Did you know that one quarter of Tanzania’s land mass has been set aside for conservation purposes? It is incredible to think that protected within the borders of this vast mosaic of protected areas are an estimated 20 percent of Africa’s large mammals. The most famous of Tanzania’s National Parks is the Serengeti National Park, closely followed by the remarkable Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, but these form just the tip of the iceberg of Tanzania’s wonderful National Parks. Further south, following the path less travelled, a wonderfully wild safari experience awaits you in Ruaha, while in neighbouring Selous you can indulge in boat-based wildlife viewing, a real treat! In the west, Gombe and Mahale are tops for Chimpanzee trekking in the rainforest, while adventurous climbers and trekkers gravitate to Mount Kilimanjaro to experience the roof of Africa.
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But Tanzania’s National Parks have even more to offer than outstanding wildlife viewing. Towering over the entire country are marvellous Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, Africa’s tallest and fifth tallest mountains, respectively. Together these two mountains, and their adjacent National Parks, attract scores of hikers, trekkers and serious mountaineers to come and seek their route to the roof of Africa.
From mountains to lakes … it seems there are just no limits to the natural wonders of Tanzania. Lakes Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa, the three largest fresh-water lakes on the African continent are also found here. Adjacent to Lake Tanganyika are the marvellous Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream National Parks where you can have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure trekking wild chimpanzees through the rainforest.
Off-shore the magic continues and no visit to Tanzania is complete without a side-trip to the mystical spice island of Zanzibar. Relaxing on one of the picture-perfect beaches is a wonderful way to relax after your Safari, and there are no less than 7 protected Marine Parks where you can explore the under-water wildlife on a snorkelling or diving excursion.
Confused? Want to see it all but don’t know where to start? Just browse through the individual listings to see what each of Tanzania’s wonderful National Parks have to offer and then send your short-list to one of our expects so that we can put together the ideal itinerary to include all your favourite Parks.