Selous, being the largest game reserve in Africa, covers 5% of Tanzania’s total area. The Rufiji River, bisecting the Selous game reserve, provides the opportunity to watch diverse water-based wildlife along with the rich wilderness. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, the park is credited to having one of the largest elephant populations in Africa.
Selous is the only national park in Tanzanian that boasts a thriving population of African wild dogs, and black rhinoceros. Apart from that, the park is a habitat for cape buffalos, lions, elephants, and a range of impalas and herbivore animals. Moreover, above 440 bird species have been recorded within the premises of the park, making it a heaven for birdwatchers.
Ruaha calls for a completely elusive and raw African wildlife experience. The rugged landscapes, the wildly untouched ecosystem, along with the impressive population of lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, crocodiles and rare animals makes the national park a perfect spot for wildlife lovers and adventure seekers.
The terrain of the park greatly varies from mountains, to swamps, to forests and rivers. Given the rugged landscape of the national park, it is widely left undiscovered and is thus a quiet home to a total of 64 mammal species.
Fourth largest and the most accessible national park from the city of Dar es Salaam, Mikumi could be your perfect holiday spot if you are looking for some adventure. Mikumi is a part of the Selous ecosystem, and is at a close proximity to Udzungwa Mountains and Ruaha National Park.
A quiet home to an array of wildlife including, lions, elephants, buffalos, zebras, wildebeests, crocodiles and many more, Mikumi is one of the most popular national parks in Tanzania.
Although Selous is a habitat for endangered species like the black rhinoceros or African wild dogs, Mikumi provides a better game viewing experience to track them, due to its easy accessibility and flat terrain.
Spread over 1,990 km square feet, the Udzungwa National park consists of tropical rainforest, mountain forest, woodland, grassland and steppe.This makes it a favourable place for a variety of animals and bird species to thrive.
The national park is particularly famous for being the only park in Tanzania that is home to eleven primate species, out of which five of them are only found within the boundaries of the park. These species include diurnal sanje, crested mangabey, rungwecebus kipunji, endangered iringa red colobus, matandu dwarf galago, mountain dwarf galago, black and white colobus, yellow baboon, blue monkey and vervet monkey.