Parks & Reserves
TANZANIA’S NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES.
Planning your visit
With the range of destinations on offer, each with it’s own character, here is the quick overview that should help you decide.
In general, the Northern circuit and the coastline including the Zanzibar archipelago are more developed that the south and the west, so travel connections, local infrastructure and tourist oriented services are more adapted to a regular tourist activity. Places such as Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro (creter) Conservation Area, Lake Manyara,Tarangire, Arusha and Kilimanjaro national parks are all easily reachable and well equipped with facilities. They also have high animal and nature concentrations.
In the south Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve, as well as Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks have all seen a recent increase in tourist activity, mainly due to a developing infrastructure in these areas. There fewer visitors however than the North, so there is still an agreeable wilderness feeling about these parks and reserves. In planning an Itinerary , leave as much time as you can,because setting a relaxed pace is the best way to get the most out of the superb wildlife and impressive vistas offered by this region.
Over in the west, two word spring to mind when describing attractions such as Lake Tanganyika, the Mahale mountains, or the Gombe stream national park – chimpanzees and remoteness. No doubt about, this is the place to be if you want to see chimpanzees, but be prepared for other worldly, untouched nature of the west as you leave the main trading routes.
This remoteness is particularly enchanting in the mountain areas, with their lack of accessibility and their almost complete absence of modern human infrastructure.
National Parks and Game Reserves
National parks as the name suggests, are conservative areas designed to protect both the wild animals and ecosystem, and to give limited accessibility to tourists development. They are maneged by Tanzania National Park Authority.
Game Reserves, on other hand ,are maneged by the Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA), and are generally not developed for tourism, putting them nearer the extreme adventure category of Tanzania attractions, Large and extensive. There 17 Game Reserves in the country including the Selous, Moyowosi-Kigosi, Mkomanzi, Usangu,Lukwila-Lumesule,Msangesi and Ugalla.