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Tanzania National Parks and Game reserves

There is almost no country better known for its national parks, and more overlooked, than Tanzania; home of the most famous national parks on earth. Nature reserves are so plentiful in the county that they cover over 15% of the country’s land area. That’s over 130,000sq km.The national parks in the north make up the Tanzanian Safari routes in the north, and the south of the country.

Tons of tourists come to Tanzania specifically for safaris in national parks. There are 22 national parks in Tanzania, and they are managed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). The national parks cover around 15% of the total land area of Tanzania. The Tanzania National Parks are renowned for their incredible scenic beauty and unparalleled game-viewing.

Tourism is on the rise in the wonderful country of Tanzania and no visit is complete without a Safari In Tanzania. Each of the National Parks in Tanzania offers its own special experiences. They include adventure activities and cultural experiences that will amaze even the most experienced travellers.

Top 6 National Parks

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is located in the Mara and Simiyu regions of Tanzania. It has an area of 14,763 square kilometers. Serengeti national park is prominently known world-wide.

Ngorongoro Crater Reserve

Ngorongoro conservation area | Ngorongoro Crater was initially part of the Serengeti National Park. Found in Arusha northern Tanzania and near the Kenyan border

Tarangire National Park

The Tarangire National Park is located in Tanzania in the Manyara region. The name Tarangire originated from the Tarangire river which transverses through the park.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is located in the regions of Arusha and Manyara in Tanzania. Lake Manyara National Park is located in the Great Rift Valley.

Kilimanjaro National park

Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania is covering an area of some 75,575 ha protects the largest free standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m, in the Arusha Region (Not far from Arusha) of north eastern Tanzania.

Tanzania Mini Travel Guide

Tanzania is a beautiful country and is well known for the vast plains of the Serengeti, the teeming wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater, and the towering Kilimanjaro. These are just the tip of the iceberg of Tanzania’s natural treasures.
About 14% of the entire land area of Tanzania is protected land, a larger percentage than any other country (TANAPA). What you choose to see is largely dependent on your budget and timetable, but there are a few special treats that every traveler should see.

Must Do in Tanzania

Go on safari

This is fairly self-explanatory. You are in Tanzania, the home of the Serengeti and “Big Five.” Go on safari. See unspoiled Africa in all its glory. Stare in breathless awe at lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebra, and antelopes in their natural habitats.

Climb a mountain

If you have time and money, climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Summiting the “roof of Africa,” at over 18,000 feet is an incredible experience, but it is quite expensive. Though not known for its mountains, Tanzania boasts a number of other mountain ranges, including the Usambara Mountains, Uluguru Mountains, and Udzungwa Mountains, all offering diverse rainforests, beautiful forests, and gorgeous waterfalls.

Scuba dive

Getting my Open Water and Advanced diving certifications was my birthday gift to myself my first year here in Tanzania, and again, it was a decision I will never regret. There are coral reefs along the entire Tanzanian coast, the more popular diving destinations being off of Pemba, Zanzibar, and Mafia islands. Pangani and Kilwa also have several dive companies offering access to lesser known reefs.

Cheap travel tips forTanzania

Though there are plenty of luxury resorts, private safari tours, and chartered flights to be had in Tanzania, it is easy to travel inexpensively, so long as you travel like a Tanzanian. In the city, take public transportation (the dala-dala / bus system) instead of taxis, and for cross-country travel, take the larger buses.
The driving is often sketchy, but it is by far the cheapest way to travel if you don’t mind sitting for ten or more hours at a time.
Eat local foods, such as rice and beans, pilau, mishkaki, samosas, etc. available along the streets and in small restaurants (often called “mamalishas,” literally meaning “mama feeds”), and stay in the number of backpacking hostels and local bed and breakfasts scattered across the country.
If hostels aren’t your style, Airbnb is cheaper and more authentic than a hotel. Here’s a three-bedroom house in Zanzibar City for $75 a night! If you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s a $40 credit towards your first booking.

When doing so, do be aware that food poisoning can be a risk (only eat food that you have seen being cooked thoroughly), and you should carry mosquito repellent (in case mosquito nets are not provided) and toilet paper (not all of the bus stops are well-equipped).

But be prepared to see and experience Tanzanian culture and hospitality at its best!