1. NATIONAL PARKS
Arusha National Park
This national park is located about 45 kilometers east of the city of Arusha. Therefore, it is the national park near the capital of Tanzania safari. Is home to Mount Meru, a 4565m high mountain, Ngurdoto crater and the stunning lakes Momella. Despite its relatively small size (552 square kilometers), this park has much to offer, like the black and white colobus monkeys, flamingos, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and a variety of birds and plants.
Directions to Arusha National Park:
From Arusha, it is about an hour’s drive.
What to do:
Walking safari, climbing Mount Meru, Ngurdoto crater game leads to Momella and lakes. At dawn or dusk you can see quite clearly Mt.Kilimanjaro. (we need detailed information about the activities: where they are, how long do they take, prices,etc)
Tarangire National Park
This park is the best kept secret North Circuit. It is often overshadowed by the Lake Manyara National Park. However, its 2850 square kilometers offer a unique and diverse landscape than any park in the North Circuit. The presence of a permanent source of water makes a particularly good place Tarangire in the dry season (June to October, December to February) for many wild animals that migrate there.
Tarangire is famous for its baobab trees, as well as large concentrations of large mammals, including leopards and other carnivores.
How to get to Tarangire?
It is 120 kilometers southwest of Arusha. It takes about 2 hours drive
What to do?
Game drives during the day (or night drives near the park), Walking safaris, bird watching, safaris globe. (we need detailed information about the activities: where they are, how long do they take, prices,etc)
Lake Manyara National Park
This park is located about 120 kilometers northwest of Arusha. 60% of the total area of 330 km2 of the park is covered by the lake. The remaining 40% (or 132 km2) is a forest that is home to over 350 species of birds and a variety of mammals such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, blue monkeys, impala, lions, leopards and many more.
The forest at Lake Manyara is always green due to groundwater on its way from the highlands of Ngorongoro. It is for this reason that Lake Manyara Park is a good starting point for a broader safari in the Northern Circuit.
How to get to Lake Manyara National Park?
2 hour drive on paved roads.
What to do?
Game drives (day and night), hot air ballooning, bird watching, visit the hot springs, hiking / biking along the Rift Valley and the cultural tourism program in Mto wa mbu people. (we need detailed information about the activities: where they are, how long do they take, prices,etc)
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro is located about 180 kilometers west of Arusha. It is a project of multiple land use, considered World Heritage by UNESCO since 1979. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is 8,200 km2, being an integral part of the Serengeti ecosystem, much broader.
Its existence is due to the need to reduce conflicts over land use and management of wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. Human settlements between wildlife are allowed. Thus, the community of shepherds in the area, the Masaai, have coexisted in perfect harmony with wildlife. Visitors often see children carrying livestock in an area that is known for having a high density of carnivorous animals.
Ngorongoro is often regarded as the eighth wonder of the world for its breathtaking scenery and wildlife concentrations localized pro it off in the «cradle of humanity».
Ngorongoro Crater is home to the rare Black Rhino and the highest concentration of wildlife anywhere in the world. In addition, northeast of the crater are the Olmoti and Empakaai craters that are perfect for walking safaris places. Also west of the crater is the Olduvai Gorge, where the first remains of humans were found.
A 2 km away from Olduvai is Ndutu Plains, home to herds of wildebeest to stop in this area around late January and early February. This is also the area where a healthy population of cheetahs and other carnivores go when herds are at home.
The beauty of Ngorongoro can not be expressed in words. You have to see with your own eyes and evaluate if your majesty is enough to be considered the eighth wonder of the world.
How to get to Ngorongoro?
It is 180 km or 3 hours drive from Arusha on paved roads.
What to do?
Animal watching, hiking in the highlands of Ngorongoro, route Olduvai Gorge, visit the Maasai village, see the monolithic rock Nasera. (we need detailed information about the activities: where they are, how long do they take, prices,etc)
Serengeti National Park
This is the ultimate safari experience, is what all visitors want to see. The «land of the endless plains», this is how it is known by the nomadic people Masaai.
Serengeti National Park covers an area of 14.760km2. It is famous for the annual wildebeest migration and density of wildlife. The landscape more or less can be divided into short grass plains and woodland area.
Erroneously it thinks that after the annual migration in late July, the park is virtually empty. Contrary, when the migration is over, there are a lot of resident wildlife to be seen and photographed.
How to get to Serengeti?
It is a journey 6-7 hours by road from Arusha. You can also fly to any of the airstrips in Serengeti. (There are several daily flights from Arusha?).
What to do?
Safari, balloon ride, visit the kopjes (rock outcrops), walking safari and night safaris outside the park. (we need detailed information about the activities: where they are, how long do they take, prices,etc)