Game Parks of Tanzania
Full Day Arusha National Park
Overview: Pick up from Arusha town and drive to Arusha National Park which has diverse terrain. There are several alkaline lakes and the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater. See elephant, buffalo, various primates, giraffe and leopard. Go hiking accompanied by an armed guard and climb up Mount Meru at 4556m for the best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Lunch is served at Momela Wildlife Lodge. Return to Arusha Town by 1700hrs.
Serengeti National Park
Overview: Tanzania's first and most famous park, the Serengeti, is renowned for its wealth of leopard and lion. The vast reaches of the park hide the endangered black rhino and provide a protected breeding ground for the vulnerable cheetah besides thousands of other diverse species.
Each year more than six million hooves pound the Serengeti's endless plains. Triggered by the seasonal rains, more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomsons Gazelle gather to undertake their long trek to new grazing lands. To search for the at-times elusive wildebeest migration, visit the Serengeti from December to July. To see predators, June to October are the best months. For the best chance of finding the migration, allow a minimum of three days, longer if possible.
Lake Manyara National Park
Overview: Tucked below the majesty of the Rift Valley wall, Lake Manyara National Park consists of a thin green band of forest, flanked by the sheer 600m high red and brown cliffs on one side and by the white-hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other. It supports a wealth of wildlife including the park's famous tree-climbing lions, hippos, buffalo and elephant. The park's dazzling variety of birds includes thousands of Red-Billed Quelea, pelicans, cormorants and thousands of pink flamingos. The dry season (July to October) is best for large mammals, while the wet season (November to June) is best for bird watching, waterfalls and canoeing.
Tarangire National Park
Overview: Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The Tarangire river that crosses through the park, is the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons when thousands of animals migrate here from Manyara National Park. The river becomes just a trickle of water choked with wildlife - thirsty antelope and elephant, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, and gazelle mingle with rare species such as eland and oryx around each shrinking lagoon. Tarangire in the dry season enjoys the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. The best time to visit Tarangire is the dry season, from June to October.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Overview: The great mountain of Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Rising in absolute isolation, at 5,895m Kilimanjaro is one of the highest walkable summits on the planet. Just three degrees south of the equator, Kilimanjaro's great peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi are nonetheless covered all year round with snow and ice. A journey up the slopes is a climatic world tour, from the tropics to the arctic. The grassy and cultivated lower slopes turn into lush rainforest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo and antelope. Higher still, heath and moorland, becomes a surreal alpine desert and, finally, there is ice, snow and the biggest view on the continent.
December to February is the warmest and clearest time to visit, with July to September being colder but also dry. It is wet in the rainforest from April to June and during November.