Mkomazi-Umbwa Game Reserve Size: 2,600 km²
Location: North-east of Tanzania, about 150 km from Moshi.
The Mkomazi-Umbwa Game Reserve serves as a buffer to the adjacent Tsavo National Park in Kenya. The Pare and the Usambara Mountains form the boundary in the south. The two mountain ranges in the background scenery, alternating from sparse tree savannas to grassland, are the reason for a such an imposing and breathtaking landscape; and due to protection measures put in place, the number of animals has increased sunstantially. Although there are not as many animals as in some of the more well-known national parks, the wonderful landscape more than compensates for this.
Besides a multitude of other game, it has the largest population of Gerenuk antelope in Tanzania. Bird enthusiasts can observe approximately 400 different species of bird life. Mkomazi-Umbwa is also famous for it's breeding projects of African wild dogs, as well as the rare black rhino.
Saadani National Park Size: 1,148 km²
Location: 130 km north of Dar es Salaam: about 3 hour's drive. Only 27 km far from Zanzibar Town.
This very young park, which was founded around the year 2000, is situated on the eastern coast of Tanzania, opposite to Zanzibar . With a little luck one can see elephants, buffalos or even lions on the shores of the Indian Ocean . One will not see as many animals in the other parks, however the landscape of this national park is fascinating with its Borassus palm tress, Doum palm trees, typical coastal acacias and mangroves. The most northern population of the Roosevelt sable antelope are found here. It's the only park where one can combine game viewing with beaching.
Mikumi National Park Size: about 3,230 km²
Located north of Seleous the park is 300 km From Dar es Salaam. It is famous for it's variety of animals and rare hunting dogs, and 300 species of birds many of which are Eurasian. Mikumi is also an important centre for education where students study ecology. Compaired to the big national parks in Tanzania Mikumi is small but if you go there you will certainly not find it small and it has all of the big nine.
Selous Game Reserve :
Location: about 200 km south- west of Dar es Salaam.
The selous is a Tanzanian Superlative; 55,000 sq Km. Of unexploited virgin bush. It is the largest and wlldest game reserve in Africa. Virtually unchanged throughout thousands of years, it's woodland, Grassland, flood plain and dense forests are a stronghold for over one million large animals. 100,000 elephants, 150,000 buffalo and huge population of black rhinoceros, lion, leopard, sable antelope, Liechtenstein's hartebeest an greater Kudu, to name a few. Through the terrain, flows the mighty Rufiji River (the greatest in East Africa), flocked with hippo and crocodiles.
It is only in the selous that one can enjoy game drives, boating and walking safaris.
Ruaha National Park Size: about 10,300 km²
Location: central Tanzania, 128 km west of Iringa
Ruaha preserves yet another massive chunk of raw African wilderness. Remote and far from regular safari routes, this hauntingly beautiful woodland park teams with game.
It's name is derived from the great Ruaha River. Flowing across it's entire eastern border, the river is a scenic delight and a magnet for wildlife in staggering numbers, Elephants reign supreme. Hippos en massae are guarantee. Kudu, eland, giraffe and dik dik thrive in abundance. The predators, of course, are never far behind. Ruaha on the wing, is no less spectacular. Flocks of water and woodland birds display in brilliant profusion. Rich with game, but few tourists, Ruaha;s rugged bush is Tanzania's best kept secret.
Mahale Mountains National Park
The park is situated slightly over 150 km. south of Kigoma. It covers a total area of 1577 sq Km. and the length of the park is about 50 km. Its western boundary is the shore of lake Tanganyika, While Mahale Mountain range at the middle park of the east side of the lake, forms a part of eastern wall of the Western Rift Valley.
There are numerous species of animals in the park I The most remarkable creature of the park is the Chimpanzee. It si estimated that there are about 1000 chimpanzee which can be seen in groups of five up to 30 at a time in their natural habitat. The quickest way to reach Mahale is by air up to Kigoma town, then by boat to Kasoga in Mahale.
Gombe National park
the park lies about 16Km. north of kigoma in the north-west part of Tanzania. It is the smallest park in Tanzania with only 52 sq km.
The Gombe dtream national Park remains one of the few areas in Africa which harbours one of the most rare species of animals - Chimpanzee. Apart from Mahale Mountains, South kigoma, there is no where else in tanzania where Chimpanzee can be observed in the wild.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park Size: about 1,990 km²
Location: 65 km south-west of Mikumi: 5 hours drive from Dar es Salaam.
The Udzungwa Mountains are almost unearthly.Burgeoning with rampant , verdant growth. It is at once vivid detail and larger than life: a new variety of the tiny African violet discovered in the shelter of 30m high trees. It is hothouse nurturing species found nowhere else on earth, a secret bank account of precious genetic stock.
Of its six types of primate, two are endemic - the Iringa red Colobus monkey and the Sanje Crested Mangabey, not detected until 1979. Four previous unknown birds, including the rufous-winged sunbird and new species of the partridge-like francolin, make this Tanzania's richest forest bird habitat and among the three most important bird conservation areas on the continent.
One of East Africa's great forests, undoubtedly this undisturbed habitat is yet to reveal all its treasure, waiting for further scientific exploration to catalogue its wealth.
A link in the chain of Africa's Eastern Arc Mountains, Udzungwa is made for hiking and climbing with trails through the rainforest and escarpment. The plateau is a natural penthouse, with views of sugar plantations against a patchwork of grassland and mountain forest extending over 100km. But the centrepiece is the Sanje River where it reinvents itself as a spectacular waterfall, plunging 179m through the forest to land in a spray of mist in valley below.