Tanzaniaa��s Northern safari is one of Africaa��s greatest locations for viewing wildlife. Covering several thousands of miles, these plains are home to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, along with smaller but unique attractions like Lake Manyara and Tarangire Park. All year-round sizeable populations of lion, leopard, cheetah and other predators can be found. However the annual wildebeest migration from Serengeti to the Mara is marked as one of the worlda��s spectacular wildlife events.
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Serengeti National Park & The Great Migration
Considered the mother of all safari parks in Africa, the Serengeti is famed for its immense predator population and the annual Wildebeest migration; an event characterized by the movementA�of 2 million wildebeest along with hundred thousand zebras and gazelles hunting for grazing grounds. Each year from December to March the migration begins in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the southern Serengeti, with animals scattering across the plains feeding on fresh grasses, while giving birth to Wildebeest calves during February. By April through May, the herds move north west seeking water and grazing. Onward till July, Wildebeest herds can be split into two groups; one heading west corridor crossing Grumeti River while the other group advances to the north of the Serengeti passing through Seronera. From August through October, the northern group moves toward Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya but first must cross the Mara River. As it can be a difficult, some Wildebeest herds may attempt to cross the river one day while others may struggle and move back south a few days later. Many do not survive this journey and usually die from predation, hunger and exhaustion. Come November to December the herds return to the southern Serengeti and the cycle begins again.
Aside from the Great Migration, the Serengeti is Tanzaniaa��s oldest and most popular national park and undoubtedly reputed as Africaa��s finest game reserve. Spectacular views and great sightings of wildlife including but not limited to wildebeest, cheetah, giraffe, hyena, leopard, zebra all make the attraction hard to compete with. Accompanied by Acacia woodlands in the north with flat grassy plains in the south (great area for predators laying in wait for young wildebeest calves), no wonder it is marked as one of the top nature travel wonders of the world!
Over 2 million animals on the move during the Great Migration
Lake Manyara National Park
As part of the northern circuit, this is a Tanzanian national park located at the base of the 600m Rift Valley escarpment, a well-situated pit-stop en-route to Ngorongoro and Serengeti. It is a good place for bird watching and visitors can expect to see 100 different species of bird on any day. The park also serves as the home for tree-climbing lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, cheetahs, blue monkeys and many more. Also during the wet season flamingos can be found inhabiting along the edges of the lake.
While the park may not be as well-known as some of the others, it is still a destination not to be missed. Not only does the park offer a diversity of wildlife but also combines a variety of terrains. In the north one can find forests; down into the park there is the lake itself followed by marshland. Lake Manyara National Park is located 100km west of Arusha, approximately an hour and a half by car.
Lions at Lake Manyara are famousA�since they are known to sometimes climb trees!
Tarangire National Park
Covering 2,600 sq km, this park is located 120km southwest of Arusha which can be easily reached by car around two hours. Tarangire National Park is a little gem that offers enormous concentration of wildlife during peak season, as the Tarangire River (one of few permanent water remaining in the area) attracts large numbers of wildlife. While the park is more known for its elephant migration, the diverse population includes elephants, zebras, wildebeest, oryx, eland and even up to 500 bird varieties. At times overshadowed by Ngorongoro and Serengeti, this slightly off the beaten path attraction gives visitors the quietest game viewing environment compared to its crowded neighbors in the region.
The parka��s vegetation consists of a variety woodlands and grasslands, including a mixture of acacia tortilis and baobab trees. Another feature is the opportunity to walk inside the park, sometimes in the evening as offered by a few camps. This superb park has much to offer and is definitely recommended to all visitors.
Tarangire is known for its large elephant population
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
610 meters deep and its floor covering 260 sq km, Ngorongoro Crater is the worlda��s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera (usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption). Situated on the east of the Serengeti, the Crater offers resident game year-round with the highest density of mammals in Africa. Largely open grassland with dramatic views, the Crater floor is the best chosen location to spot Africaa��s Big Five. Tusker elephants, black rhinos, lions, leopards, hyenas all roam depths of the crater.
The wider conservation area offers stunning landscape views of Ngorongoro Highlands, providing access to trekking and walking trails. In the vicinity one will also find the Olduvai Gorge, a crucial prehistoric site contributing to the studies of early human evolution.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incredible place is a must for any Tanzania safari itinerary.
A panoramic view of Ngorongoro crater
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