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National Parks & Other sights

Serengeti National Park

SerengetiGreat Serengeti NP is one of the largest National Park of Tanzania with an area that comprises 15.000 km ². Worldwide it is known for the big migration of the wildebeest, the biggest migration in the world. Every year, millions of wildebeest travel in a circle through the Serengeti ecosystem (consisting of Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maasai Mara in Kenya and some private game reserves) to look for fertile grounds and water. In the beginning of the year, the wonderful Southern plains of Serengeti NP are full of wildebeest from where they migrate in Northern direction. The Northern part of the Serengeti NP consists of bushy savanna. However, it is not just the migration that makes the Serengeti attractive. In Serengeti NP, you will find almost all animals. You will mainly find lion, elephants, different kinds of gazelles, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, buffaloes, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos and many types of birds. You will highly likely encounter with a leopard and if you have enough time, you may even find a rhino in the Northern area of the park or around Moru. For more information about Serengeti NP, visit the website of the Tanzanian National Parks.

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Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro CraterThe unique Ngorongoro crater is part of a bigger area that is called Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The area contains a number of extinct volcanoes, craters and calderas (collapsed craters) of which the Ngorongoro Crater is  best known. The crater rim is 600 meter at its highest level and the crater floor is situated at an altitude of 2000 meter and has a diameter of 20 km. You can visit the crater floor with a car and there is a high concentration of wildlife among which are elephants including the large tuskers, buffaloes, zebra, lion, cheetahs, hyenas, wildebeest and big birds such as storks and bastards. In the crater you have a high chance of seeing rhinoceros. Also, this is the place where you have the highest chance of finding the caracal (African lynx). There is a soda lake, the Lake Magadi, and a fresh water source, Ngoitokitok and a forest, named Lerai forest. 

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Manyara National Park

Manyara NPThe extraordinary Lake Manyara NP is mostly known for its lake, that attracts many birds. However, the other parts of the park are also worthwhile. On top of the escarpment of the Rift Valley you will have a terrific view over the park. On the side of the escarpment, there is rain forest area with many monkeys and if you are lucky, you will find tree-climbing lion here. Between the forest and the lake, there is savanna with grazing zebra and wildebeest. The lake colors pink during rainy season because of the many flamingos. Other interesting places are the hippo-pool with a large number of birds and the hot springs. For more information about Manyara NP, visit the website of the Tanzanian National Parks.

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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire NPThe baobab-scattered Tarangire NP is close to Manyara NP and is mainly known for its large herds of elephants. They can often be found in the riverbeds of the Tarangire river in search of water. Another characteristic of the park is the enormous amount of large baobab trees. In dry season they look like upside-down trees with the roots pointing towards the sky, while in the wet season their appearance is completely different, with a large number of green leaves. Almost all wild animals can be found here. Even here there is a large chance of finding tree-climbing lion. For more information about Tarangire NP, visit the website of the Tanzanian National Parks.

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Arusha National Park

Arusha NPArusha NP is often rewarded badly because it is small and out of route. However, it is definitely worth to visit this park. Although it is small, there is a rain forest, a small savanna, lakes and all with Mount Meru in the background. There are leopards, but it is difficult to see them. Also, you will not see any other of the big cats. However, there are grazers and giraffes and you will see them closely. In the forest, you will find several kinds of monkeys like blue monkeys and the black-and-white colobus monkeys. If you are lucky, you may suddenly encounter with a herd of elephants. Another interesting sight are the Momella lakes with a rich bird life. For more information about Arusha NP, visit the website of the Tanzanian National Parks.

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Other interesting sights

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation AreaMany people know the Ngorongoro Crater with its high concentration of wildlife, but they don't know the other beauties of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The area consists of different mountains, craters and calderas. Olmoti Crater functions as the most important water catchment area. It works like a sponge and the water falls down at a weak place in the crater where it forms a beautiful waterfall of about 100 meter high. Another spectacular crater is Embakaai Crater. It is probably the most beautiful place in the are. The combination of an in fog-covered area with an emerald-blue lake gives a fairytale atmosphere. Other interesting places are the Lolmalasin Crater, Oldoinyo Lengai, the Gol Mountains, Ilkarian Gorge, Nasera Rock and Lake Ndutu. All can be visited by foot or car. Find more information on the website of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority.

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Lake Ndutu

Lake NdutuBreath-taking Lake Ndutu is situated on the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti NP. It is best to visit in February when the wildebeest migration is in this area. Hundreds of stampeding wildebeest, running through the shallow waters of the lake, is an image not to be missed. During this time there is a high chance of finding the big cats such as lion and cheetahs. In Lake Ndutu, you can see the animals close by, of course without disturbing them. There are a number of lodges and mobile camps where you can overnight. Ndutu can be easily combined with Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.  A balloon safari in the area is a must-do when your budget allows you to do so.  For more information, visit the website of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority.

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Lake NdutuEnduimet is a wildlife management area in between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. It reaches the boarder with Kenya at Amboseli National Park and therefore serves as a corridor for migrating elephants between Arusha National Park and Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Enduimet is pure, natural and has not been touched much by tourism. You may also find animals which are not much seen in other parks such as the greater and lesser kudu, gerenuk and oryx. Other animals are cheetah and grazers like wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, gazelles and impalas. With a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru, it makes the area unique for great views and wonderful photographing opportunities. As this is a wildlife management area, you will also find the Maasai here. During your drives, you will often see the big herds of cattle followed by a Maasai boy or man. As there are no lion or leopards, the area is very suitable biking safaris. You can overnight at basic campsites or at any of the beautiful lodges in the area that are mostly having a Maasai theme.

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Lake Natron

Lake NatronLake Natron is a shallow soda lake that is very attractive to flamingos. When they are there, the lake turns pink completely. It is close to Mount Oldoinyo Lengai and together they form the perfect pair in the scenery. That is why they are often visited together in one trip. As the concentration of salt is very high, during various times of the year, the lake may turn into a pinkish or even reddish lake.

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