Tanzania is known for its northern parks: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire and these parks worth a visit. But you can find parks or reserves in Tanzania that are far less known but that are gems! Katavi for instance is one of the most beautiful and remote park in Africa.
With less than 5 camps in the entire park, you will be alone in this remote area looking around for the biggest herds of buffalo and hippo in Africa. Mahale, with its mountains starting from the iconic Tanganyika lake is one of the last heaven on earth from where you will be able to share the intimacy of the chimps. Ruaha National park, set in the middle of the country, is beautiful and plenty of wildlife but far less visited than the northern parks. Finally Selous, the biggest reserve in Africa, which represents more than 5 percent of Tanzania territory and its incredible elephant population.
Of course northern parks should not be forgotten. The Serengeti and its vast plains and year around migration is probably the icon of Tanzania. Not to talk about crater Ngorongoro and its incredible views and wildlife.
Everybody know the Kilimanjaro as being the biggest mountain of Africa and yes climbing it remains something incredible and mystic but there are other beautiful mountains in Tanzania, the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain for instance which lies in the Masaai land in the Rift Valley. This impressive peak is revered by the Masaai as the sacred home of god. Oldonyo Lengai still erupts occasionally, the last time in March 2006. You may have the opportunity to walk on still steaming ground. It’s the only active sodium carbonite volcano in the world. And what to say about the Mount Meru which is the second highest mountain in Tanzania with 4.566 m altitude. It’s the fifth highest mountain in Africa and one of the most beautiful volcanoes. A trekking tour on Mount Meru is good as an acclimatization trip before attacking Mount Kilimanjaro. The route up to the summit is quite steep and passes through rainforests, parklands, over streams and moorlands.