Between Kenya and Mozambique, Tanzania is one of the most visited countries in East Africa. From the iconic landscapes of Kilimanjaro and the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes, to the gaudy costumes of the Masai without ever forgetting the paradisiacal island of Zanzibar, this country really has everything for those who always wanted to know African nature in its greatest state!
Tanzania has close to 20 natural parks and protected areas, each more impressive than the other. The Serengeti, however, is a classic park for a first visit – lions, leopards, elephants, and rhinos await your visit. The mythical river crossings of migratory species usually occur in the months of June and / or July.
They call it “Noah’s Ark” or “Garden of Eden”, all to convey the idea of the extraordinary richness of the fauna and flora of this area of Tanzania. Ngorongoro is a huge (extinct) volcano crater, one of the largest in the world.
It serves as a refuge for thousands of animals that live here protected by the park’s conservation status. Although Ngorongoro is beautiful all year round, from June to September the sparse vegetation cover facilitates the observation of fauna.
If you really plan to climb the 5895 meters to Uhuru peak, know that you must have about 5 or 6 days to do so, but also that you must be in excellent physical condition to try to ascend the most famous African mountain, the one that puts Tanzania on the map of climbing aficionados.
Even if you see it only in the background, as a backdrop for the beautiful photos that you will certainly take in the area, this is an unforgettable image.
Spice Islands. The name alone already transports us to the exotic world of the Zanzibar archipelago, with its intoxicating aroma, its pristine beaches, and its turquoise sea. To acclimate yourself to this culture very different from the rest of Tanzania (on the islands the population is mostly Muslim) arrive on the ferry from the fascinating Dar Es Salaam.
And don’t forget: if the objective is diving, neighboring Pemba is a very interesting alternative! The rainy months are usually March, April, and May.
It is one of the most instantly recognizable ethnicities on the African continent. With their scarlet tunics and adornments of colored beads, the Masai are an integral part of the culture of Tanzania, although today it is estimated that they only settled in the country since the 19th century.
The way of life-based on the warrior’s principles is at the basis of the Masai’s relationship with the landscape that surrounds them and visiting one of their villages – today that their traditional way of life is increasingly in danger – is something precious, which no visitor to the country should miss it.
Arusha National Park
The Arusha national park, a few kilometers from the city of the same name, which is the starting point for safaris, is small but interesting: giraffes, zebras, flemish and monkeys live together in a space that can be covered in a few hours. A perfect aperitif for those who are ready to visit the large parks: Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro.
In these, the landscapes vary a lot and show a wide range of savanna, swamps, mountains, and jungle. Walking along the dirt roads that cross the parks, you have the chance to see a leopard hunting, a family of a few dozen monkeys, or a mother elephant feeding the baby while the rest of the group devours trees like eating snacks. It is as if humans were transparent, or did not exist.
Tarangire Reserve And Lake Manyara
Tarangire National Park is famous for the largest elephant population in Tanzania and, of course, magnificent landscapes. As for the rest of the animals, all of the African five are represented here, except for rhinos.
Another fantastic national park is Lake Manyara Park. The lake occupies about 70% of the park. Numerous animals live on the rest: lions spotted hyenas and other large mammals, both sedentary and nomadic. The park is also inhabited by the legendary Manyar lions living on trees. And more than 500 species of birds live in the park: even an inexperienced observer can notice more than 100 species of birds per day.
Previously, flamingos lived on the lake, but now they have flown to another lake – Natron, however, in many brochures they still report a high population here. This is not true. Keep this in mind if tourists are interested in these birds.
In the park, in addition to observing animals and birds, you can raft on the lake by canoe (with an adequate water level), as well as visit cultural attractions in the ethnographic village of Mto wa Mbu.