Of the southern and eastern parks, the eastern parks are the most easy parks to reach, espaecially when you combine them with a stay at the coast or on Zanzibar or Pemba.
The eastern parks are:
East of Kilimanjaro Mountain, the Tanzanian part of Tsavo Park became the Mkomazi National Park. A special sanctuari gives home to some black rhinos and in the park you can find the very rare African Wild Dog again. The semi-dry climate of the Sahel Arc in the savanne-area takes care of some species not found in the rest of East Africa, like the generuk, fringe-eared oryx and the lesser spiral-horned kudu. Together with over 400 species of birds including some very rare ones, this is an interesting park. The views are overwhelming, the mountains rough and beautiful.
This is a special park because of its position at the shore. The Zaraninge rainforest is part of it with its many plant-species, leopards and elephants. And the also present impressive mangrove forests herds hippo’s, kingfishers, eagles etc. A pleasant way to explore this park is by boat over the Wami river combined with walking. In the neighbourhood there are interesting fishermen’s- and coconut- villages. The most easy way to get here is by air from Zanzibar.
southern and western parks
The southern and western parks are quiet, because they are less easy to reach. So when you have enough time, they’re worth to spend some of it there!
A Park comparable to the Serengeti, which is a part of the big Selous Game Reserve.
Udzungwa Mountains NP
This park is called the African Galapagos, together with de 11 other mountains of the Eastern Arc Mountains Massive. Very popular amongst hikers, for here you walk underneath 30 meters high fairytrees, coverder with the long beards composed by symbiotic living fungi and mosses. The Sanje Waterfall of 170 meters is a nice reward for your walking.
In this park one can clearly see the structure of the Great Rift Valley. Many big rivers and wells characterise the park. Therefore it is home for many animals during the dry season.
Bird- and plant-lovers attention, this is your park! During flowering time from December until April it’s worth the long, rough travel.
This is where you can really find pure wilderness and lots of animals. You can reach it by air or in the dry period by tough roads.
Mahale Mountains NP
Situated along the long Lake Tanganyika, it takes 2-3 day’s driving or 3 hours flying from Arusha to reach. 900 chimpanzees live here, which can be visited under strict conditions.
Gombe Stream NP
The park made famous by Jane Goodall, with her life-time study of the chimpanzees.
Rubondo Island NP
An Island in Lake Victoria, very important in the struggle of this Lake which needs protection very badly! Many different landscapes, from dark forest to bright beaches.