Tanzania is considered to be one of the top safari destinations in Africa with almost a quarter of the country set aside for conservation. It is home to Serengeti National Park, the great wildebeest migration (well over 1 million animals), Ngorongoro Crater, and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The wildebeest migration is one of the world’s last great spectacles of nature that is constantly on the move, traversing in a clockwise pattern. This pattern of movement allows for incredible wildlife viewing any time of the year. For those looking for a quieter experience, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks offer exceptional camps and game viewing (with great opportunities for walking safaris and night game drives) and can easily be added on to an itinerary to include the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. This is often referred to as the Northern Circuit.
The more remote areas of southern Tanzania contain Katavi NP, Ruaha NP and the Selous Reserve. These areas are beautiful and offer an even more exclusive and intimate experience with nature. We are happy to offer Asilia camps to our clients in this region. It has been difficult finding a safari operator who satisfies our criteria of supporting a Trophy Free Africa, but Asilia stands out over the other operators in this region.
Widespread poaching over the last three decades has wiped out almost the entire 100,000+ herd of elephant within the Selous Reserve. Trophy hunting in the southern and western regions of the country is directly responsible for the huge decrease in the lion population since the 1990’s. Though the Tanzania government, pro-hunting groups, and photo safari operators will tout the “large” population of lions found in these areas, the fact remains the future of lions is being put in a more precarious position by trophy hunting since lions are already threatened with habitat loss, disease, poaching, and retaliatory killing.
BUT there is some encouraging news. Though the Tanzania government has begun to damn a portion of the Selous River, the good news is the vast majority of the Selous Reserve will remain intact and is slated to become a national park. This will mean wildlife will be enjoyed through the lens of a camera or a pair of binoculars and not through the scope of a hunting rifle. Around Africa where hunting concessions have properly been converted to non-hunting areas, the recovery of wildlife populations has been remarkable.
Click on the following link for detailed information on Tanzania’s world famous parks and preserves. Tanzania National Parks