Game Viewing

game viewingA game viewing vehicle is a vehicle that is converted or modified to carry many people, seated in positions in which they can view game in game reserves. These vehicles are usually open and do not have roofs, the reason for this is to improve visibility and keep obstructions out of the way. These vehicles are usually four wheel drive and have a load area on the back, which when converted will house the seats.

There are many companies that make these modifications, they are either bought vehicles that have been taken to a conversion company or they are bought by the company, converted, then sold. Some vehicle manufacturers sell these vehicles ready-made.

These vehicles are usually only in countries where there are game reserves, usually in Africa. Common variations of vehicles converted for game viewers are the Land Rover Defender, Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and other common off-road vehicles.

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Arusha National Park

mount mereArusha National Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m, in the Arusha Region of north eastern Tanzania. The park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. In the west, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River; the peak of Mount Meru lies on its rim. Ngurdoto Crater in the south-east is grassland. The shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the north-east have varying algal colours and are known for their wading birds.
Mount Meru is the second highest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro, which is just 60 km away and forms a backdrop to views from the park to the east. Arusha National Park lies on a 300-kilometre axis of Africa’s most famous national parks, running from Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in the west to Kilimanjaro National Park in the east.

Arusha 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.

Game viewing, best time to do:

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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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park | Crocodile Ruaha National Park is a national park in Tanzania. The addition of the Usangu Game Reserve and other important wetlands to the park in 2008 increased its size to about 20,226 km2 (7,809 sq mi), making it the largest protected area in Tanzania and East Africa.[2]

The park is about 130 kilometres (81 mi) west of Iringa. The park is a part of the 45,000 square kilometres (17,000 sq mi) Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi ecosystem,[2] which includes the Rungwa Game Reserve, the Kizigo and Muhesi Game Reserves, and the Mbomipa Wildlife Management Area.[3]
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.


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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Saadani national park

Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park is Tanzania’s 13th National Park. Tourists can view animals basking along the Indian ocean shores. It has an area of 1062 km2 and was officially gazetted in 2005, from a game reserve which had existed from 1969. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea.

Saadani’s wildlife population is increasing during recent years after it has been gazetted as a National Park and was a hunting block beforehand. Wildlife in Saadani includes four of the Big Five, namely East African lions, African bush elephants, buffaloes and African leopards. Masai giraffes, Lichtenstein’s, hartebeest, common waterbucks, blue wildebeests, bohor reedbucks, common and red duikers, Dik- Dik, yellow baboons, vervet monkeys, black and White Colobus monkey, civets, mongooses, genet cats, porcupines, sable antelopes, warthogs, hippopotamus, crocodiles, nile monitors are found in the park.


PalmtreesPalm tree are waving in the cool sea breeze. Located in the centre of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, Saadani National Park covers 1100km square. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. The climate is coastal, hot and humid. It offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a culturally fascinating setting. About 30 species of larger mammals are present as well as numerous reptiles and birds. Besides many species of fish (over 40), green turtles, humpback whales and dolphins occur in the ocean nearby
Saadani is the only park with fully protected coastal forest in Eastern Africa. The mangroves protected the beaches and provide habitat for breeding of fish and other marine animals.

Game viewing, best time to go

In rainy season (March-April), the muddy roads can make travelling in the southern parts of the park very difficult. It is advisable to inquire about the condition of the road before traveling


Game viewing, boating, beach and cultural tourism.

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Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions.[2][3] It is famous and well known for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger.

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.

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.

great migration

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 viewing, best time to visit:

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.


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