Tanzania National Parks

Northern Zone

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Tarangire, with many African Elephants per square kilometers than any other national park in the country, lies about 120Km southwest of Arusha City. The Park got its name from Tarangire River that flows through the centre of the Park and form the dry season refuge for wildlife especially elephants!

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ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

The Park is nested on the foothills of Mount Meru, the Africa’s most beautiful volcanoes and fifth highest peak. Only 45 minutes’ drive from Arusha City centre, one find this beautifully Park. Mount Meru make an ideal high-altitude acclimatization warm up before conquering the Kili. The Park offer way too much attractions compared to its area.

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MKOMAZI NATIONAL PARK

The National Park is situated close to the border of lake Victoria ,boarder of Rwanda and is surrounded by the wondrous waters of the kagera River and Lake Burigi. One of the special features about the wild life of this park is that one of the largest antelopes of the world the statuesque Cape eland is found here. Burigi – Chato National Park the typical grasslands of the African Savannah.

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LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Lake Manyara National Park was gazette as a National park in 1960 and was declared as Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1981. The park has an area of 648.7 km2 (402 sq miles) of which 262.7 km2 (163 sq miles) is covered by lake and 386 km2 (240 sq miles) is dry land. The park delivered its name from a plant called Euphorbia tirucalli, known as Emanyara in Maasai language. The Maasai people use this plant to protect their bomas (hedge)

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KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is located between latitude 2o50” and 3o10”E, about 330km South of the Equator, Northern Tanzania. Its size is 1688Km2 and comprises of two dormant [Kibo 5,895m a.m.s.l and Mawenzi 5,149m a.m.s.l] and one extinct [Shira 3,962m a.m.s.l] volcanoes respectively. It is the World’s highest free standing mountains that rise on the undulating surrounding plain that averages around 1000m above sea level. It was declared as a National Park in 1973, officially opened for tourism in 1977, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and Natural Wonder of Africa in 2013. The Park Headquarters is at Marangu, about 44 Km from Moshi town and 86km from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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Western Zone

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

The Serengeti National park is African Paradise and one of the seven natural wonders of The Africa and World. World heritage site, Man and Biosphere Reserve. Visiting the park will reward you and breathtaking for its unique biodiversity and physical features from plains to rolling hills, valleys and mountains. Serengeti offers several tourism products.

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SAA NANE ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

Saanane, the rocky Island in Lake Victoria was named after its former owner, the late Mzee Saanane Chawandi, a farmer and fisherman. The Island was established as the first zoo in Tanzania in 1964, objectively to promote interest in wildlife conservation education and provide recreation to Mwanza people. Between 1964 and 1968, the Island was used as a holding ground of an array of wild animals, many of which were introduced into Rubondo Island National Park in Lake Victoria west of Mwanza rock city.

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BURIGI-CHATO NATIONAL PARK

The National Park is situated close to the border of lake Victoria ,boarder of Rwanda and is surrounded by the wondrous waters of the kagera River and Lake Burigi. One of the special features about the wild life of this park is that one of the largest antelopes of the world the statuesque Cape eland is found here. Burigi – Chato National Park the typical grasslands of the African Savannah.

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RUBONDO ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

Rubondo Island was gazetted officially as National Park in 1977. It is an important breeding ground for both migratory bird and fish species especially Tilapia and Nile perch as for a long time it stood to be the only area in the waters of Lake Victoria which was well protected and preserved.

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GOMBE NATIONAL PARK

There are truly wild places in Tanzania, Gombe National Park is one of
them. The nature value of Gombe was noticed in 1943 when it was designated as a game reserve. Gombe gained its popularity after the pioneering research activities of Dr Jane Goodall in 1960 which is believed to be the longest running study of primates in the world. Conservation status was upgraded to that of a National Park in 1968 and opened for tourism in 1978 after chimpanzee habituated to human visitor.

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MAHALE NATIONAL PARK

The National Park is situated close to the border of lake Victoria ,boarder of Rwanda and is surrounded by the wondrous waters of the kagera River and Lake Burigi. One of the special features about the wild life of this park is that one of the largest antelopes of the world the statuesque Cape eland is found here. Burigi – Chato National Park the typical grasslands of the African Savannah.

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Eastern Zone

SAADANI NATIONAL PARK

Saadani National Park is a one of a kind paradise with unique ecosystem where beach life meets wilderness. This gives you not only the opportunity to plunge into the Indian Ocean straight after your safari, but also to be submerged in a unique display of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a naturally fascinating setting.

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MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

Mikumi National Park is lying just to the north of the famous Selous Game Reserve. Gazetted in 1964 covering an area of 1070 km2, it was later extended in 1975 to cover the current area of 3,230 sq km, the Park is the fifth largest National Park in Tanzania after the Ruaha (20,226km2), Serengeti (14763km2), Katavi (4471 km2) and Mkomazi (3245km2). It is in one ecosystem with Selous making the animals (Elephants, buffalos and Zebras) migrate to and from the northern part of the reserve into the park.

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UDZUNGWA NATIONAL PARK

The history of the park goes back to 1870, when Fredrick Elton, an Explorer visited the area. In 1960’s a large area was taken by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for Wheat and Sheep Schemes. Since neither wheat nor sheep thrived in the area, in 1972 the area was turned to a diary farm, which remains active to date.

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Southern Zone

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Ruaha National park which is the largest National Park in Tanzania covering an area of 20,226 sq.km is located in south-central Tanzania. Because of its size, Ruaha is in a unique position, to be able to continue uninterrupted as it has always been an untouched, pristine eco-system, which, in today’s worlds is not only something rare, but also special.

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KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

Katavi National Park, is found on the western part of Tanzania, it was formerly a game reserve; the park was established in 1974. It was originally 1,823km2 In 1997 it was extended to 4,471km2. The park is located 40km south of Mpanda town, being Tanzania’s third largest national park, after Ruaha and Serengeti.

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KITULO NATIONAL PARK

The history of the park goes back to 1870, when Fredrick Elton, an Explorer visited the area. In 1960’s a large area was taken by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for Wheat and Sheep Schemes. Since neither wheat nor sheep thrived in the area, in 1972 the area was turned to a diary farm, which remains active to date.

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