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4 Off the Beaten Path National Parks in Tanzania

When planning a trip to Tanzania, there are certain places which are high on everyone’s list to visit. Serengeti National park is by far the most famous, followed by the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Tarangire National Park, but where should you go if you want to get away from the hoards of tourists on safari and experience the untouched natural beauty of Africa? Here’s a list of 4 off the beaten path National Parks in Tanzania which offer pure unspoiled nature, and a one-of-a-kind adventure for those drawn to the wild unknown.

Mahale Mountain National Park

Mahale Mountain National Park is home to a unique spectacle, Africa’s most studied populations of wild chimpanzees. But that doesn’t mean that Mahale Mountain is easy to get to. During the peak tourist season here (June to October) you can reach the park by road from Arusha which usually takes 2 – 3 days depending on the conditions of the road which vary from 4-wheel accessible to impassable during the rainy season. Alternatively, you can take the train which departs 2 – 3 times a week from Dar es Salaam and takes 2 or 3 days. You can also hire a private aircraft to take you from Arusha and arrive in a brisk 3 hours. Anyway you come though, the experience of being amongst the wild chimpanzees with views over the jungle to the Congo are worth it.

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wonders of nature throughout Kenya

wonders of nature throughout Kenya

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Kenya is one of the first countries that come to mind when people think of Africa. Mount Kenya is the tallest mountain in Kenya and the second tallest mountain in all of Africa behind Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya is one of the candidates for the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa and is included in the Seven Natural Wonders of Kenya. The Masai Mara features part of the wildebeest migration and is also home to The Big 5.
Visitors are greeted by wildlife as the flyintothecapitol city of Nairobi. A national park borders the city and airport delivering wildlife immediately to those just arriving. Kenya has many other wonderful national parks and encounters with nature. What are the best seven natural wonders of Kenya?

What are the 7 Natural Wonders of Kenya?

What wonders of nature throughout Kenya do you recommend? Kenya features Mount Kenya, the Masai Mara and so much more. Mountains, waterfalls, national parks, nature reserves and more – what are your nominations for the 7 wonders of nature for Kenya?
Now, you can share your opinion and help determine the 7 Natural Wonders of Kenya. Voting is free and only takes a few minutes.

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1. Email your vote or nominations to vote@sevennaturalwonders.org
2. Place Kenya in the SUBJECT field of the email address:
3. Please record up to 7 votes ranking for #1 (best) down to #7 (you can vote for as few as 1, but no more than 7)

Notable Natural Wonders of Kenya

Check back here to see what nominations have been made. You will also find pictures and captions talking about the wonders of nature from Kenya.

African and Kenya Resources

African resources for conservation, tourism, safaris, wildlife and more are located on the African Resources page of the Seven Natural Wonders site. Kenya Resources will be located there too. You will find access to UNESCO and other professional resources along with leading tour guides, travel programs, and more.

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Kenya in a Nutshell

To say Kenya appeals to the adventure traveler would be a huge understatement. Kenya tours offer tons of wild activities and experiences, and exceed expectations at every turn.
Set along the beautiful Indian ocean and boasting a stunning variation of inland scenery, Kenya packs a punch for all visitors. Whether you are traveling alone, with friends or fancy the perfect family safari, Kenya tours cater for all visitors.

Things to do in Kenya

Main Attractions and Tourist Regions in Kenya
Reach new peaks and challenge yourself with an unforgettable climb of Mt. Kenya and observe the Unesco World Heritage site (and Unesco Biosphere reserve) from the soaring height of 4985m. The peak is higher but only attainable by mountaineer experts.

Elegant Giraffe in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Photo by Dylan Walters.
African safaris often entice tourists to Kenya due the renowned Masai Mara game reserve for a view of some of the most attractive wild animals in the world. The ‘Great Migration’ of wildebeests from the nearby Serengeti reserve of Tanzania is also a magnificent spectacle.
Apart from the abundance of game in the reserve, the Masai Mara is also one of the top bird-watching destinations on the planet. You can either observe those birds from the ground or gain an authentic African experience by searching the plains from the vantage point of your hot air balloon.
Learn about the Masai tribe’s culture at the Masai museum in Hell’s Gate National Park, before setting off on the unique cycling or walking safari where any one of the big five may be lurking around the corner. Along with the large amount of African wildlife, Hell’s Gate tours are equally as prestigious for the scintillating scenery on offer, with breath-taking gorges and basalt columns.
In addition to these Kenyan safaris, the Tsavo East National Park and Longonot National Park also provide great opportunities to experience the ultimate African experience and a great chance to see the great animals in Kenya.
Kenya tours are not complete without a trip to the mesmerizing beauty of the Indian ocean. Find rare underwater life as you snorkel the mind-blowing corals of the Kenyan coast.

Tribal attire in Kenya sports beautiful colors. Photo by Christopher Michel

So What’s Kenya all about?

Food and Culture of Kenya
Culture in Kenya is really determined by the community/tribe that you come across, many offering different ritual ceremonies and traditional dishes.
The staple Kenyan meals often consist of Ugali (cornmeal), Sukuma Wiki (greens) and many different rice  and bean dishes.
The traditional Kenyan attire is often brightly colored and will differentiate the community that you are in.

When to go to Kenya

What time of the year is it best to visit Kenya?
The best time to visit Kenya is during the dry seasons – January-March and July-October.
For wildlife in particular, the greatest time to go is anywhere between July and October.
The worst months to visit Kenya are generally considered to be around April-May.
Have you experience an exhilarating Kenyan safari? What are your favorite memories from your Kenya tours?…
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All journeys have a beginning and an end

All journeys have a beginning and an end, but what happens in between is really up to you.  You may prefer to lie in the same hammock watching hippos at the same waterhole for ten days in a row, or you may have identified a dozen safari camps and four beach resorts that you want to visit before you return home.  It’s simply a process of selection, and here we can be really helpful.  We’ll give you our best advice about the most exciting sequence in which to experience your choices, and we’ll iron out any kinks involved in getting you from here to there—and back again, of course.
MEX gate All journeys have a beginning and an end

Tanzania land of contrasts

 Tanzania land of contrasts
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From the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro to the endless plains of the Serengeti, from the sun -kissed island of the Zanzibar Archipelago to the gentle shores of Lake Victoria, the country contains immense cultural and natural wealth.
It was here, on the dusty floor of Olduvai Gorge, that early man left his first footprints. It was here, on palm fringed Zanzibar, that Swahili traders welcomed dhows and trading boats across the Indian Ocean.

WHY VISIT TANZANIA?

For Millennia, Tanzania played an essential part in the life of the African continent. The great wilderness migration alone comprises of the largest movement of land animals on the planet. With over 25% of the country’s total land mass dedicated to the preservation of Africa’s great wilderness and credible range of animal species.

Peaceful Country

The Republic of Tanzania is one of Africa’s most peaceful countries. Home to a flourishing democracy and prospering economy, the country is known for its peace and security. A well maintained infrastructure and three international airports connect its bustling commercial centers and ensure easy transportation, whether by air or by road.

Rich Culture

Tanzania’s people are a diverse mix of traditional tribes, village farmers and cosmopolitan professionals united by a common language, Swahili and a strong sense of national community.

Famous National Parks

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the most famous of the country’s national parks, the annual wildebeest migration attracting thousands of visitors each year. For sheer African magic, the Ngorongoro Crater – often called the 8th Natural wonder of the world – is a must see. Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks also reward the discerning traveler.

Tropical Beaches

The magic of the safari isn’t all this great country has to offer, Tropical beaches, coral reefs and Swahili culture along the Indian ocean coast are also a main attraction for visitors who want to end their experience of the African bush with some well – earned relaxation, Zanzibar style.

Mountain Climbing

For the more intrepid adventures, a climb to the rooftop of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, is the highlight of a safari itinerary. Longer treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, through the magical Gol mountains or up the active volcano or Ol Donyo Lengai, are a fantastic way to experience little-visited parts of the country in a new way.
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