Parks and Reserves
The most developed, but unspoilt, Tanzanian tourist route is the Northern circuit which encompasses many of the parks and reserves in Northern Tanzania. The circuit includes many famous national parks and landmarks:
- Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain.
Other famous parks include:
- Tarangire National Park
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Arusha National Park
In the south of Tanzania lie some of the most untouched game reserves in Africa:
- Selous Game Reserve
Remote and wild, the Selous is the largest game reserve in Africa. The Rufiji River flows through the reserve attracting great herds of Tanzania elephant and allowing the visitor to experience the reserve by boat. The reserve has the largest number of elephants out of all the reserved wildlife areas in the country. It also has a wide variety of other animals including lion, wild dog and crocodiles.
- Ruaha National Park
Due to its relative inaccessibility Ruaha is Africa as it once was yet with all the comforts that today’s traveller expects. The name derives from the great Ruaha River which flows along its entire border creating spectacular gorges. The Ruaha protects a wide variety of habitats including evergreen forest and swamp and contains the largest elephant population of Tanzania.
In Western Tanzania, on the banks of Lake Tanganyika, lie two parks that are famous for their wild chimpanzees and the research that goes on into animal behaviour.
- Mahale Mountains National Park
- Gombe Stream National Park
The Spice island of Zanzibar lies off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean (see map). It is famous for once being the commercial centre of East Africa and the last place to abolish the slave trade. Today it combines ancient Islamic ruins, noble Arabic houses with miles of white sandy palm fringed beaches and coves. The ocean offers warm clear blue waters, idyllic islands excellent reefs for snorkelling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing, water sports and of course delicious fresh fish. And if you thought that wasn’t enough, visiting the Spice plantations (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom and others) or haggling for carvings in the Central Market is great fun too.