Has the reputation as being the top safari destination 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, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and arguably the most spectacular array of wildlife on earth. The chance of seeing predator and prey interactions is at its zenith during the wildebeest calving season in the southern ranges of the migration. For those looking for a quieter experience, Tarangire and Lake Manyara offer exceptional camps and game viewing and can easily be added on to an itinerary that includes the Serengeti.
The more remote wild areas, Ruaha and Selous, have unfortunately been victimized by widespread poaching and over-hunting. Though there are still “healthy” populations of lion in these regions, they have seen a drastic decrease this century due to trophy hunting. Elephant poaching has also been epidemic and tragic with tens of thousands of elephants killed since the mid 2000’s. The argument by the trophy hunting industry is that hunting helps keep out poachers. We think the poaching crisis proved and continues to prove them wrong.
With some of the positive changes we are seeing in the leadership of the parks and wildlife departments, we hope to see more support for creating non-hunting concessions outside the parks and within game reserves like the Selous.
Click on the following link for detailed information on Tanzania’s world famous parks and preserves. Tanzania Tourism