There is no other country in the world that can match Tanzania for its excellent combination of wildlife and scenery. It has well over 20 wildlife parks in total, each with its own unique characteristics, however narrowing down which ones to visit can be a tricky task. Here are a few of the parks which I think are most rewarding if you are visiting Tanzania for a safari holiday.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is ultimately the best wildlife park in the world. It features many different types of surroundings, which are of course inhabited by a variety of different animals. The land can change within a matter of minutes worth of travelling – from swamp land, to the terrain which this park is most famous for, its long and endless flat plains. Big cats are commonly found when on safari in the Serengeti, and it would be unusual to visit this park without a lion sighting.
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Crater is an old caldera which was the result of a 2+ million year old volcano collapsing in on itself. It makes the perfect location to preserve the wildlife inside the area – which are protected by 2,000 foot high walls. Ngorongoro is ultimately famous for sightings of the big 5 – something which is hard to come by in most other Tanzanian parks these days, but can be spotted in 1 trip to the crater floor.
Selous Game Reserve
Selous is a huge park, and is jam packed full of many varieties of wildlife. Its boundaries are said to be larger than the size of small countries, and it is filled up with beautiful scenery and lively wildlife. This is a park for people who want a real African adventure, and are travelling through remote bush areas, without a single other tourist in sight, and would like the spotting of wildlife to be a real challenge, and not just laid out on a plate for them.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire is not commonly noted as a standout destination when it is compared with its neighbouring Ngorongoro or Serengeti parks, however, I think it is great! Its key attractions include the giant African Baobab trees which are dotted all around the park, and survive in large populations, and also the large herds of elephants which inhabit the area, and can be seen making tracks across the land in single file in search of a watering hole to drink, wash and also play in.