Black Rhino in Tanzania
One of Africa’s iconic ‘Big 5’ species, black rhinos are on many travellers’ safari wishlists. Small populations hang on in several parts of Tanzania, however sightings are very rare.
Quick facts about Black Rhino
|Scientific name:||Diceros bicornis||Habitat:||Scrub & open woodland|
|IUCN status:||Critically Endangered||Adult weight:||800–1,400kg|
Africa has several subspecies of black rhino, but it’s the eastern black rhino, Diceros bicornis michaeli, that is found in Tanzania. Distinguished from its southern counterparts by its grooved skin and distinctive long, curved horn, this impressive animal was once widespread across the region, however poaching has drastically reduced its numbers.
Black rhinos are listed as critically endangered and are closely protected wherever they live, with new calves (born roughly every three years, when conditions are right) always a triumph.
Seeing black rhinos in Tanzania can never be guaranteed: the best location is the Ngorongoro Crater, while in parts of the Serengeti you may also be lucky.
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Tanzania's top camps for seeing black rhinos
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Where to see black rhinos in Tanzania
Black rhinos are extremely rare in Tanzania. There are estimated to be around 80 individuals. For the best chance of seeing them, head to northern Tanzania.
Top tips for viewing black rhinos in Tanzania
Black rhino numbers in Tanzania are very low and sightings are far from certain. Even in known rhino territory it is amazing how easily they can camouflage their great bulk as they hide deep in the bush: on a game drive keep an eye out for their curved backs and long horns sticking out of the grass.
Some of the best sightings are typically in the Ngorongoro Crater where the short grass plains make black rhinos easily visible. There are several rhino protection zones in the Serengeti National Park, around the Moru Kopjes and in the north of the park. A small population of rhinos is also found in the western Selous, in southern Tanzania, however this district is off the beaten track and far from any camps or lodges.
Holiday ideas to see black rhinos in Tanzania
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