River crossing in Tanzania national parks

River crossing in Tanzania national parks  : Tanzania is rich in its wildlife, with 22 national parks and many forest reserves. The world-famous National Park occupies a large part of the country’s land. Tanzania in East Africa is famous for its splendid wilderness. Whether you are exploring the globe to collect adventure stories or wish to spend some exciting time near nature, the famous rivers crossing national parks are a perfect choice. Explore and experience the river and wildlife in parks like never before. Down is the List of favorite National parks in Tanzania and the Rivers crossing them.


Mara River: Things are different in Mara river because it is where the privileged crocodiles live and the first flowing and deep river with steep banks. One side of the river is in Kenya, and another side of the river is in Tanzania. Mara River flows 400 kilometers from Kenya to Tanzania and helps feed the Nile crocodiles.

Mara River

The great migration between Kenya and Tanzania usually happens across the Mara river (migration of thousands of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles). The river zones look the same wherever the wildebeests and zebras choose to cross.

Every year during the season, the Great Migration of the zebras and wildebeests must cross the Mara rivers to get the grass they badly need to survive. When the zebras do not get to the grass, they may perish. Sometimes, after crossing the Mara river full of hungry crocodiles, the zebras do not find good grass on the other side. Then they will turn around and go back through the same river to face the vicious crocodiles again.

Gurumeti River: The Grumeti River is home to many enormous crocodiles. Each river has its personality. Therefore, Gurumeti is narrow, slow flowing, and regular. It is a bit of a chameleon, changing with the seasons and promising surprises around each bend. It is tough to hunt in the river, but Crocodiles there are hardworking and flexible to master different hunting strategies required in each zone. It is the first major hurdle for the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest migrating north toward the Mara River. It is the most exciting moment of crocodiles hunting a herd of wildebeest crossing the river and other animals coming to drink at a small oxbow off the main river. Once the calving is over in late May, the wildebeest begin moving with their newborns from Moru Kopje plains crossing the Gurumeti River towards the central part of the Serengeti National Park, where they stay until late June. The wildebeests face Crocodiles attack on the River Gurumeti, where most of their calves die before crossing the river. The most inspiring part of this movement is the action of the crocodile in the river Gurumeti.

Gurumeti River

Seronera River: Seronera River is the center of the Serengeti National Park, with the richest wildlife habitats in the park. The Seronera River provides a valuable water source to the park and attracts wildlife well represented by most of the Serengeti species. The Seronera River Valley is home to a great diversity of wildlife due to its unique ecological niches as a transition zone where two distinctly different habitats, the plain and the woodland, and various species of wildlife from both habitats. There is a visitor Centre close to the Serengeti Seronera River, which is well worth a visit after the morning’s game drive. This nicely designed center offers interesting wildlife displays, a gift shop selling information leaflets, and maps of the area. The center also has a shop where drinks and snacks are purchased and a picnic area.

Seronera River

Songore River:  The Sogore River loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and it is for possible Lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich, and cheetah sightings. The other small rivers in Serengeti are Naironya, Nanyuki, and Mbalageti. 

Kitulo National Park

The Kitulo National Park is in Tanzania’s southern highlands. It is a protected area on the Kitulo Plateau covered with montane grassland and forest. Kitulo national park is known as the Garden of Eden due to its beautiful natural vegetation decorated with different flowers. The park is 2,600 meters between the Poroto and Kipengere mountain peaks. It covers 412.9 square kilometers of land within the Njombe and Mbeya regions. There are plenty of ecosystems in Kitulo national park. A park is a place of many interests for natural beauty, inspiring adventures, and amusement. The park has various uniqueness of waterfalls, crater lake, rolling upland ground, wild animals, flowers, valleys, rounded hills, plateau, flowers, birds, and the famous Nhumbe river.

kitulo national park

Nhumbe River: It is the highest and biggest river found within the Kitulo national park. It is called the Nhumbe river because of being surrounded by forest vegetation called Nhumbe. The Nhumbe river is one of the main attributes of the Great Ruaha River (the water provider for wild animals at Ruaha National park of Tanzania). Often Nhumbe river is the jewel of Kitulo park. The river is attractive and brilliant for taking quality photos. Walking down to this river takes about one hour at an estimated distance of seventy Kilometers (7 Km) away from the entrance gate of Mwakipembo in Kitulo national park.


Tarangire National Park runs along the Tarangire River and of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation consists mainly of Acacia woodland, giant African Baobab trees, and swamp areas. The river and the swamps act like a magnet for the local wildlife during the Tanzania dry season. The Tarangire National Park is home to three rare species of animals, the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, and the Ashy Starlings. The name “Tarangire” emerges from the River Tarangire that crosses the central portion of the park.

Tarangire River: The Tarangire River provides fresh water to the wild animals and natural vegetation in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the dry season from June to October.


Ruaha National Park is in the southern part of Tanzania. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Tanzania. It is most likely from its Coolness, no traveler populations, and wildlife diversity.

Ruaha River: The Great Ruaha River is in Tanzania’s south-central. It runs eastwards through the Ruaha National Park and the Usangu wetlands to reach the Rufiji River. The Great Ruaha River has a drainage area of Nhumbe Kitulo.

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