Where We Go – Overview
Tanzania’s Four Tourist Circuits
Safari tours, adventures and cultural packages offered by Zohar are located primarily in the Tanzanian Northern Tourist Circuit, though it offers tours throughout Tanzania. The Northern Circuit (i.e. Arusha and Kilimanjaro) has almost year-round appeal. The Northern Circuit includes Tanzania’s most visited national parks and most dramatic geological locations including Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Its world-famous national parks and most popular attractions include: Mount Kilimanjaro and Kilimanjaro National Park, Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater (610 meters deep and 20 kilometers diameter) and Serengeti National Park. A historical and archaeological site in Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park and its eco-system which also encompasses Mount Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron
The Southern Tourist Circuit is the tourist zone which includes mainly national parks and game reserves. Included national parks and game reserves in this zone are Ruaha National Park together with neighboring Rungwa and Kisigo Game Reserves and several smaller conservation areas, forms the core of a wild and extended ecosystem covering about 40,000 sq km and providing home to one Tanzania’s largest elephant populations. The Mikumi National Park is another wildlife attraction in this circuit. Mikumi is part of the vast Selous ecosystem and it is Tanzania’s fourth largest National Park with an area of 3,230 sq km. The Selous Game Reserve is approximately 45,000 sq km, it is one of Africa’s largest wildlife reserves, although only the northernmost section is open to tourism and this is where it bordered Mikumi. Other tourists attractions in this tourist circuit are Udzugwa National Park, Kitulo National Park, and Lake Nyasa in the Southern end of the country and of course the Swahili towns of Mnazi Bay, Kilwa Masoko and many others.
The Eastern Tourist Circuit is emerging latest tourist circuit in Tanzania which includes Pare and Usambara Mountains, Mkomazi and Saadani National Parks, the coastal area with Swahili towns and the islands of Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba. The mainland’s more than 850 kilometers Indian Ocean coastline extending from Vanga on the Kenya/Tanzania border in the North to the Mwambo on the mouth of Ruvuma River in the South is the longest and most un-spoilt coastline in the continent of Africa. It has beautiful, un-crowded palm clad beaches and undersea coral gardens, many within easy reach from major cities and town such as Dar es Salaam, Pangani, Bagamoyo, Kilwa, and Mtwara.
Located offshore are the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba which are easily reached by a 20 minute flight or by boat from Dar es Salaam. The Dar es Salaam urban waterfront also faces the smaller islands of Bongoyo, Kendwa, Sinda and Mbudya. The Mafia Island which is 40 minute flight to the South of Dar es Salaam is considered to be among one of the most exciting big game fishing and diving in the world according to various media outlets.
The Western Circuit is famous for its small national parks which really provides very unique wildlife habitat compared to those of other tourist circuits in the country. The included attractions in this zone are Lake Tanganyika, the national parks of Gombe, Katavi and Mahale Mountain while the lake Victoria hinterland includes the wildlife sanctuaries of Rubondo, Biharamulo with inclusion of Orungondu, Buringi, and rumanyika Game Reserves. Gombe National Park is smallest park with approximately population of over 150 chimps, these chimps are well habituated and sightings are almost guaranteed. The Gombe Stream is whereby in 1960 British Researcher Jane Goodall arrived to begin study of wild chimpanzees. Goodall’s study is now in its fifth decade. Mahale National Park is the most isolated national park and is primarily chimpanzee sanctuary. Mahale also hosts populations of baboons, warthogs, and bush bucks which are scattered every in the park as well as less visible buffaloes, zebras, antelopes, and leopards.