Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is located about 1 hour from Arusha. The park is with its 552 square kilometres one of the smaller parks, but there is a lot to see in the park. In Arusha National Park you can find Mt. Meru, a popular climbing destination in Tanzania, the Momella lakes and the Ngurdoto crater. The park is home to a large number of giraffes.
Tip: it is possible to do a walking safari in Arusha National Park, which gives you a closer look to the park’s wildlife.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is located about 4 hours from Arusha. The name of this national park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses the park. This river is also the primary source of fresh water for the animals during the annual dry season in Tanzania. During the dry season, many animals migrate to Tarangire, looking for water and green grass. But even during the rainy season, Tarangire is habitat for many animal species, which makes Tarangire a good travel destination throughout the whole year. Tarangire is probably the most famous for its impressive amount of elephants and Baobab trees. Tarangire is also home to over 550 bird species, which makes the park a popular attraction for birdwatchers.
Lake Manyara National Park is located about 4,5 hours from Arusha. Lake Manyara is with its 330 square kilometres a ‘small’ park where you can see a lot of different animals and beautiful nature. The breathtaking lake is surrounded by forests, acacia’s, hot springs and swamps. The park is famous for an incredible number of birds, its tree-climbing lions, its flamingos and a large amount of elephants. The ground water forests of Lake Manyara keep the area in a good shape throughout the whole year. Therefore, you can watch the wildlife and the nature of Lake Manyara during any month of the year.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after the Ngorogoro crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and the crater area has its own climate. The crater floor is mainly open grassland and a salt lake is located in the center of the crater. More than 25.000 big animals live inside the crater. The crater is home to approximately 60 permanent lions, which is one of the highest densities of lion prides on earth. The crater is also one of the most likely areas to see the black rhino. Apart from the animals that live in Ngorongoro crater, there are also a few Maasai villages located around the crater.
Serengeti National Park
The name ‘Serengeti’ derives from the Maasai word ‘Siringit’, which means ‘endless plains’. The diverse ecosystem of Serengeti mainly consists of grassland plains, woodlands and savanna. In Serengeti you can also find so-called ‘Kopjes’, ancient rocky outcrops, which are habitat for many animal species. It is the great migration where Serengeti is perhaps the most famous for. Over 1 million wildebeests and a large amount of zebra’s and gazelles cross through Serengeti twice per year, looking for water and green grass. Serengeti is also renowned for its large population of lions and leopards.