Tarangarie National Park, Central Serengeti, & Ngorongoro Crater

March, 6 - March, 10 2018  

safari / tanzania

For 5-days we camped in two national wildlife parks and visited bottom of the world’s largest intact volcano crater! All while seeing herds of elephants, prides of lions, black rhinos, and all the other amazing wildlife that Africa has to offer. To top it all off, we are visiting during calving season and during the wildebeest migration!

Tarangire National Park

We departed Moshi and head to the Tarangire National Park. This park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, covering approximately 1,100 square miles. The park is named in honor of the Tarangire River that runs through it. This river is the primary source of fresh water for the variety of native wildlife during the dry season. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania.

The park is a game controlled area, so the wildlife moves freely through the park. We expect to see and photograph large herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, antelope,  lions, leopards, and so much more.  Tarangire also known for its Baobab and Acacia trees, and its views of the Masaai Steppe.

We spent the night inside the park at the Maramboi Tent camp. Stunning views of grasslands, and palm lined desert between the Tarangire and Manyara Lake along with animals grazing in the distance.

Central Serengeti

We departed Narangire, headed out on a 5 hour drive to the Serengeti National Park. This park is Africa’s most famous wildlife park.  It is also one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries on the planet. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet, with more than a million animals following the rains.

I was most excited about the lions, elephants, and giraffes. Just as exciting to me is that we will be visiting during calving seasons, so we should see plenty of newly born animals. There are over 500 varieties of bird and, while not a prime attraction, there are over 100 types of dung beetle.

We will be staying in the Kati Kati Mobile tent camp for two nights inside the park, and expect views of the vast Serengeti Plains. At night we were visited by buffalo and other wild animals. We also visited the Olduvai Gorge.

Ngorongoro Crater

Left our Serengeti camp and head back down to the Ngorongoro Crater which lies between the Serengeti and the Lake Manyara National Parks. This is the world’s largest, inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The volcano exploded and collapsed on itself 2-3 million years ago.  It is 2,000 feet deep, and the floor covers 100 square miles.

We saw much of the same wildlife as in the other parks. The notable difference was seeing black rhinos, also known as the hook-lipped rhino.  They are native to eastern and southern Africa. This species of rhino are critically endangered, out of the three subspecies, one including the western black rhinoceros, were declared extinct in 2011. If you want to find out more, visit Save the Rhino for more information.

We camped on the rim of the volcano at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. With views of the crater floor, 2,000 feet below, and the sunset was amazing.

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