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Home to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, as well as the protected area of the Selous, Tanzania has the best known wildlife reserves in the world.
The 14,500 square kilometres of the Serengeti National Park is dotted with rock outcrops, scrub and acacia woodland. During the Migration from November to June, there are an estimated 1.5 million wildebeest, 350,000 Thomsons gazelle and 200,000 common zebra seeking fresh grazing. An awesome sight!
To the east lies one of the most spectacular wildlife haunts in Africa, the vast Ngorongoro Crater. 14.5 kilometres in diameter and 700 metres deep. Ngorongoro is the worlds second biggest caldera. Deep inside the crater you will find all of the Big Five as well as plains game, cheetah, hyaena and wild dog.
Southern Tanzania centres on Ruaha and Katavi National Parks and The Selous Game Reserve. The Selous is Africas largest reserve, a massive 55,000 square kilometres of trackless wilderness covered by brachystegia and miombo woodland, palm fringed swamps and sand rivers. Southern Tanzania is Africa at its most raw. The wildlife, unaccustomed to humans, remains skittish. Go quietly and you will be rewarded with sightings of wild dog, large prides of lion, elephant, brindled wildebeest, Liechtenstein's hartebeest, kudu, roan and sable antelope.
In western Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, lie two small isolated reserves, the Gombe and Mahale Mountains. Both are home to substantial chimpanzee populations. The montane forest, grassland and alpine bamboo accommodate red colobus monkeys, defassa waterbuck, buffalo and leopard.
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
Prime Time: December to March and July to October
(Very cold in the Ngorongoro Highlands June to August, windy and cool most other times of the year.)
Prime Time: July to October
Hottest time September and October.
(Bird watching excellent November February.)
including Selous, Katavi, Mahale, Ruaha
Prime Time: June to September
Hottest time September and October