The iconic safari destination
The Northern Route
The most famous parks are situated in the north of Tanzania. These parks offer the best chance of witnessing wild animals in their natural habitat. All of these parks have their own unique characteristics and attractions. The main attractions are listed below:
Serengeti National Park
This phenomenal National Park, created to preserve the path of the world’s largest migration circuit, covers nearly 15,000 square kilometres. The name Serengeti comes from the Masai name meaning ‘endless plains’, and these rolling distances of short grass plains provide an exceptional landscape for wildlife viewing; it is ultimate safari country.
The Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World,’ and a definite world-class attraction. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino return to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Masai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes its eponymous famous crater, Olduvai Gorge, and huge expanses of highland plains, scrub bush, and forests that cover approximately 8300 square kilometres. A protected area, only indigenous tribes such as the Masai are allowed to live within its borders.
The Southern and Western Route
Tourism is less well-developed in the southern and western regions of Tanzania than it is in the north. If it is solitude, tranquillity and peace of mind you are looking for, you may prefer to visit these regions. This part of Tanzania truly is paradise for anyone who wants to experience what it must have been like to be an explorer. We feel that it is only right to warn you that the game in these areas is less used to interactions with humans and can be slightly more shy. Furthermore, due to the vastness of the area, in contrast with the north, taking a domestic flight may sometimes be necessary.
Best time to travel to Tanzania
The months June till November are known to be the best months to visit Tanzania. This is because of the dry season. The national parks of Tanzania are perfectly made for a visit during this period, as most animals can be spotted easier, as they will all gather around the waterholes. Also during this time of year the temperatures are not very high.
All of the parks in Tanzania do have to deal with rain from time to time. The rainy season lasts normally from March until May in the northern part, and from November until May in the southern and western part of Tanzania. The wild animals tend to spread a bit more, so the chance to see a big concetration of animals in one area is a bit smaller (if you’re looking fort his). The period from December until March can be very hot and humid, especially in the western and southern part of Tanzania. Because of that, it’s not that nice to spend a lot of time in the bush.
Most people travel to Tanzania in order to witness the Great Migration [hyperlink naar de Engelse pagina over de grote migratie inbouwen] of Wildebeest. In order to see this spectacular natural phenomenon, you have to go to the Serengeti and Ngorongroro Conservation Area. A very nice period to visit the Great Migration, is in February and March, because most of the wildebeest and zebra’s are giving birth. During this period many birds can be spotted as well.