MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Nestled below the dramatic Rift valley escarpment, Lake Manyara was extolled by Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Today, Manyara remains a rare scenic gem, with edges tinted pink by thousands of flamingos, and a compact game viewing circuit offering a thrilling microcosm of the African safaris experience.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
A million wildebeest, each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: A frenzied three weeks bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 49km (25 miles) long columns plunge through crocodile infested waters on the exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000km (600mile) pilgrimage begins again.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
It is a world-class tourist destination with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralist practicing traditional livestock grazing.
It also contains the spectaculars Ngorongoro Crater (250 kmsqr), which is the world's largest unbroken caldera in the Eastern(Great) Rift valley. There is the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa including the densest known population of lion. Also, there is the range of endangered species such as the black rhino, wild hunting dog and Golden cat. It is the only conservation area in the world where visitors are likely to see elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo, in their natural environment, with a span of four-hours driven inside the Ngorongoro creator.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Day after day of cloudless skies. The fierce tropical sun sucks the landscape dry, baking the earth a dusty red, withering the grass until it’s as brittle and yellow as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, always, there is water.
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
Starting in wooded savannah infested with buffalos and giraffes, the ascent of mount Meru leads into forests aflame with red-hot pokers and dripping with Spanish moss, before reaching high open health spiked with giant lobelias.
Everlasting flowers adorn the Alpine desert, as delicately-hoofed klipspringers mark the hike’s progress. Astride the craggy summit, Kilimanjaro stand unveiled, its snow-capped peak blushing pink in the sunrise.