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The Northern Safari Circuit region is Tanzania's top tourist area, and for good reason. This scattering of reserves close to the Kenyan border plays host to the annual migration and incorporates Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro and all of the top game parks of Tanzania. Fly into Arusha, Kogatende or Kilimanjaro Airport and head straight for the bush, in what is essentially the international epicentre for the traditional big five, game viewing safari experience.
Area: 552 sq km (212 sq miles)
The best time to visi Arusha National Park is during the dry season from July to November, or after the short rains from December to March. The best months to climb Mt Meru are June through to February, with the best views of Mt Kilimanjaro seen from December to February. The park lies just 25 km east of Arusha and is a rewarding day trip from Arusha or Moshi.
Area: 1668 sq km (641 sq miles)
The great mountain of Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Rising in absolute isolation at 5,895m (19,336ft) Kilimanjaro is one of the highest walk able summits on the planet and a beacon for visitors from around the world. Just three degrees south of the equator, Kilimanjaro’s great peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi are nonetheless covered all year round with snow and ice.
Arusha and Manyara Regions
Area: 330 sq km (127 sq miles)
Tucked below the majesty of the rift valley wall, Lake Manyara National Park consists of thin green band of forest, flanked by the sheer 600m high red and brown cliffs of the escarpment on one side and by the white-hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other. This wedge of surprisingly varied vegetation supports a wealth of wildlife, nourished by the streams flowing out of the escarpment base and waterfalls spilling over the cliffs.
Kilimanjaro and Tanga Regions
Area: 3,700 sq km (1,430 sq miles)
Set below the verdant slopes of the of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain ranges and overseen by the iconic snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi is a virgin breathtaking beauty exhibiting unique natural treasure and an immense sense of space. All this adds to the fulfilment of enjoyment visitors can expect. Mkomazi National Park provides a much needed and beautiful bridge between the northern parks and coastal attractions.
Area: 8,292 sq km (3,200 sq miles)
It boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa and is situated 180 km west of Arusha. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife of up to 25,000 – predominantly grazing animals. The conservation area is administrated by the NCA Authorty, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of Ngorongoro District.
Mara and Simiyu regions
Area: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles)
Triggered by the seasonal rains, more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,00 Thomson’s gazelle gather to undertake their long trek to new grazing lands.The wildebeest rutting season is a frenzied three week long bout of territorial conquests and mating, followed by survival of the fittest as the 40km long columns plunge through crocodile infested waters on the annual exodus north.
Area: 2,850 sq km (1,096 sq miles)
During Tarangire’s dry season, day after day of cloudless skies seem to suck all moisture from the landscape, turning the waving grasses to a platinum blonde, brittle as straw. The Tarangire River is a mere shadow of itself, just a trickle of water choked with wildlife, thirsty antelope and elephant have wandered hundreds of parched kilometres to Tarangire’s permanent water source.