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Arusha National Park

The closest national park to Arusha town – northern Tanzania 's safari capital – Arusha National Park covering an area of 137 sq km (53 sq miles). The entrance gate leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colorful turacos and trogons – the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen.

In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthogs.

 
 
 

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is one of the finest parks in Tanzania . Located in the Rift Valley, not far from the eastern shore of Lake Manyara, Tarangire covers almost 2,600 square kilometers and contains nine different vegetation zones, each supporting distinct types of wildlife. The gently rolling hills are punctuated with majestic Baobab trees, ( Adansonia digitata ) alternating with open acacia woodland, rivers, and stands of palm treesIn the dry season (Aug-Oct), when many of the migratory wildlife species return to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River, the park boasts nearly as high a concentration of animal life as Ngorongoro Crater.

Large herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeests, eland and Oryx congregate here until the wet season allows them to migrate to fertile new grazing land. The river and its surrounding watering holes also attract numerous species of birds to the area. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including green wood hoopoes, green and yellow parrots, Fischer's and yellow-collared lovebirds, as well as doves, mouse birds, cuckoos, swifts, and swallows.

 
 
 
 
 
Lake Manyara National Park

This is one of the most diverse of Tanzania 's national parks, a tiny (325km²) combination of Rift Valley Lake , dense woodlands and steep mountainside. Manyara was established specifically to protect the elephant herds that have made the area world-renowned. But heavy poaching in the 1970's and 1980's decimated the herds, although they are now recovering and returning to their former strengths.

Manyara is a birding paradise (more than 380 species), especially for waterfowl and migrants, and the forests are one of the best places around to see leopards. Lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake, and also known for their habit of climbing trees, although this behavior seems to have been dropped in recent years. Best game viewing months are December to February and May to July, tapering off in August and September.

 
 
 
   
 
Ngorongoro Crater

Called the eighth wonder of the world and extend across some 8,300 sq km, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania boasts a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that is unsurpassed in Africa .

Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world's greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife. It borders the Serengeti National Park to the north and west. A few hours drive to the east takes you to the town of Arusha which nestles at the foot of Mount Meru, within view of Mount Kilimanjaro.

 
   
Serengeti National Park

The name 'Serengeti' comes from the Maasai language and appropriately means an 'endless plain'. The National Park, with an area of 14,763 square kilometres, is as big as Northern Ireland, but its ecosystem, which includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maswa Game Reserve and the Maasai Mara Game reserve (in Kenya);

It lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, and the Great Rift Valley to the east. As such, it offers the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on earth. The Serengeti's climate is usually warm and dry. The main rainy season is from March to May, with short rains falling from October to November.

   
 

 

   
 
   
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