Located close to the towns of Arusha and Moshi, Arusha National Park offers visitors a pleasant and relaxing begin to their Safari, enabling them to see a wide range of wildlife within a short time. Birdwatchers, in particular, will love Arusha National Park, as it’s the home of over 400 different bird species.
Tarangire National Park is located in Manyara Region, around 120 km southwest of Arusha. It’s the sixth largest park in Tanzania, with one of the highest populations of elephants in the country – if not the world. The wooded savanna is covered with Baobab Trees, better known by many as the upside-down-tree, some of which are hundreds of years old. Tarangire River is one of the true highlights, and no visit is complete without seeing one of the park’s most unusual phenomena, its dry swamps. The wildlife of Tarangire differs depending on the season. In addition to the numerous elephants, zebras and wildebeests, Tarangire is also home to large numbers of impalas, elands, buffalos and giraffes. And last but not least, the Ajubatus family is well represented in Tarangire, with leopards, lions and cheetahsmaking the park their home, especially in the southern open areas.
While Lake Manyara National Park is above all famous for its tree climbing lions, it’s is well worth a visit for many other reasons. It has a large population of hippopotamus and almost 400 bird species, including a thousand lesser flamingos and other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. The name of the park is derived from the Euphorbia Tirucalli, a plant known as Emanyara in Maasai language, which the Maasai use to protect their 'bomas' huts. Lake Manyara National Park, which is situated on the edge of the Rift Valley, is located along the high way to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. A visit to the park can be easily combined with the Iraqw cultural tour to Getamock and Endamariek.
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the main features of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a protected and World Heritage Site in Northern Tanzania. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a truly unique area in the whole of Africa, where conservation of natural resources is integrated with human development. The Crater is one of the most famous natural and wildlife wonders of the country. At over 20km across, 600 meters deep, and covering almost 260 square kilometers, it’s the largest unflooded ‘caldera’ (a large volcanic crater) in the world. The Crater was formed when a giant volcano – which was probably between 4,500 and 5,800 meters high – exploded and collapsed some three million years ago. In addition to this main crater, the Ngorongoro area has two other volcanic craters, Olmoti and Empakaai. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to wildebeests, zebras, eland, Grant and Thomson gazelles, lions, leopards, elephants, mountain reedbucks, buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and black rhinoceros, as well asa large number of bird species. Both the Olmoti and Empakaai Crater are well worth a visit, especially for hikers who love a stiff deep walk in the mountains. The view from the rim of Empakaai over the sparkling soda lake, with its population of flamingos, is breath-taking. Hiking to the crater floor is possible, and promises a steep but marvelous walk of approximately 45 minutes each way – but easily longer if you want to enjoy the beautiful environment.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly one of the best-known wildlife reserves in the world. Its ecosystem is a world-renowned natural landscape, famous for its endless plains filled with elephants, giraffes and rhinos. Serengeti National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the home of many big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. The Serengeti ecosystem gained fame in the 1950s, when German father and son Bernhard and Michael Grzimek produced the award-winning documentary “Serengeti shall not die”, one of the most important early conservationefforts. An important feature of Serengeti National Park are the rocky outcrops, known locally as ‘Kopjes’. These rounded ancient granite rocks provide shelter and capture water for a wealth of wildlife and plants. The park is nonetheless probably most famous for the annual Great Migration of over a million wildebeests, approximately 200,000 zebras and 500,000 Thomson gazelles. These migrate from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains in October and November. Here, in the early months of a new year, they give birth to their young, who after only a couple of weeks are able tomigrate with their mothers to the western part of Serengeti, and then up north after the long rains in April-June. The Great Migration is never exactly the same, and the precise timing and direction can differ from year to year depending on the local weather conditions and the growth of the grasses. Ask the expert Ajubatus team for advice on the best time to visit different parts of Serengeti to have the best chance to witness this spectacular natural phenomenon.
Mkomazi National Park is maybe not one of the most well-known wildlife reserves, it’s for sure one of the most precious areas of Tanzania, with a diversity of fauna and flora and the only area in Tanzania with a large and visible population of Gerenuk.The park – which is the home of particularly black rhinos and African wild dogs – is adjacent to Pare and Usambara mountains and Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Together, Tsavo and Mkomazi, form one of the largest and most important protected ecosystems on earth. Mkomazi National Park, formerly a Game Reserve since 1951, upgraded to a National Park in 2008, is located in the north-eastern part of Tanzania, approximately 150km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The park is covering around 3,200 square kilometers.The park offers not only fantastic opportunities for game drives, but also has two walking/hiking trails. Dindira trail is 4km long and takes about 3 hours. Mbula hill trail is 5km long and takes about 4hrs to ascend and descend. Mkomazi National Park is not crowded with safari vehicles and as a result wildlife is acting very natural. Always wanted to see extensive herds of elephants in their natural habitat? Mkomazi National Park is the place to visit. And with a bit of luck, you might even spot the African Wild Dog. Mkomazi is the home of the rhino sanctuary, that is managed by Tony and Lucy Fitzjohn. Currently, the rhinos cannot be visited. But hope is, that within a couple of years the rhinos from the sanctuary will be set free in a fenced area within the park. By then, Mkomazi is the park that offers the best chance to spot rhinos.
Lake Eyasi, a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake, is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of Serengeti National Park and southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater. Lake Eyasi supports large seasonal concentrations of water birds, including hundreds of thousands of flamingos at some times of the year. Though Lake Eyasi is maybe not so interesting for wildlife lovers, it offers great opportunities for cultural visits with the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes. A 60km long road, which starts approximately 10km west of Karatu, brings you to the home of the Hadzabe tribe, the last hunter-gatherers community in Tanzania. For the Hadzabe bushmen, Lake Eyasi is home for more than 10,000 years. It’s estimated, that just over 1,000 Hadzabe retain their traditional hunter gatherer lifestyle. They live in the dry woodland areas around Lake Eyasi. They depend on the bush for subsistence and they have no interest in changing to more modern ways of life. Searching for wild animals and food plants, the Hadzabe move constantly from place to place. Their food consists of the meat of the animals they hunt – from little squirrels or birds, to baboons or even buffalos – wild berries, roots, baobab fruits and the sweetest honey one has ever tasted, and which is often hidden in tree trunks. The Hadzabe are known for living for the present, with the men hunting with bow and arrow at dawn and dusk. They belong to the Khoisan people, who speak in clicks. Many of them still dress in the traditional attire of animal skins, which are often decorated with shells and beads. We will be happy to arrange a visit to a Hadzabe encampment. They will warmly welcome you and going on an actual hunt is an exciting experience. Visiting the Hadzabe neighbors, the Datoga tribe, will complete your cultural interaction at Lake Eyasi. The Datoga are skilled farmers and craftsman. As very skilled silversmiths, living near the Hadzabe, they supply them with the iron tips, knives and spears they need for their hunt in exchange for honey and fruits. You will visit their habitat and experience the Datoga culture first hand, another memory for a lifetime!
Remote but magnificent. Two words which best describe beautiful Lake Natron, a salt and soda lake in northern Tanzania, on the border with Kenya. High levels of evaporation have left behind natron (sodium carbonate decahydrate) and trona (sodium sesquicarbonate dihydrate). A spectacular though bumpy gravel road from Mtu wa Mbu along the Rift Valley Escarpment, with Ol Doinyo Lengai “The Mountain of God” of the Maasai in the distance, will bring you to one of the most serene lakes in Africa. In the distance you might see a pink glow from flamingos breeding and feeding on the algae of Lake Natron (seasonal and depending on water level). Lake Natron has a length of 57km and a width of 22km and contains salt, soda, and magnesite deposits. The lake is known for its extensive flamingo population. Their nests are built on small islands that form in the lake during the dry season between August and October. The area offers different attractions, such as a number of volcanic implosion craters, numerous waterfalls and ravines. A Maasai guided walk along the shore of the lake is a highlight of your visit to this lunar scenery. A more than worthwhile challenge is the guided walk to one of the beautiful waterfalls near the lake. Other animals which inhabit this area are zebras, ostriches, gazelles, lesser kudus and wildebeests. There are a number of camp grounds and lodges near the lake, which are also the base for climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai, the almost 3,000 meters high active volcano. Walks around the lake and to the streams and waterfalls along the nearby escarpment make for a fantastic adventure off the beaten track.