6. SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
The park of Tanzania cannot be missed on this list. Not really off the beaten track but the Great Migration is a bucket list if you want to get to know Africa a little bit: Think of 5 million animals of which half suddenly start walking, this fabulous, cruel and overwhelming spectacle is insane!
The park is divided into several areas, but endless grassy plains is how you can best describe the Serengeti. And that’s how it got its name: endless plains in Maa, the language of the Masaai. On the hills in the north you have picturesque Acacai trees and in the west lies the Grumeti River. Welcome home to the warthogs and wildebeests!
5. TARANGINE NATIONAL PARK
Elephants? Thousands of large grazers? Here it is. The lifeline of northern Tanzania, the Tarangire River runs through the middle of the park, for many animals the place to be. In addition, the plains are full of baobab trees – the tree with the magical sunset that you think of when you say Africa – a once in a lifetime must see because now in real life….
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Ready for adventure? Then this is your park!
1. Climb the crater wall of the ancient volcano to look deep into the crater and feel super small and void.
2. Then head back towards the valley to find grass, swamps, forests and lakes.
3. Spot the rare black rhino, of which there are currently about 20 in the park and -of course- the entire Big Five. Of all the African parks live here the most predators, don’t be a prey, but be a predator neither.
Compared to other parks, this is a small one. Because of the large lake, the park is perfect for seeing hippos and flamingos. Besides the flamingo you have a few hundred bird species flying around here so for bird nerds this is the place to go on safari. And those little birds, in turn, love to sit on the backs of the elephants. The elephants like this kind of accupuncture treatment and willingly let half the bird guide tripping over them.
Next to the lake are rocky shores with the special cliff jumpers, open plains where the wildebeest run across and dense areas where lions climb in and out of the trees.
2. SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Welcome to the largest safari park in Tanzania! With 750,000 large mammals, the park has an extraordinary, large and diverse population of animals. From elephants to leopards and from crocodiles to wild dogs. Rare and dangerous those dogs.
Tanzania’s largest park is difficult to reach due to its location and during the rainy season (March to May) there is even so much rainfall that almost all roads become impassable and therefore quite off the beaten track. Therefore the best way to reach the park is by air; hello panoramic views from the cockpit! This is very ‘out of Africa-ish’. You can also explore Selous by boat. Sail, row or paddle around on the Rufiji and be careful not to get stuck in the swamp, where you will encounter quite a few crocodiles by the way.
Or… Selous is the only reserve in Tanzania where you can go on safari on foot, a bit different from the overlander.
1. MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
So off the beaten track that driving is no longer an option. This final destination is only accessible by plane and boat across Lake Tanganyika, but wow what a place this is. Sea green water where you sail over surrounded by white sandy beaches. A reef with the highest peak at 2462 meters and breathtaking pieces of rainforest where very large chimpanzees live in the wild.
Lake Tangayika is the largest freshwater lake in the world and there are many fishing villages and small bays around this lake. Imagine yourself in the wonderful world of the great apes!