Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is no mean feat. While all you might want to do after reaching the summit is relax, there’s still so much more to see in Tanzania.
This stunning African country is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking wildlife and vistas, so to leave without seeing any of it would simply be a sin. From Serengeti to Lake Manyara, there are a multitude of safaris for you to take part in.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top Tanzania safari parks you should visit after climbing Kilimanjaro.
1. Arusha National Park
In terms of proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park is the closest to the mountain. You can be climbing Kilimanjaro on one day and be exploring Arusha the next. If you’re worried about being too tired to travel further after climbing Kilimanjaro, this park is perfect for you.
The park is located in the jungles of Tanzania which is an experience in itself. A jungle is a whole other place entirely, with its own ecosystem and climate – not least its wildlife.
However, the main attraction of the Park is, of course, the wildlife and at Arusha, you can track down blue monkeys and colobus monkeys (the only place in the Northern Circuit where this is possible) in the jungle.
Then, in the Ngorongoro Crater area of Arusha, you will get to see buffalo and warthog as well as zebra and flamingo. If you’re looking to see elephants and lions, you won’t find them in Arusha, so for a fully-fledged classic African safari, you may have to travel further from the mountain.
2. Serengeti National Park
Everyone who ever read anything about Tanzania has heard of Serengeti.
Not only is it Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park, it is one of the most amazing in the world. Serengeti is home to the Big Five, meaning you can spot elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos while out there. When we said it was one of the most amazing parks in the world, we weren’t lying.
One of the best things about the park is the wildebeest migration. It can be watched by visitors during the later part of the year, usually in October time. 1.5 million wildebeest migrate with their calves and 200,000 zebra every year and it is always a magical sight to behold. Nobody ever gets tired of the view.
If you really want to make the most of your trip, we recommend Serengeti as one of the top Tanzania safari parks you should visit after climbing Kilimanjaro.
3. Tarangire National Park
Lovers of elephants in particular will find the most satisfaction from Tarangire National Park after climbing Kilimanjaro. It is more off-the-beaten-track than Serengeti for instance, and so is naturally a bit quieter. This is fantastic if you need a little time to recuperate from your climb and still make the most out of Tanzania.
Named after the Tarangire River crossing through the park, this amazing expanse of land is also home to buffalo, zebra, leopard and python. There is so much to see at Tarangire, including lions hunting prey and the famous elephant migration. For a lot of people, this park is one of the best to experience after climbing Kilimanjaro.
We’d absolutely recommend Tarangire National Park as one of the top Tanzania safari parks you should visit after climbing Kilimanjaro.
4. Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Certainly one of the most impressive safaris to visit in all of Tanzania is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is impressive because of its wildlife sighting opportunities, but also because of its unique geography. Ngorongoro crater was created out of a volcanic explosion and it is now zebra, wildebeest, lion and hyena, the latter two stealing the show for all visitors.
Although Ngorongoro Conservation Area is not the closest to Kilimanjaro, it is still absolutely worth a visit. Not many people can say they’ve been to the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, right?
5. Lake Manyara National Park
After climbing Kilimanjaro, a visit to Lake Manyara National Park is perfect. Slightly quieter than most other parks due to the fact that it is the smallest in Northern Tanzania, this is one of the most chilled safaris you can imagine.
Set in the jungle and named after the lake cutting through the park, Lake Manyara NP presents blue monkeys and baboons as well as herds of zebra and buffalo which go on until your heart’s content. The most spectacular part of this national park is the tree-climbing lions which can be found further inland. They are truly breathtaking, especially alongside the large-tusked elephants, and thus make the perfect destination for a Tanzania safari after climbing Kilimanjaro.