A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE THROUGH THE TANZANIA’S NATIONAL PARKS
A Comprehensive Guide Through the Tanzania’s National Parks : The United Republic of Tanzania is one of the unique safari destinations in East Africa and all of Africa. This beautiful country comprises various sites which represent significant historical events and magnificent attractions like Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater. Such historical sites include ancient temples, zoos, and museums. Since Tanzania is a union of two parts, Tanganyika and Zanzibar you will combine the beauties from the Tanzania Mainland and the tourist resort islands of Zanzibar. To be true, there are so many best attractions you will need to know in Tanzania. One of the Tanzanian iconic attractions is Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and one of Africa’s most popular Tanzania safari destinations. Tanzania is the best and blessed place with more attractions including seventeen big National Parks such as Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Ruaha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Katavi National Park, Gombe National Park, Kitulo National Park, the Mahale Mountains National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Mikumi National Park, Rubondo Island National Park, Saadani National Park, Udzungwa National Park, as well as Saanane National Park. Apart from parks, there are so many Game Reserves in this beautiful country. The country also has dozens of beautiful white sandy beaches such as those found on the island of Zanzibar, a tourist hotspot for incredible sea breezes.
This country is comprised of different human activities that have played an important role in the management of these national parks. These activities are greatly done by those communities neighboring the parks, the indigenous tribes. These communities are rewarded through village fees and the purchase of their domestic products. Therefore, I can say that the role of conservation in Tanzania is done by everyone. You are guaranteed with best sightings since the parks are less spoiled. The Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) has all mandates to control, manage and protect all the Parks. TANAPA has a well-organized team that is supported by the government and one of their great roles is to ensure that visitors are enjoying their trips to Tanzanian Parks thus A Comprehensive Guide Through the Tanzania’s National Parks. Therefore, they make the best plans for visitors and provide better facilities in order to prevent any interference with animals. Villagers are mostly encouraged to secure the environment and their resources by creating cultural tourism projects. The most famous parks in Tanzania are located in the Northern Circuit. These include Kilimanjaro National Park, the home of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, the home of Mount Meru, Lake Manyara National Park, the home of a pinky soda lake, Serengeti National Park, the home of the Great Migration, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the home of the Ngorongoro Crater. The surrounding communities of these parks are the Maasai, Iraq, Chagga, and Pare to name a few. The most iconic community is the Maasai which resides near Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, and Arusha National Parks. The Maasai has a good culture including the wearing of “lubega’” (Maasai’s bed-sheet-like dressing) and the traditional dances (which can be performed voluntarily or on request made by a tourist). These people also sell their cultural products in Maasai Markets. Therefore, you have every reason to enjoy yourself in Tanzania whether you are inside or outside the park. Here down are some briefs of the most unforgettable tourist attractions found in Tanzania.
Arusha National Park. Although it is smaller than most parks in Tanzania, it has a range of stunning attractions including the forest of Mount Meru, Ngurdoto Crater in the southeast section of the park, seven Momella lakes. People come here to see wildlife such as black and white colobus monkeys which are easily spotted in the forested area. You can also come here to climb Mount Meru, which is one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Africa and the second highest mountain in Tanzania.
Gombe National Park. Gombe National Park also sometimes called Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest National Park that is located in the Western Circuit specifically in the west of the Kigoma region. The Park is famous for having a huge concentration of chimpanzees, one of the most endangered primate species on earth. It is always accredited with the great work of the primatologist, Jane Goodall who spent several years studying the behavior of these primates.
Kilimanjaro National Park; is one of the most popular known tourist destinations in Africa and around the world. As it is home to the highest mountain in Africa and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, this park stretches from its bases. This mountain is so beautiful and very attractive as it is covered with snow that gives its attractiveness. It is also surrounded by big foresters that comprise many species of animals like blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, bushbabies, some big animals like elephants, giraffes, and buffalo, and birds such as white-necked ravens, insects, big trees, some rivers that hold water.
Tarangire National Park; this park is located in Northern Tanzania and it is mostly famous for the large population of elephants which is the highest overall park in Tanzania. This population is observable between June to October on the sides of Tarangire River which saves as ‘the lifeline’ of this park. So many animals accumulate in this place. Tarangire National Park is also famous for being home to Tanzania’s huge population of birds species. It hosts more than 500 bird species including the ones endemic to Tanzania only thus A Comprehensive Guide Through the Tanzania’s National Parks.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is a protected area in Tanzania and one of the World’s Heritage Site. It is home to the famous volcanic Ngorongoro Crater. This crater is said to happen after the collapse and eruption of the Ngorongoro Mountains. Ngorongoro is said to be one of the ancient tallest mountains than even Kilimanjaro before it collapsed and erupted. Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania’s most popular wildlife viewing areas. This huge attractive volcanic crater has a rich supply of water, which saves thousands of animals who stay in this area rather than migrating. Thousands of animals can be seen on the crater floor, including lions, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes, but wildebeests and zebras account for over half of the animals that is why to call the Ngorongoro Crater home.
Now comes the story of the Great Serengeti National Park, the world’s most famous park. This park has a high concentration of carnivores in Africa. It is the second-largest park from Nyerere National Park and it is also known as home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. It is located also in the Northern part of Tanzania. The park is so huge with its landscape being great savannah plains that made the Maasai call it “endless plains” (“Siringet” in their local language). It is in this park where you can spot all the Big Five animals which are elephants, buffalos, lions, black rhinos, and leopards. This park is also home to varieties of plant species such as grasses, shrubs, and acacia woods for the herbivores and tall trees that favor large and tall animals like elephants and giraffes thus A Comprehensive Guide Through the Tanzania’s National Parks. In Serengeti you if you will visit at the target time you will observe also the migrations of the largest group of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles from the south of Serengeti to the northern Maasai Mara in Kenya. This event is one of the Seven Natural Wonders in the world. If you want to be part of this Great Mammal Migration (including about 1.5 million wildebeests, 250,000 zebras, and 200,000 gazelles) on earth you can plan a camping safari with various tour operators who follow the migration cycle from start to finish. On your surveying moments at Serengeti, you will be able to observe the largest and so unforgettable moment for the great population of the wildebeest which are so famous for their greatest migrations which usually takes place between January and February. The best moment of these animals is their lifestyle of leaving in groups so far if you will target them at their migration time you will observe the move for thousands of wildebeest. And you can have a luck to observe them simply because they just need a large area so they might stay on the long spaced area but with special availabilities like grasses and water, and very brief their migration is mostly caused by the lack or shortage of enough food and water mostly during the summer season. After the long travel through your surveying moment, I hope so you could just enjoy the amazing environmental condition of the Park as Serengeti have a very awesome landscape that allows most animals to survive over that pretty park.
Am so glad because I hope you’re much interested in this beautiful country as it makes you have a great imagination on how you will much enjoy a better life in Serengeti National Park. Moreover, you may take it as a chance to be a good ambassador to others in your remote areas. But also a good ambassador to the other National Parks found in Tanzania that comprising with a lot of amazing moments.