Tanzania National Parks

Best Tanzania National Parks & Game Reserves

Complete list & Detailed map of the Best Tanzania National Parks Plus the major Game Reserves in Tanzania. Best Tanzania National Parks include: All 16 national parks together comprise an area of more than 42,000 km2. They are administered by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). Names like Arusha and Serengeti are well known, partly due to films about African wildlife.

Arusha National Park, Gombe Stream National Park, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, Katavi National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Kitulo National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park, Mikumi National Park, Mount Meru (Tanzania), Mkomazi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Rubondo Island National Park, Saadani National Park, Saanane Island National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Game Reserves and Other protected areas: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Selous Game Reserve, Uwanda Game Reserve

Marine Parks and Reserves: Mafia Island Marine Park, Mnazi Bay-Ruvumba Estuary Marine Park

Forest Nature Reserves (FNRs) are a designation under the National Forest Act of Tanzania which offers the highest level of protection. FNRs are state-owned and are managed by the Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) Agency. No extraction of timber or animals is permitted in forest nature reserves, and activities are generally restricted to research, education, and nature-based tourism.[9] Amani Nature Forest Reserve, Chome Nature Forest Reserve, Kilombero Nature Forest Reserve, Magamba Nature Forest Reserve, Minziro Nature Forest Reserve, Mkingu Forest Nature Reserve, Mount Hanang Nature Forest Reserve, Mount Rungwe Nature Forest Reserve, Nilo Nature Forest Reserve, Rondo Nature Forest Reserve, Uluguru Nature Forest Reserve, Uzungwa Scarp Nature Forest Reserve

Protected areas in Tanzania are extremely varied, ranging from sea habitats over grasslands to the top of the Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. About a third of the country’s total area is protected to a certain degree as a national parkgame reservemarine parkforest reserve or the like.

The following list gives an overview on the various protected areas in Tanzania including their predominant habitat, wildlife and flora. Especially remarkable species (endemics or those occurring in unusually large numbers) are set in bold.

Popular National Parks in Tanzania

A List of the popular Tanzania National Parks: Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Selous Game Reserve, Gombe National Park, Arusha National Park, Ruaha National Park, Katavi National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park, Mikumi National Park

Day Trips in Tanzania National Parks

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara day Trip starts from Arusha with a road drive to Lake Manyara National Park. After breakfast, depart with packed lunch to the park for a game drive. 

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park Day Trip is an affordable full day tour for a game drive starting and ending in Arusha. The park is in the northern circuit of Tanzania but also less visited.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

1 Day Safari Ngorongoro Crater offers one day (full) tour to Ngorongoro Conservation Area from Arusha with packed lunch. It’s a short day trip for a game drive at one of the world’s natural wonders – Ngorongoro Crater.

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