The Tanzanian northern circuit tourist attractions are the hub of the country’s tourism industry. Here you will find majestic wild life attractions unmatched anywhere else on planet earth. From the amazing Ngorongoro crater to the Serengeti national park, from Arusha national park to the bigger Tarangire national park, they are filled with an incredible collection of wildlife. The northern circuit also includes the distinct lake Natron (Salt Lake) and lake Manyara national park.
Serengeti national park is among the largest and famous national parks in Africa. It is found in the northwest of Tanzania and offers the best wildlife spotting in the world. The park covers an area of approximately 15,000 square kilometres, and is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. In the Serengeti, large numbers of animal herds migrate from the north to the south of the park seeking for pasture.
The park is truly blessed when it comes to wildlife attractions because apart from having migrating wildebeests, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle the park is also the home for the big five. In a good day, you can spot the Cheetah also as they are attracted to the park due to the presence of their favourite food – gazelles.
Other large animals found in the Serengeti are Hyenas, Crocodiles, Giraffes, and the Buffalo. There are also numerous smaller game animals and over 500 species of birds.
Ngorongoro Crater, also known as the Ngorongoro conservation area, is another majestic and unique wildlife home in Tanzania. Located about 185 km west of Arusha town, it has more than 31,000 animals roaming freely in their zone.
Animals found here include Zebras, wildebeests, elands, the elusive black rhinos, lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, wild dogs, jackals, hyenas, and many more. Various large birds call the crater home including the flamingos, Ostriches, and vultures.
The presence of the animals is throughout the year as two water sources inside the crater ensure it is a preferred location for animals even in the dry season when water sources on the surrounding land area dry up. Water from rivers Munge and Lerai flow into the crater.
Tarangire national park is known as the home of the African elephant. It has more elephants per square kilometre density than anywhere else in the world. Tarangire is located about 120 km southwest of the town of Arusha in Northern Tanzania and it is about 160 km from Kilimanjaro International airport (KIA).
Along with the various heads of elephants, there are many other attractions to bring you and your loved ones to Tarangire. Almost all the large wildlife can be found here including lions, Buffaloes, Zebras, Giraffes, and wild beasts. Located in the Maasai steppe, the Tarangire River runs through the national park and acts as a magnet for wildlife in search of water. Between July and November, large animals that dispersed throughout the landscape return to the park as natural water holes outside the park dry up.
The park is also blessed with a thriving birdlife with over 550 species having been recorded in the park. The park has an Acacia savannah habitat which is among one of the richest in the world for breeding birds. There are several amazing locations within the park that provide spectacular viewing for bird watching.
Located in northern Tanzania, Lake Manyara national park is one of the few places where you can find tree climbing lions in the day time. This is a spectacular site in itself. Manyara’s closeness to both Ngorongoro and the Serengeti means that you can include it as part of your itinerary to visit either of the bigger two and make a stop at Manyara to take in the wildlife view there. The lake itself is shallow and alkaline.
The park is covered by dense forest and other vegetation and has over 450 bird species. A lot of monkeys call this park home as the dense forest provides the type of habitats they favour. Here you will find all sorts of animals including elephants, giraffes, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, and many more, on any given day.
This park has spectacular landscapes which are filled with animals. Located about 38 km from Arusha town, the park is famous for day trips due to its closeness to good hotels in the town and its smaller size that enables completion of tour within the day.
At Arusha national park, you will find the Leopard (on a good day), elephants, monkeys, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, bushbucks, and others. In the true tradition of the amazing northern circuit, here, you will also find various species of birds including unique species such as the trogon narita.