Tanzania Parks and wildlife game reserves covers more than a quarter of the land mass in the country of Tanzania. This has made Tanzania to be renown as the most protected country in terms of wildlife conservation in Africa and indeed in the world.
Tanzania National Parks and game reserves are unique and outstanding. That is why Tanzania is often referred to us the land of the Superlatives. As far as wildlife safaris are concerned; In Tanzania you will be spoiled for choice.
Tanzania Parks versus Game Reserves and Conservation Areas
Tanzania Parks are run and managed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) and unlike game reserves, conservation areas like Ngorongoro and game controlled areas like Loliondo, no human habitation is allowed inside the parks. The animals in the parks are guarded by the game rangers that are trained in the wildlife college and then employed by the Authority. The rangers man the parks as well as ensure the rules and regulations of national parks are adhered to.
As for game reserves like Selous Game Reserve; which is the largest game reserve in East and Central Africa, they are manned by private entities. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the hand; which is a UNESCO world heritage site, is manned the state’s management authority called The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority ( NCAA). The difference between the Tanzania parks and Ngorongoro Conservation area is that the latter allows human habitation and is the home of the world renowned nomadic pastoralist tribe called the Maasai.
Other than these the other wildlife conservation areas include game controlled areas like Loliondo and private game reserves like the Grumeti and the state owned Maswa Game Reserves. Others are the community based Wildlife Management areas like the Ikoma and the Wami in the south of Tanzania.
We plan wildlife safaris all Tanzania Parks, as well as other wildlife areas in the country and the neighboring countries of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. You can Contact one of our safari experts for advise on the best time to visit the different parks in Tanzania.