Non-exhaustive list of parks and accommodations we recommend in Tanzania :
Nothern Tanzania Circuit
Arusha Town is the starting point for safaris organized throughout the northern tourism circuit of Tanzania. The parks and reserves are among the most beautiful and most varied, offering game drives for an abundant fauna with the Great Migration taking place each year from December to June. Kilimanjaro International Airport serves northern Tanzania and is located 45 Km from Arusha.
Tarangire National Park
Spread over 2,600 square kilometres, Tarangire National Park is home to the largest elephant population in northern Tanzania. Its plateau is covered with a forest of baobab trees. The reserve is located 2 hours drive' from Arusha (110 Km).
- Tarangire Mawe Ninga Camp, a charming permanent structure is set on a rock overlooking the northern part of the park.
- Tarangire River Camp, a charming bungalow camp is built amongst the Baobabs on the edge of the park.
- Camping outside the park at Paradise camp site under palm trees on the eastern shore of Lake Manyara, this out of the ordinary accommodation awaits you.
Lake Manyara National Park
Only 2 hours' drive from Arusha (120 Km), Lake Manyara National Park covers an area of 330 Km² and is located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment along Lake Manyara, an alkaline lake..
It is also a reserve with many elephants and a population of tree climbing lions which is an unusual behaviour in lions The birds inhabiting the shores of the lake are of an extraordinary variety. Each year hundreds of species of migratory birds nest in Manyara.
- Kirurumu Camp, a chic camp-lodge, is perched on the Great Rift Escarpment and overlooks Lake Manyara.
- E Unoto Retreat, a small lodge of bungalows bandas leans against the Rift Escarpment outside the park.
- Camping can be done near the park at Mto Wa Mbu, a lush village of tropical vegetation and large booming regional market.
Lake Natron is a continuation of the Great Rift Valley a duration 5 hours' drive from Lake Manyara in the direction of Kenya. Its high concentration of alkaline salts has led to the development of microscopic algae which forms essential nutrition for the survival of flamingos. Lake Natron has become the preferred habitat and breeding grounds for the Lesser Flamingos throughout East Africa.
Not far from the Lake rises Ol Donyo Legai Mountain (2878 m), the only active volcano in Tanzania and the sacred mountain of the Maasai tribesmen. Whitish effluents flow continuously over the flanks of the volcano and concentrate in soda in the streams that flow into Lake Natron. The base of the volcano is lined with deep calderas covered with a mixture of soda ash and lava giving the ground a lunar aspect.
A trek up to the top of the volcano can be arranged: : wake-up around midnight to go on a 4x4 vehicle up the slope of the volcano, start climbing in the dark and arrive at the mountain top’ crater at sunrise.
Volcano Lengai at Lake Natron
- Natron Camp, is a permanent camp offering simplicity in comfort.
- Camping at Kamakia in the company of the Maasai, not far from a spectacular waterfall that flows into a gorge of the Great Rift Valley.
Lake Eyasi is an alkaline lake, away from the tourist routes, 4 hours drive' from Arusha by road and secondary paths. This is an opportunity to rub shoulders with one of the last tribes of pygmy origin: Hadzabe hunter-gatherers inhabiting the forests bordering the lake that can be visited by a dugout canoe.
Eyasi Tindiga Camp
- Eyasi Tindiga Camp, this out of the ordinary accommodation is a permanent camp tucked away from mass tourism.
The Ngorongoro crater conservation area
The Ngorongoro Reserve (8288 km²) is located on the Great Rift Valley volcanic highlands (1220m to 3648 m above sea level), 3 hours' drive from Arusha (160 km). It is not a park in the strict sense of the term but a natural reserve where the presence of local communities, in this case the Maasai, is tolerated and cohabit peacefully with wild animals.
The Ngorongoro crater is a 600-meter-deep caldera with a diameter of 19 km, bordered by a primary forest, in which almost all African animal species are gathered ...without a doubt one of the last wonders of the planet...
On the high plateaus of Ngorongoro lies the Empakaai Crater in the north, which can be visited on foot. The edges of the crater are covered by a dense forest with plunging views of the Great Rift Valley and the Ol Donyo Lengai volcano (a sacred mountain to the Maasai). The crater is 300 m deep by 6 km diameter and over nearly half of its surface area is covered by a very deep lake of soda inhabited by flamingos.
Crater Forest Camp
- Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and its terraces dramatically overlook the crater of the northern rim.
- Lemala Ngorongoro Camp,a chic semi permanent camp on the northern rim of the crater.
- Crater Forest Camp, a charming structure on the edge of the Forest of the Ngorongoro Reserve.
- Lelama wild special camping on the crater's northern rim.
NEAR LAKE NDUTU / OL DUVAI (NORTHWEST PART OF NGORONGORO RESERVE)
Lake Ndutu Safari Lodge
- Lake Ndutu Safari Lodge near Lake Ndutu, a comfortable lodge on an excellent location.
- Olakira Ndutu Camp, a chic semi-permanent camp.
- Ndutu Special Wild camp.
- Ol Duvai Camp, a permanent charming camp built on a kopje (an eroded granite rock in the middle of the savannah).
THE SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
The Serengeti National Park (14,760 Km²) is located west of Arusha, more than 5 hours' drive (270 km), beyond the Ngorongoro Reserve, on a plateau rising from 914 to 1828 m altitude.
Each year, the vast plains of the park host the largest herbivore migration in the world.. The resting and breeding season of almost 2 million wildebeest, zebra and antelopes begins in December and ends in March just before the rainy season which will be the trigger for the new cycle of migration to Kenya and Masai Mara.
Imagine wildebeest-filled plains as far as the eye can see, perhaps with the calving down theatre or the numerous young ones accompanying the herds, and the predators stalking them stealthily and scavengers on the look-out.
Four main regions: the western corridor towards Lake Victoria and the river Grumeti, the Seronera valley in the centre, the Lobo mountains in the north not far from the border with Kenya and the south to Lake Ndutu whose grasslands is a catalyst of calving down season for the herds, attracts several hundred thousand wildebeest each year from December to March.
Des plaines remplies de gnous...
- Lobo Wildlife Lodge is in the heart of the Lobo Mountains in the north of the park tucked away from mass tourism.
- Olakira Mara Camp, extraordinary accommodation is at the extreme north of the park on the Mara River, a semi-permanent camp on the passage of the Great Migration in October / November.
- Grumeti Tented Camp, a permanent canvas camp in the heart of the western part of the park.
- Ikoma Safari Camp, a charming permanent camp ideally situated to follow the Great migration from the centre to the north west of the park.
- Serengeti Mbuzi Mawe Camp, permanent chic camp in the central area of the park tucked off from mass tourism.
- Ronjo Camp, semi central permanent camp.
- Mbalageti Lodge, a lodge built on the western corridor of the Great Migration.
- Kensington Serengeti Camp, an extraordinary permanent and chic camp on the western corridor of the park.
Dar Es Salam and its international airport serve the parks of southern Tanzania.
The Saadani Park
130 km north of Dar Es Salam along the coastline, Saadani Park is the only game reserve in East Africa that overlooks the Indian Ocean coastline. The reserve has a varied fauna occupying an entirely virgin territory with human presence and magnificent white sandy beaches lined with wild mangroves.
A timeless reserve and tucked away from mass tourism for lovers of privacy and isolation. Crocodiles and hippos inhabit the Wami River. Giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and many species of antelopes are the wild animals that are found in Saadani National Park spanning 1100 Km².
Crater Forest Camp
- Saadani Safari Lodge, magnificent banda camp directly set on the ocean.
UDZUNGWA NATIONAL MOUNTAINS PARK
Udzungwa Park is part of a mountainous archipelago forming the remains of an ancient primary forest that stretched along the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. The park is located 350 Km to the west of Dar es Salaam. Its surface area is of 1990 Km². The forest is the habitat of endemic species of primates, birds and insects.
Walking under the canopy of the primary forest of the Udzungwa Mountains is a unique and rewarding experience.
KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
The Park of Katavi (4471 km ²), in the extreme west, is even less visited and more virgin than Ruaha offering a nature that has remained almost intact since the period pioneers and explorers.
Access is mainly by plane considering the distances are too long from Dar Es Salam (1030 Km by road from Ruaha). Road access is easiest from the north west by Lake Tanganika (390 Km from Kigoma).
- Katuma and Katavi Fox Camp, two extraordinary and chic camps are open at the wild spaces of Katavi.
SELOUS NATIONAL RESERVE AND MIKUMI AND RUAHA NATIONAL PARKS
The Selous Game Reserve and the Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks are among the wildest and least accessible in Tanzania, with exceptionally rich tropical vegetation. All species of antelopes are present. Elephants are numerous as well as predators and the presence of the Rufiji River and the Ruaha River complete the picture with many crocodiles and hippos.
The Ruaha River drains into the Rufiji River which can be up to 1 km wide at its mouth. Rufiji emerges in the Indian Ocean in the form of a delta feeding numerous marshes, These are true paradises for birds and animals. Roads in the area remain impassable during the long rainy seasons from November to May.
Selous is 260 Km west of Dar Es Salam. Mikumi, with a surface area of 2330 km², is 280 km west of Dar Es Salam and Ruaha, 690 km west of Dar Es Salam, covers an area of 10300 km².
Lac Manze à Selous
- Selous Lake Manze Camp, a permanent canvas camp in the middle of the park faces Lake Manze and is surrounded by lush vegetation of palm trees, tamarinds trees ...
- Selous Wilderness Camp, is a permanent charming camp set in a magical environment on the banks of the Rufiji River.
- Mikumi Vuma Hills Tented Camp, charming camp.
- Ruaha Mdonya Old River Camp, charming camp.