Category Archives for Tanzania National Parks

Ngorongoro Crater National Park

Ngorongoro Crater is a huge volcano that exploded and collapsed in on itself 3 million years ago leaving merely a rim of 12 miles in diameter. This ‘caldera’ is one of the great wonders of the world due to it’s unique environment which supports an abundance of African wildlife including the big five; lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros.

Ngorongoro Crater is extremely popular with tour parties usually turns out to be is one of the highlights to many safari-goers. It’s sides are 2,000 ft deep, and its floor is fed by fresh waters all year round from the north. It is highly rich and concentrated in wildlife. Approximately 20,000 large mammals live there and if you are in the right place at the right time you will come across black rhinos, cheetahs, hyaenas, jackals, servals and even the bat-eared fox.

You will never have to wait long to come across a member of the big 5:

 

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is the home of the Great Migration where 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra make their way around this vast expanse of savanna following the new lush growths of grassland which follow the cyclic rains. ‘Serengeti’ means ‘endless plains’ in the language of the  Maasai warrior tribe which also makes it’s home in the Serengeti and famous for their high jumping dance.

At the Mara River which dissects the region in two from east to the west where is discharges into Lake Victoria, the Great Migration must dice with death as it negotiates the crocodile infested waters, many with their young in tow.