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From the world-renowned Serengeti to the vast Selous Game Reserve Tanzania is home to an estimated 20 per cent of Africa's large mammal population. It is a staging ground for the annual migration of great hurds of wildebeest and accompanying grazers like zebra and gazelle.

Northern Tanzania always catches the headlines hosting the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro. Spectacular there are indeed but do not discount other less visited areas such as Selous, Ruaha and the chimpanzee's of Gombe made famouse by Jane Goodal.

The Tanzania Game Reserves

Lake Manyara

The Lake Manyara National Park is situated between the shore of Lake Manyara and the steep escarpment wall of the East African Rift Valley. Viewed from the top of the rift valley wall, you can easily see the variety of habitats in the park. Umbrella trees close to the shore of the lake provide a comfortable resting place for tree-climbing lion, acacia woodlands on the lower slopes of the escarpment afford shade and food for browsing elephant, and the grassy lake shore is home to large herds of buffalo, flamingo and hippo.

Season: All year.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is ranked amongst the seven natural wonders of the world and is home to a breathtaking variety of game and scenery. Most of the guest lodges are found around the rim of the crater, where altitude keeps temperatures cool, especially at night. Here the forest is rich and lush with hanging creepers, screeching monkeys and morning mists. The floor of the crater is a microcosm of the whole of East Africa, where plentiful food and water ensure a substantial animal population. The crater is home to a population of Black Rhino and is one of the few places in Tanzania where the prospects of spotting a rhino are very good. The crater also has one of the densest populations of large predators, such as lion and hyena.

Season: Game viewing is good all year, but rain in April and May can make parts of the crater inaccessible.

Selous

Embracing 54,000 square kilometres of south-western Tanzania, it is the largest protected wilderness reserve on the continent, three times larger than the Serengeti and twice the size of Belgium. Named after the legendary 19th century explorer and hunter Frederick Courtney Selous, the reserve was founded by the German colonial administration in 1905.The sheer diversity of the landscape - from hot volcanic springs, placid lagoons and the many channels from the Great Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers which bisect the reserve - makes the Selous a unique area in which to observe the full panoply of African wildlife. Most of Africa’s mammal species, from the largest to the smallest to the rarest, thrive here. In addition there are some 440 species of birds and more than 2,000 recorded varieties of plants (with many more still to be discovered.

Season: June to September: Dry and warm – animals are drawn to dwindling water supplies in the lakes around the river. With vegetation sparse, this is the perfect season for walking and for larger concentrations of game October –March: Hotter and greener. This is the season for bird and plant lovers and is the main reproductive time of year so a good time for seeing young. There’s a chance of rain in November and December, flowers are in abundance and the deciduous trees are starting new growth.

Serengeti

The Serengeti National Park is one of the last great wilderness areas left in Africa. Huge open spaces, rolling grasslands that blend with the horizon, columns of snorting wildebeest trudging along ancient migration routes, smooth round rock kopjes with ancient rock paintings. The Serengeti is home to the famous migration, where over a million wildebeest take part in an annual journey around the Serengeti and Kenya's Masai Mara in search of fresh pastures, accompanied by hunting predators.

Season: Wildlife is plentiful all year. The migration can be viewed in the Southern Serengeti from December to April, and from May to August in the North. Access can be limited during the wet months of April and May and long grass may make game viewing more difficult.

Tarangire

Famous for its huge baobab trees, Tarangire National Park is home to one of the largest concentrations of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. In the dry season, the permanent water in the Tarangire river attracts a wide variety of migratory animals including elephant, wildebeest, zebra, eland and oryx. There is also a good chance of seeing leopard, lion and, occasionally, the rare African hunting dog.

Season: Game viewing and access all year, but best during the dry season months of July to March.

Suggested itinerary

Classic 8 day Safari

  • Day 1 Tarangire

Depart Arusha early afternoon and drive to Tarangire National Park Game drive en route to Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge

  • Day 2 Serengeti

Morning game drive in Tarangire National Park Drive to the Ngorongoro Crater for lunch. Continue to the Serengeti in the afternoon with game viewing en route
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge

  • Day 3 Serengeti

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge

  • Day 4 Ngorongoro

Early morning game drive followed by picnic lunch at Naabi Hill, gateway to the Serengeti
After lunch, leave the Serengeti and travel to the to the Olduvai Gorge, an archaeological site where early human remains dating back over 2 million years, have been discovered Continue to the Ngorongoro Crater
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

  • Day 5 Ngorongoro

A 6 hour game drive on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunch
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge

  • Day 6 Lake Manyara

Depart Ngorongoro after breakfast and drive to Kirurumu Tented Camp, overlooking Lake Manyara. Lunch is followed by an afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
Dinner and overnight at the Camp

  • Day 7 Arusha

Optional morning nature in the vicinity of the camp
Return to Arusha, arriving around noon

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