Tanzania Wild Animals

Tanzania wild animals. Why do tourists visit Tanzania every other year, almost more than other Africa safari destination? Well for the diversity of wildlife in Tanzania. One-third of Tanzania’s area is protected, inhabiting various attractions including wild animals in Tanzania. There are over 16 national parks in Tanzania, inhabiting a great diversity of wild animals as well as other attractions all the more rewarding to travelers who visit Tanzania on Tanzania wildlife safari experiences. Destination Tanzania has the various Tanzania wild animals spread across the different reserves, conservancies, and marine parks as well as savannah parks that travelers who visit Tanzania can visit and explore, to see the various wild animals in Tanzania.

The Big 5 in Tanzania

The big 5 in Tanzania include lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos; and can all be spotted in Tanzania national parks. Most of the Tanzania national parks inhabit if not all the big 5 animals, then 4 or three of the big 5 animals most sought after by travelers who visit Tanzania for wild game viewing. All the big 5 animals can be seen in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as Selous Game Reserve now Nyerere National Park. All the rest of the big 5 animals are almost easy to spot, but the rhinos can be a hard to see yet can easily be seen in Ngorongoro Crater.

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Big 5

Elephants and buffaloes are in abundance in Tanzania national parks, especially in Tarangire National Park, Ruaha National Park, where huge herds of elephants outnumber people in the park.

Lions are also quite a common sight in Tanzania, with travelers being able to see large prides pf lions even more than once in a day; enjoying a kill, actively preying, or simply lying in wait or resting by a kopje, or tree branch especially in the Lake Manyara National park which is famous for hosting tree-climbing lions. While leopards are naturally shy animals, that can easily be seen in Arusha National Park, as well as in the Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park among others if you do have a good safari guide with you.

Big Cats and Predators

Besides the big 5 animals, that lions and leopards are part of, there are a number of other cats and predators in Tanzania that travelers can see while on any Tanzania safari tour. Big cats include the serval cat, caracal, and the golden cat which is an elusive animal in Ngorongoro Crater. Cheetahs are also one of the big cat and predator Tanzania wild animals, mostly seen in the northern safari circuit parks including the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti national Park, with the exception of Lake Manyara National Park. Ruaha National Park is by far one of the best place to see cheetahs almost so easily.

Other carnivores in Tanzania include jackals, honey badger, rock hyrax, rare bat-eared fox, stripped hyena, wild dogs among so many others.

Other Tanzania wild animals that you can see while on a safari game drive are quite many, including but not limited to impala, kudu, topis, kongnis, hartebeests, elands, spiral horned bovines, Oryx, dik-dik, giraffes, zebras, bush backs and wildebeests.

Hippos, crocodiles can also be seen while on game drives in Tanzania, especially in Katavi national park. Sitatunga, common warthogs and waterbucks are some of the Tanzania wild animals that you can also see while on a Tanzania safari tour.

The Great Migration?

While on a great migration safari in Serengeti National park, you shall be sure to see a number of Tanzania wild animals, especially huge herds of wildebeests and other herbivores as they make their way through the Serengeti National Park heading to Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya via the Mara River. The great wildebeest migration is one of the best ways and times to see various  Tanzania wild animals including over 2 million wildebeests, zebras gazelles with a number of predators looking to devour them, say the cheetahs, lions, leopards as well vigorous crocodiles in the Grumeti River and Mara River. Birds of prey can also be seen around the great wildebeest migration herds. Planning your Tanzania safari tour around the months of June through October in Serengeti national Park shall be a great way for you to see so much and many Tanzania wild animals.

Primates in Tanzania

Travelers after primate watching or primate trekking would best want to go to Gombe Stream National park and Mahale Mountains the home of Jane Goodall for an opportunity to experience one of the most thrilling activities of chimpanzee tracking. Primates in Tanzania include chimpanzees, baboons, blue monkeys, sanje mangabey and the Udzangwa red colobus in Udzungwa Mountains and so many others.

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Chimpanzees in Gombe National park

Best time to visit for Tanzania wild animals Sightings

Looking to see the various Tanzania wild animals in their natural wild? Then you can plan around anytime throughout the year for as long as you have the time to visit as the animals in Tanzania are mostly residents. The best time to visit for wild game sightings however is during the dry season when the roads are more passable, and the grass short enough to aide animal viewing.

Tanzania is a destination sought after by so many travelers after experiencing the typical and classic Africa safari experiences. With an array of various wild animals in Tanzania that you are almost guaranteed to spot sees more and more travelers visiting Tanzania and be rewarded with the most amazing wild game safaris. Get in touch with your trusted tour operator to help you pitch an amazing Tanzania safari tour package and get to see a variety of wildlife in its natural wild, including the various Tanzania wild animals mentioned above and more.