Tanzania is a case of success regarding Nature conservation and endangerous species protection. The country soon understood that they have been presented with some of the greatest natural wonders to be found on Earth. And quickly they learned how to conserve them and take good care of them.

In fact, many conservation works have been done here, specially those related with fighting Elephant Hunting and saving one of the most endangerous species in the world, the Black Rhino. Jane Goodall also become famous for her pioneer work with the Chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park.

Blessed by nature with 14 national parks (there are even more, but these ones are the most famous) one can found everything in Tanzania. Tanzania is what comes to your mind when you think of Africa. There are parks that are as large as many european countries like the Serengeti National park and Selous Game Reserve. There are parks, like Katavi National Park or Ruaha National Park that are so untouched by humans they reassemble the descriptions of Africa by white hunters and missionaires who came here centuries ago. Parks where you can have a million of acres just for yourself and see more lions than people. There are parks like Gombe Stream National Park or Mahale Mountains National Park where you will be able to see large groups of Chimpanzees and Gorillas. There are parks like Saadani National park where you can join pristine beaches and the wild bush. Other parks, such as Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its Ngorongoro Crater have a beauty that is so stunning, so breathtaking that it is impossible to put into words. And what about Kilimanjaro National Park? Where you can see giraffes with the world's tallest free standing mountain, the roof of Africa, in the background? Well, there are really parks for every taste and interest and we haven't even spoke about Zanzibar, with world class beaches of white sand and turquoise warm water. Tanzania is definitely one of the top destinations of the world.

In the following map, you can see the 14 national parks. To learn more about each one and see what we recommend, move your mouse over the map and click in one park.

Lake Manyara National Park

Description

Two thirds of Lake Manyara is water, the other is land. This park has become famous for the the climbing lions and the flamingos in the lake shore. The landscapes of these park are absolutely stunning, very different from the Serengeti for example. The game drives are done along the shore of the lake, providing incredible views of giraffes and buffalos in the foreground with the lake, flamingos and flat plains in the horizon. Great photo opportunities!


Wildlife

Large predators include the lion, the leopard and the hyena. Other mammals include elephants, hippos, waterbucks, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffalos, warthogs, dik dik, baboons, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and various antelopes.
The park is very rich in birdlife too with up to 400 different species. It's common to say that this park is the only one where you are guaranteed to see at least 100 different bird species in a single day. Some birds include the silvery-cheeked hornbills, bee-eaters, barbet, flamingos, kingfishers, rollers, owls and white-backed pelicans.


When to go

Great throughout the whole year. From the end of march to the end of May, it's rainy season though.


What to do

4x4 game drives and Snake Park.


What we suggest

We believe Lake Manyara is a must-visit park. It's absolutely stunning. If you have between 5 to 7 days to do a safari in the Northern circuit, visit Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire. If there is only time for 3 parks, choose between Tarangire and Manyara, both are incredible.