Located in Southern Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve covers 50,000 km2, estimated to be almost as thrice as the Serengeti National Park. Selous Game Reserve is home to significant concentrations of Giraffe, Rhinos, wild dogs and Cheetah, together with these animals it is one of the best reserves to spot the “Big Five” animals and birds too. Over 400 species of birds have been spotted in the park.
Little do people know about this beautiful sleeping giant in the Southern Part of Tanzania. Since you are reading this, you will have a chance to learn a few new things about the Selous Game reserve.
1. It is among the largest faunal parks in the World.
Due to its wildlife diversity and untouched nature, various animals have inhabited the park. Such animals being, Zebras, wild dogs, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffes, Lions, Elephants and so much more. Permanent human inhabitation is restricted within the park also all human entry and exit are controlled by the Tourism & Wildlife division. Also, this is the only park that you may combine land and river safaris. River Rufiji runs through the park allowing enormous game sightings either from land/water.
2. Selous Game Reserve is said to have the largest Crocodiles in East Africa and it also homes to a large concentration of the endangered African wild dogs.
3. Over 400 bird species can be spotted in the park. Due to its well-preserved nature of the Selous Game Reserve, it is home to various birds and can be spotted easily too.
4. All accommodation levels are available in the park. From Luxurious to Mid-range to Budget Camps. With all these accommodation levels in the Selous Game Reserve, a visitor may have the best of value with a great enjoyment assured.
5. Selous Game Reserve is one of the least visited parks in Tanzania. Not because it is not attractive, but because most visitors have not been introduced. With this in mind, the Selous also offers high chances to spot the Big Five animals due to its preserved nature and less frequent visits, the animals tend to be easily spotted. In addition to this, the Selous inhabits the largest population of Buffalos in Africa
6. It offers a wide range of activities to do in the park. Such as the unique boat safari, walking Safaris, Game drives, Cultural tours and so much more. Hence quenching the visitor’s thirst for an adventure.
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the World’s largest unbroken, inactive, idle and unfilled volcanic caldera. Most people tend to be confused, but in fact, it is a caldera, a depression formed when a volcano explodes. This explosion is believed to happen several million years ago, and the top of the mountain collapsed on itself forming what we know now as the Ngorongoro Crater.
Below are interesting things that you need to know about Ngorongoro Crater.
Before the Mountain exploded, it is believed that it was of similar heights to Mount Kilimanjaro. After it exploded, it left a crater with 610 metres deep and over 200 km2rich infertile soils where vegetation strived, and animals moved in searching for food.
Over20,000 people live in the Ngorongoro conservation area. They share the land with an incredible amount of wildlife. This was done so due to, the communities living within the Crater proved that they could conserve and protect the area. Hence, permission was granted for them to remain within the crater. So, this is one of the few places where man lives peacefully with animals.
There are over 30,000 animals ranging from predators and preys, such as Lions, Hippos, Elephants, Wildebeests, Zebras, Monkeys, Elands. It’s also one of the best places to see the endangered black rhinos too. Together with the animals, the crater also boasts of having over 400 bird species found inside and around the crater.
Ngorongoro Crater is voted as one among the Seven Natural Wonders of the world since the caldera is unfilled, intact and an inactive volcano. Due to this, most of the tourists who have been in Tanzania must have visited the Ngorongoro crater for a night or two. For the ones who have not been to Tanzania, this should be a must-visit destination point.
Ngorongoro Crater is also one of the sites to experience the “Great Migration”. More than 2 million animals pass through the Ngorongoro Crater, wildebeests along with zebras and gazelles. Each year between December and March. This movement goes throughout the year, with the herds moving where the new and flourished vegetation is.
Ngorongoro Crater is also a famous pre-historic site. The fossils that were discovered there are said to be the earliest known evidence of the human species. The human fossils were found in Olduvai Gorge and dated about 1.7 million years ago.
Generally, Ngorongoro Crater is one of the destination points found in Tanzania that you should miss out on your to-go list. From its scenery landscapes, wildlife, birds, the communities and so much more.
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Tarangire National Park is a national park found among Tanzania’s Northern Circuit Parks. Located around Manyara Region, the park got its name from the Tarangire River that crosses the park and it acts as a source of freshwater for its animals. The park can be visited from Arusha by road in less than 2 hours.
Tarangire National Park is famously known for its large herds of Elephants and its massive old Baobabs around the park, together with these we have decided to put down more so as you can be pursued to visit and experience Tarangire.
1. Large Herds of Elephants:
The huge herds of Elephants are one of the iconic symbols of the park. In fact, one of the oldest known Elephants to give birth to twins is found in Tarangire. During the dry season, the Elephants tend to flock in this park in search of water which may lead to spotting a herd with over 100 Elephants. Isn’t this just amazing?
2. Old Massive Baobab trees:
Tarangire National Park is famous also for its massive and old Baobabs. The baobab trees may reach up to 30 meters in height. Also, it is believed that the park has among the oldest baobabs with an estimation of about 1000 years.
3. Bird watcher’s paradise:
Tarangire National Park is home to over 400 species of birds, hence triggering an ornithological interest to its enthusiasts. With the birds being easy to spot, the park ensures maximum satisfaction and a wonderful experience. Try not to miss this in your bucket list.
4. Its wildlife:
Tarangire National Park has the second-highest population of wildlife after the Serengeti. Some common animals in the park include Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, lion, Zebras, Wildebeests, Cape Buffaloes, Giraffes, Baboon, Monkeys and so much more. Is this not enough to make you visit?
5. Its diverse vegetation:
Tarangire National Park has a vast number of Baobabs, Acacia trees and Sausage trees. The Baobabs are a value to the pastoralist societies since they may be used as herbs to cure some diseases. The Tarangire river acts as a primary source of freshwater to its animals and vegetation around the park. The river tends to attract thousands of animals during the dry season, the animals come around to have water and this makes wildlife viewing excellent and since not so many people visit the park regularly, this turns out to be a gem in the rough
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The Serengeti is one of the most famous national parks in the African Safari Scene. Here you will be able to spot various wildlife activities such as the wildebeest migration, Predators hunting and so much more. Therefore, no surprise that this is a place that you would not dare miss out on your bucket list, whether during this period or sometimes in the future. To others, it is not just about its natural wonders but also for its world-class accommodation facilities located within the park.
The origin of the name “Serengeti”
The name “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai word “Siringit”, which means the “endless plains”.This accurately describes the endless vast savanna and its rolling hills. Though many people think that it is made up entirely of grassland, but it also consists of woodlands, forests, and savanna.
History of the Serengeti
Serengeti is among the oldest national park in Tanzania operated by the National Parks (TANAPA). It was first entrenched in the 1920s and officially declared as a national park in 1951. In 1981 it was named a UNESCO world heritage. The Serengeti currently attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year making it a major draw to the country’s tourism sector.
No permanent human inhabitation in the park, this was done so as to minimize human destructive activities within the national park, hence all the people (Maasai tribe) who inhabited the area were allocated to safer places.
Animals in the Serengeti
If you visit Serengeti National Park, you may be able to spot some if not all the big five animals which consist of the Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, and Lion. Other animals you can expect to see include Crocodiles, Wildebeests, Wild Dogs, Cheetahs, Hippos, and Antelopes.
Besides the animals, there are also has more than 400 species of birds, turning it to a bird watcher’s paradise.
Best season/time to visit.
This will vary mostly to tourists depending on their interests. For instance, one might be interested in viewing the Migration. Due to the migration interest, they are forced to visit a certain period of the year to spot the migration. But all in all, there is no specific time to visit the place, since wildlife sightings are all good all year round.
Activities in the Serengeti
Serengeti National Park offers a wide range of activities due to its Vast savannah. Hence, the following are the various activities that one can undergo while in Serengeti.
- Game Drives
- Hot Air Balloon
- Visit Olduvai Gorge
- Watching the Mara & Grumeti river crossings
- Wildlife spotting at Seronera Plains
- Hippo Pool visits
- Visit the Bologonja Springs
Located in Eastern Africa, Kenya, and Uganda to its North, Burundi, Rwanda, and Republic of Congo to its West, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to its South and the Indian Ocean to its Eastern Side. Tanzania poses as one among the best safari destinations to be visited all year round. With over 30% of its land as National Parks, so much wildlife and scenic views to be experienced and enjoyed.
Tanzania is among the biggest countries rich in a variety of Flora and Fauna allowing it to be among the most diverse in the World, from its beautiful beaches, tropical forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, islands and so much more.
Below are the four most interesting facts about Tanzania that you may need to know.
LARGEST NATIONAL PARK IN AFRICA
Selous Game Reserve is the largest national park in Africa covering about 55,000 km2. Located in South-Eastern Tanzania, the park has various attractions such as Wildlife varieties including Giraffes, Buffaloes, Zebras, Wild dogs, Elephants, Rhino, and the Hippos. The most famous attraction in the park is the Rufiji river which pours its water directly to the Indian Ocean.
HIGHEST POINT IN AFRICA & WORLD’S TALLEST FREE-STANDING MOUNTAIN
Many refer to it as the roof of Africa, commonly known as Mt. Kilimanjaro. Is a dormant volcano with three cones namely, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. With 5,895 meters above sea level, the mountain poses as the highest point on the African Continent and the World’s tallest free-standing mountain.
Situated in North-Eastern Tanzania within Kilimanjaro National Park, many tourists have summited successfully
SECONDDEEPEST, LARGEST &OLDEST LAKE IN THE WORLD
Lake Tanganyika is a freshwater lake situated in Tanzania’s western region and it acts as a border between Tanzania and the Republic of Congo. It is the second deepest lake in the world which reaches a depth of 4,823 feet. It is also the second oldest believed to have contained its water for a very long time ago, it holds the greatest volume of freshwater accounting to over 10% of the World’s available freshwater.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO natural World Heritage site located in the northern highlands of Tanzania. It’s mainly known for the astonishing Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera in the whole world. This is the only park in Tanzania where human beings (Traditional People) inhabitation was allowed to conserve the park. Also, in every direction you look, you can spot zebras, lions, elephants, wildebeests and if lucky enough, black rhinos too!
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