It is coming up on safari season for many tourists and an important decision that is made is where to travel to. Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park are two of the top safari destinations this season. Both destinations offer travelers some of the most spectacular views of African wildlife and culture. The following paragraphs give a few of the reasons why Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park are hot spots for African safaris.
The Crater is the center of a large and unbroken volcanic caldera. Ngorongoro Crater formed roughly two million years ago when a volcanic explosion caused the volcano to collapse on itself. The eruption created a natural enclosure for many diverse types of wildlife. The Crater is home to wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, rhinos, lions, elephants, leopards and most other species that are native to East Africa. A safari to Ngorongoro Crater will offer tourists the adventure of a lifetime.
Aside from the astounding variety of wildlife found within the Crater, tourists will also be able to see the different habitats that exist within the ancient volcano. Grasslands, swamps, forests, lake lands, and other habitats attract the diverse wildlife. The lush forests and spring lakes attract both predators and grazers throughout the year. The rim of the Crater is nearly 2,200 meters tall and reaches high into the clouds on most days.
As for the price and amenities, Ngorongoro Crater competes with all of the top safari destinations. The Crater lodges receive top reviews and prices fall into most travelers budgets. For the views and sights that tourists are treated to, there are not many better locations to safari than Ngorongoro Crater.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is one of the largest national parks in all of Africa. Located in Tanzania, the Serengeti is home to one of the largest migrations of wildebeest and zebra on the planet. Serengeti National park covers roughly 5,700 square miles and treats visitors to grassland plains, savanna, forests, and woodland areas. The Park offers a diverse way to view African wildlife.
Tourists will be able to spot lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinos, and african buffaloes, among other wildlife. The Park is also home to a large number of cheetahs, baboons, and hyenas. The Park is considered to be divided into three regions: the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Norther Lobo. Many species of wildlife are native to the individual areas, which allows tourists to have a view of three entirely different worlds.
Lodging and prices are rated highly in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti receives tourists from all walks of life every year, and treats each of its guests to one of Mother Nature’s finest works.
The Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park safaris are consistently ranked as some of the most spectacular in Africa. For tourists who truly seek to understand Africa, its culture, and its vast wildlife, both of these safaris will provide more than expected.
African safari offers the best and closer look to wild animals. Here’s an evidence at Mikumi National Park where safari goers can experience just that. An elephant at Mikumi National Park early this year.
African Safari Elephant
Selous Park is one of the largest game reserves in the world, and certainly one of the largest African Game reserve as well. It is not only the largest, but it is, by far the best game reserve in Africa for its huge outlay and miles of hunting to be done. Selous Game Reserve is also one of the largest fauna reserves in the world; it is located in the south of Tanzania, which is a Republic in the east Africa region bordered by Rwanda and Kenya as well as the Congo and Zambia. In 1982, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its great diversity in wildlife as well as perfectly undisturbed nature. The total reserve covers an area of around 54,600 km, which is about 21,081 square miles, and has a wide assortment of various animal life including elephants, hippopotami, African Wild Dog, and crocodiles can be found on the vast savanna in much larger numbers than any other documented African park.
In 1905, the Selous area became a hunting reserve, though now, it is a place of importance for Africa because of its touristic attraction, however, only a small portion of it is regularly tread by humans as the prominence of the deadly Tsetse fly makes it very difficult to travel and encourages avoidance throughout most of the roads through the roads. However, by way of train or small plane, it is possible to access the tourist attractions throughout the Selous game park. The park contains the river of Rufiji, a expansive tropical paradise river that flows into the Indian Ocean just in front of the Mafia Island as well as the Stigler, a deep canyon of around 100 meters deep and 100 meters wide where most of the tourist attractions may be found. Selous hunting and safari, unlike many other parks in Africa, is accessible on foot to the daring big game hunters that wish it, though it is often highly advised to travel with adequate insect repellent and proper restraints for any Tsetse fly that might strike, as they are fast and deadly poisonous.
There are many camps and lodges in the large expanse of the Selous game park. Those camps include Sand Rivers Lodge, an old time safari lodge in the bluffs of Selous; Lukula, a luxurious camp situated on the isolated Luwegu River within the Selous Game Park; the Selous Mbega camp, which is a rustic safari camp in the heart of Selous; the Jongomero Camp, a river side paradise camp; Lake Manze Camp, a brand new tented camp with great comfort; the Selous Impala camp, a remote setting in the thick of Selous; the Mikumi Lodge, yet another sanctuary for many diverse types of rare and unique animals offered by the park; and the Sable Mountain Lodge, a lodge where most travelers will see the most diverse array of interesting animals. Whether a traveler decided to go to the more Mikumi Lodge with all of its luxury or the Mbega camp, tourists are never disappointed with the wonder that Selous has to offer.
Lake Manyara Elephants
Two Elephants at Lake Manyara national park blocking the road. Need to be a little bit patient but at the same time, that’s the best way to encounter wildlife first hand. It’s a nice scene you don’t want to miss while on safari. Lake Manyara is one of the closest national park near Arusha where you can find different wildlife and birds at the lake. Driving time to Manyara is approximately 4 hours from Arusha town.