Part 4 – Safari Options: Central and Southern Circuit
In the earlier blog, we talked about safari option in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania.
Do you know that there is a National Park in Tanzania that has an area fenced off for Rhino Conservation?
The Mkomazi National Park set below the verdant slopes of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges and overseen by iconic snow–capped peak of Kilimanjaro, it’s a virgin breathtaking beauty exhibiting unique natural treasures and immense sense of space and adds to the fulfillment of high visitor enjoyment expectations – a much needed bridge between northern circuit and coastal attractions.
Mkomazi is vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic black rhino and sociable African wild dog, both of which were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s.Nomadic by nature, wild dog might be seen almost anywhere in the park, but black rhino are restricted to a fenced sanctuary, ensuring their safe keeping for future generations enjoyment and prosperity.
Read about the preservation efforts:
Heading southwards you can view animals basking along the shores of the Indian Ocean – Saadani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering an ocean. The open grasslands offer good game viewing. Wildebeest, antelope, duiker, reedbuck, waterbuck, zebra and giraffe amble the savannah plains whilst herds of buffalo and elephant laze in the shade of the surrounding trees. Lions, leopards, mongoose and other predators also relax in cool spots awaiting the sun to set before embarking on their nocturnal hunting. On the open sea many species of fish, dolphins and humpback whales are all regular residents.
Mikumi National park is a stone throw away from the capital city of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam. The park abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve – the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa. It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square kilometer (47,000 square mile) tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean.
The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.
Adjoining is the great Selous Game Reserve. It covers 50,000 square kilometres, is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The property harbors one of the most significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other species. The reserve also has an exceptionally high variety of habitats including Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps, making it a valuable laboratory for on-going ecological and biological processes.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park is a small almost unknown national park. Not a conventional game viewing destination, Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers. An excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day ramble to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 metres (550 feet) through a misty spray into the forested valley below.
The more challenging two-night Mwanihana Trail leads to the high plateau, with its panoramic views over surrounding sugar plantations, before ascending to Mwanihana peak, the second-highest point in the range.
Ornithologists are attracted to Udzungwa for an avian wealth embracing more than 400 species, from the lovely and readily-located green-headed oriole to more than a dozen secretive Eastern Arc endemics.
Part 5 – Safari Options : Western Circuit and the Chimpanzee Safaris… read the next blog