N A T I O N A L P A R K S
DAR ES SALAAM
Can any one mental snapshot encapsulate the Tanzanian experience?
Thousands upon thousands of wildebeest that march in mindless unison on
the annual migration through the Serengeti, perhaps? Or a family of elephants
wading across the wide, muddy Ruï¬ ji/Tarangire River? What about a pride of
well-fed lions sunbathing on the grassy ï¬‚ oor of the majestic Ngorongoro Crater?
Certainly, it is such images that tend to spring to mind when one thinks of Tanzania.
And properly so!
Tanzania National Parks
T anzania, truly, is a safari destination without peer. The statistics speak
for themselves: an unparalleled one-quarter of its surface area has
been set aside for conservation purposes, with the world-renowned
Serengeti National Park and incomprehensibly vast Selous Game
Reserve heading a rich mosaic of protected areas that collectively harbour an
estimated 20 percent of Africaâ€™s large mammal population.
And yet there is more to Tanzania than just safaris. There is Mount Kilimanjaro
and Meru, respectively the highest and ï¬ fth-highest peaks on the continent. And
Lakes Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa, the three largest freshwater bodies in Africa.
Then, of course, there is the magical â€˜spice islandâ€™ of Zanzibar, the highlight of a
vast Indian Ocean coastline studded with postcard-perfect beaches, stunning
offshore diving sites, and mysterious mediaeval ruins.
It doesnâ€™t stop there. Rising from the sandy shores of Lake Tanganyika, the forested
Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National Parks vie with each other as
the best place in the world to track wild chimpanzees. Closer to the coast,
the isolated massifs of the underpublicised Eastern Arc Mountains hav