This is a comprehensive guide to Tanzania National Parks (wonderful national parks in Tanzania). The Top national parks of Tanzania include Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Ruaha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha National Park, etc.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. This is because of the various tourist attraction sites the country has to offer. From beautiful parks for wildlife lovers, and lakes for bird enthusiasts to mountain ranges for climbers and historical sites for culturalists. Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania’s land area is set aside for protected areas conservation.
There are 16 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas (including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area), and marine parks. Tanzania is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, and is home to a large variety of animal life. Among the large mammals include the Big Five, cheetahs, wildebeest, giraffes, hippopotamuses, and various antelopes.
Tanzania’s most well-known wildlife attractions are located in the northern part of the country and include the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park. The Serengeti National Park encompasses the world-famous great migrations of animals is the most popular park in the country and saw more than 330,000 visitors in 2012.
Travel and tourism contributed 17.5 percent of Tanzania’s gross domestic product in 2016 and employed 11.0 percent of the country’s labor force (1,189,300 jobs) in 2013.
The sector is growing rapidly, rising from US 1.74 billion in 2004 to US 4.48 billion in 2013. In 2016, 1,284,279 tourists arrived at Tanzania’s borders compared to 590,000 in 2005.
The north is also home to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the Ngorongoro Crater, which is an extinct volcanic caldera with lions, hippopotamus, elephants, various types of antelope, the endangered black rhinoceros, and large herds of wildebeest and zebra.
The Crater also holds the Olduvai Gorge, it is considered to be the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of the human genus, Homo habilis as well as early Hominidae.
The western part of Tanzania includes the Mahale, Katavi, and Gombe national parks, the latter of which is the site of Jane Goodall’s ongoing study, begun in 1960, of chimpanzee behavior.