRO is used for larger international flights from Kenya, Nairobi and Europe, as well as regional safari connections in Tanzania. The much smaller Arusha Airport, on the town’s western fringes, is a minor hub for Tanzanian regional flights.

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Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is a Tanzanian national park created in 1974 and is located in Katavi Region, Tanzania. It is a very remote park that is less frequently visited than other Tanzanian national parks. The park is approximately 4,471 square kilometers (1,726 sq mi) in area, which makes it the third largest national park after Ruaha and Serengeti. The park encompasses the Katuma River and the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplains.
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Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago.

Tanzania’s third largest national park, it lies in the remote southwest of the country, within a truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa.
The bulk of Katavi supports a hypnotically featureless cover of tangled brachystegia woodland, home to substantial but elusive populations of the localised eland, sable and roan antelopes. But the main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. During the rain season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for myriad waterbirds, and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile.
There are thousand strong herds of buffalo are a regular sight, elephants lurk round every other corner, tightly in any suitable deep pool. Katavi is the one of the few remaining game reserves anywhere in Africa where you can expect to encounter more lions that you will other visitors.

Game drive, best time to go

May to October and mid December.

What to do

Walking, driving and camping safaris.
Near Lake Katavi, visit the tamarind tree inhabited by the spirit of the legendary hunter Katabi (for whom the park is named) – offerings are still left here by locals seeking the spirit’s blessing.

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Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National ParkKitulo National Park is a protected area of montane grassland on the Kitulo plateau in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The park is at elevation of 2,600 metres ( 8,500 ft) between the peak of the region Kipegere and Poroto mountains and covers an area of 412.9 square kilometres ( 159.4 sq ml) lying in Mbeya Region and Njombe Region. The park is administered by Tanzania National Park ( TANAPA) and first national park in tropical Africa to be established primarily to protect it is flora.

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Botanist have dubbed kitulo plateau the “Serengeti of flowers. Kitulo national park knows us “ Bustani ya Mungu” – the garden of God. The first park in Tanzania to be set aside for its floral significant. Kitulo is home to a dizzying array of flowers and plants including 350 species of plants and 45 species of orchid. Covering an area of 413km2, Kitulo is accessible from Chimala township, 78 km east f Mbeya City along the Tanzania-Zambia highway. The park is the one of the most important discovered for the great Ruaha River.

Best time to visit

Wildflower displays peak between December and April. The sunnier months of September to November are more comfortable for hiking but less rewarding to botanists. Conditions are cold and foggy from June to August.

Activity:

Good hiking trails exist and will soon be developed into a formal trail system. Open walking across the grasslands to watch birds and wildflowers. Hill climbing on the neighbouring ranges. A half-day hike from the park across the Livingstone Mountains leads to the sumptuous Matema Beach on Lake Nyasa.

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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.

Manyara National Park’s contains a wide variety of habitats, which include lush groundwater forests, a swampy fan delta, acacia woodlands and a small grassy plain. This varied habitat attracts a wide variety of wildlife animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, and the algae growing in the lake, attract large flocks of flamingos. This African National Wildlife Park therefore supports a great variety of animals. Lake Manyara main safari attraction is its rich bird life, its tree-climbing lions and its hippos and other animals, which can be observed here, at very close.

Lion- lake manyara

Lake Manyara most visible predators, and also its prime tourist attraction are lions, famous for their habit of climbing trees. Why the lions of Lake Manyara National Park and not those of nearby Serengeti and Ngorongoro spend so much time in trees remains a mystery. The acacia (umbrella trees) woodlands south of the Msasa River, do however provide an ideal spot for the Lions to retreat to, in the heat of the day. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world — a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.

The enormous amount of groundwater pouring through the rock of the escarpment in this area, has created the ideal habitat from fresh produce and local farmers grow everything ranging from bananas to maize in Mto wa mbu. Mto wa mbu means” mosquito creek/ river”, is ery malaria so make sure you put on lots of insect repellent.

In lake Manyara you can see a lots of animals such us impala, giraffe, zebra and elephant are also comoon in this area. A diverse collection of water birds pelicans, storks, cormorants, gees and duck all congregate in abudance around of Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara shoreline is coloured of thousands of pink flamingo.

Past the Bagayo River, an area most notable for its majestic baobab trees, lays Maji Moto Ngogo a fresh but hot water spring (40°C). Near the end of the park a second set of hot water springs, Maji Moto bubbling around (60°C) can be seen – a good place to boil your eggs for lunch!

Activities: Canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high. Night game drives, game drives, village cultural tours, mountain biking, walk though Kirurumu Gorge, visit to local banana plantation, bush lunch/dinner, hot air balloon rides, abseiling (rappelling).

Best time to visit: Dry season (July to October) for large mammals; Wet season (November to June) for bird watching and canoeing.

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Pemba Island

Pemba Island

Pemba IslandPemba Island, known as “The Green Island” in Arabic (الجزيرة الخضراء), is an island forming part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, lying within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean.Pemba Island, which lies north of the main island of Zanzibar and east of Tanga, is slightly smaller, and much more rural than Zanzibar. Separated from the mainland by the 2,620 foot (800m) deep Pemba Channel, Pemba is best known for its precipitous drops, big walls and drifts, and is the home of big pelagic dives, a true haven for experienced divers. Even snorkelers can indulge in coral diving in the shallow waters off Misali Island, just off the coast of Pemba. The diving off the coast of Pemba is far more spectacular than off the beaches of Zanzibar. Dolphins, turtles, sharks, whales, and mantas can be seen in the blue-green waters.

Pemba IslandStill virtually unknown to most beach-bound tourists, Pemba is visited by few travellers, and most who do visit do so for the exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities found in the channels and coral reefs off the coast. While more and more tourists flock to Zanzibar each year, Pemba has remained relatively unchanged in the last decade, making it a suburb location for those travellers looking for something off-the-beaten path. Pemba is greener and hillier than Zanzibar, with a lush tropical feel to it. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, flanked with dense mangrove forests, and coloured by the rich greens of ten varieties of mangoes and hundreds of clove trees that support the livelihoods of local farmers. The island is said to be a centre for traditional medicine and witchcraft, with people traveling thousands of miles to see Pemba’s doctors.

For the adventurous traveler who visits this untouched island paradise, do not miss a visit to the historical ruins of the Pujini, Chwaka, and Ras Mkumbuu Ruins, or the Ngezi Forest Reserve (the remnants of a primeval rainforest). You can also tour the market and port area of Chake Chake (capital of Pemba) and watch ocean-going dhows during clove season at the port of Wete. Misali Island, just west of Chake Chake, is crisscrossed with walking trails that are home to a rich variety of bird life, including the endemic Pemba white-eye (Zosterops vaughani) and Pemba sunbird (Cinnyris pembae).

Transport to Pemba from Zanzibar Island or Dar es Salaam is by air or boat, and you can catch a ferry from Tanga. A limited number of lodges, hotels, and guesthouses dot the island, the best of which are located along the pristine, secluded waterfront of the north and west areas of Pemba Island. Recommended accommodations include Fundu Lagoon, The Manta Resort, and Pemba Misali Sunset Beach. We can arrange car hire, with driver, during your stay; we do not recommend self-drive due to the condition of the roads, but it is doable. Some excursions mentioned here require transport by boat, such as Misali Island and Ras Mkumbuu Ruins.

Activities:

Excursions to Kidike (home to Pemba’s flying foxes); Misali Island; ruins of Ras Mkumbuu, Pukini, and Chwaka; Ngezi Forest Reserve; lighthouse at Verani Beach; markets of Chake Chake; water sports, such as snorkelling, fishing, and diving at beginner to advanced levels

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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park | Crocodile The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along it is southeastern margin is the focus for game- viewing. The park can be reached by car a dirt road from Iringa and there two airstrips Msembe airstrip at Msembe ( park headquarters ), and Jongomeru Airstrip, near the Jongomeru Ranger Post.

Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. The addition of the Usangu Game Reserve and other important wetland to the park in 2008 increased it is size about 20,226 square kilometres (7, 809 sq mi), making it the largest park in Tanzania and East Africa.

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In Ruaha you enter a wilderness almost as untrammelled as katavi, but much easier to reach. Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) which can not be found in any other national park. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.

The Great Ruaha River as other rivers like Mwagusi, Jongomero and Mzombe save as the life line of the park. During dry season, these rivers become mostly the main source of water for wildlife. There are few natural springs saving the same purpose. In the pick of dry season, elephants obtain water from dry sand rivers using their front feet and trunks. The remaining water falls along the Great Ruaha River are also important habitat for hippopotamus, fish and crocodiles.

Ruaha national park | SnakeApart from large animals, the park also harbours a number of reptiles and amphibians such as crocodiles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs

The park is characterized by semi-arid type of vegetation, baobab trees, Acacia and other species. There are over 1,650 plant species that have been identified.

Ruaha National Park has a bimodal pattern of rain forest; the short rainfall season begins November to February, while the long season is between March and April. The annual mean rainfall ranges between 500mm-800mm with the average annual temperature of about 280c. The park experiences its dry season between June and October when the temperature at Msembe headquarter reaches 350c.

What to do:

Game viewing, walking safaris and cultural tourism are conducted.

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Serengeti National Park


The name “Serengeti” derives from Maasai word “Siringiti” meaning “endless plains”. When most people think of safari and the Serengeti, they envision scenes of the Great Migration, complete with image of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest stampeding through the croc- infested waters of the Mara river. Indeed, the annual migration of millions of animals, predominately. Is the grandest spectacle of wildlife in Africa. However, the envision the true Great Migration a column of wildebeest 24 miles( 40km) long, trudging across the plains two or three abreast, all on the move is search of fresh, green grass,. Now image that it takes more than two weeks for that column of animals to cross a single spot. Image them bunched together in protective her,or giving birth , or scrambing bin panic to escape the jaws of snapping crocodile. Image lions and hyenas prowling the scene In search of the weakest animal or the lone straggler separated from its herd. Only now have you visualized the magnificent phenomenon that is the Great Serengeti Migration.

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Over 2 millions migrating animals participate in this annual hourney: 1.5 millions wildebeest, 400,000 zebra and 300,000 gazelles, accompanied by a variety of goal: to find fresh, green grass. Consequently the Great Migration takes place year –around, a prey and predator follow a relatively predictable, but variable, annual cycle that is dependent on rainfall and the abudance of green grass. Depending on your location and the time of the year, safari-goers amy see the file columns, or traversing muddy rivers.

The following is a general guide to the route and timing of the annual migration. It must be stressed however that the timing is subject to rainfall patterns, and cannot be predicted. There are no fences in the Serengeti ecosystem- the herds follow ancient survival insrincts that are no match for predictability. The annual cycle begins in the southern Serengeti half million calves are born between January and March. However, when the rainds end and the land dries, the migration herds start to move in aclockwise direction towards the Maasai Mara region via western Corrido and Grument River. When the short rains arrive, the herds move into northernmost sections of the Serengeti near the Mara River and Lami wedge. It is here that fortunate safari goer might witness small herds of wildebeest , typically between 500-1500, traversing the Mara River back and forth beween its northen and southern shores. By late October into November , the herds begin to move south through the Lobo area, reaching the short grass plains near the southern plains of the Serengeti and Ndutu in late November , in time for breeding season.

Game drive, when to go:

June – September high densities year-round, although its peak time is during the dry season This is also when the great migration passes through the area and crosses the Grumeti River

This is also when the great migration passes through the area and crosses the Grumeti River (in the months of June or July). This spectacle could not be higher on any safari enthusiast’s bucket list. And for good reason.

Late January to February is the wildebeest calving season, which provides high excitement as lion and cheetah descend on the fragile and naive newborns. Although action-packed, these scenes are not for the faint of heart. The height of the wet season occurs in the months of March and April and causes the usually crowded Serengeti to empty, offering an intimate experience with the wildlife. Another plus of this time of year is the return of migratory bird species – a big drawcard for all the twitchers out there.

Activity

Hot air ballon, game driving.

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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire national parkTarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, it is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animal in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of the wildebeest and zebras. During the dry seasons thousands of animal concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.

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Tarangire National Park is best known for it is baobab trees and it’s year round population of elephants, where it is common to see herds of up to 300 elephants of all ages and sizes. However, predators are also well represented, along with over 550 species of birds, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem and the one place in Tanzania where fringe-eared oryx and the long-necked gerenuk can be observed. Migratory wildebeest, zebra and other thirsty nomads crowd the shrinking lagoons. Lions early wait for the next chance to hunt.

GiraffesThe park lies between the plains of the Maasai Steppe to the southeast and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. At over 1,100 square miles (2,849 sq. km), the national park is part of the larger ecosystem of the Tarangire Conservation Area (TCA) and a vast area of unprotected land extending across the Maasai Steppes. Located in the Rift Valley region, near the eastern shore of Lake Manyara, Tarangire contains nine different vegetation zones, each of which supports unique forms of wildlife. Landscapes range from wooded Savannah’s to rivers, but the most distinctive scenery in Tarangire is probably the rolling hills dotted with massive, majestic baobab trees, their tangled limbs silhouetted against the vast, open sky.

Game drive, best time to go:

During the dry season, between July and November, when large herds of zebra, wildebeest, antelope, and other game are attracted to the waters of the Tarangire River, and the elephant population is phenomenal. However, the park is greener during the rainy season, and the birdlife is astounding. Located only 75 miles (121 km) from Arusha, it is possible to arrange a day trip to the park if your time and budget is limited.

Year round but dry season (July to October) for the sheer numbers of animals, when the greatest wildlife concentration outside the Serengeti can be viewed in Tarangire.

What to do:

Game drives, night game drives, guided walking safaris, day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings near Kolo on the Dodoma Road, hot air balloon safaris.

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Udzugwa national park

Udzugwa national parkUdzugwa Mountains National Park is a national park in Tanzania with a size of 1,990 km2 (770 miles). The habitats contained within the national park include tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo woodland, grassland and steppe. There is a vertical height range of 250-2,576 metres ( the peak of Lohomero), which incorporates the Udzugwa Mountain part of the Eastern Arc Mountain. There are more 400 birds species, 2500 plant species (25% of which are endemics) and 6 primate species. It has the second largest biodiversity of a national park in Africa.

Tourism in the Udzungwa Mountains national Park revolves around hiking and trekking, as the park has no roads and is accessible only on foot. The hiking trails range in difficulty from the short one-hour Sonjo trek to the extremely challenging 6-day camping trek the Lumemo Trail. The most common walk is the Sanje Waterfalls trail which takes approximately four hours to complete and allows the visitor access to the stunning 170 m waterfall and includes swimming in the waterfall plunge pools as part of the activity.

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With an area of 1,990 km2, the park is also an important water catchment for a major rivers namely the Great Ruaha and Kilombero. The series of waterfalls along its river and dense tropical forest give the park its Serena experience.

Best time to visit:

June to October

Activity

Game drives and waterfall hikes.

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