Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara & Tarangire
The wildlife enclaves of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks are strung like three jewels across northern Tanzania. The most famous destination of all is undoubtedly the Ngorongoro Crater - a natural amphitheatre created 2 million years ago when the cone of a volcano collapsed into itself. Stunning views are the hallmark of this wonder of the world and it is a microcosm of East African scenery and wildlife, home to over 25,000 animals. This is one of the best places in Africa to see black rhino in the wild, but it is also one of the busiest.
To the east Lake Manyara National Park is a small but unique park surrounding Lake Manyara at the foot of the Rift Valley escarpment. The park consists of a large alkaline lake, dense forests and open savannas and displays tremendous bio-diversity. Famous for its tree-climbing lions it is also home to leopards. Hippo can be seen either basking or submerged in the hippo pools near the forest.
With a game viewing area that is roughly ten times the size of Manyara, Tarangire National Park boasts the next greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania. The herds of elephant and buffalo often number in the hundreds. There is also a great variety of plains game including giraffe, eland, impala and zebra, all of whom are hunted by large prides of lion. Tarangire is also one of Tanzania's finest birding destinations.
Why we like it
- A rich wildlife experience
- Walk in the wilds of East Africa
- Tree climbing lions in Manyara
- Largest intact volcanic caldera
- Big cat country