Tanzania National Parks and destinations
Home to 'the Big Five', the tallest mountain in Africa and a whole host of big experiences, Tanzania is a must for every African adventurer.
A Tanzania adventure tour takes you to one of Africa’s most diverse countries - see the ice-capped Mount Kilimanjaro with its lower lying rainforests, Zanzibar’s sandy beaches, the Serengeti’s savannah plains and the Ngorongoro’s mopane woodlands and salt pans. It is not just the environment, but the cultural diversity, which is one of Tanzania’s most pleasant and refreshing surprises like Arabic and Indian influences in Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar. Wander through the labyrinth streets of Stone Town on Zanzibar, the ‘Spice Island’, barter for spices or visit Prison Island to learn more about the slave trade.
Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.
Each of Tanzania safari parks is uniques and offers it’s special taste of adventure. We can help you choose the best destination for your next Tanzania safaris that will compliment your preferences and desire or you can choose your safari style.
Northern Circuit - Tanzania Safari
Tanzania's first safari areas were in the north, and this 'northern circuit' remains its most famous safari area. The Ngorongoro Crater and the Rift Valley's Lake Manyara are names to conjure with - whilst the Serengeti's great migration is one of the world's great wildlife spectacles; no wonder it attracts hundreds of thousands of human visitors every year.
The Northern Circuit is the most popular because it hosts the most famous national parks in Tanzania and East Africa namely:-
- Serengeti National Park ( Wildebeest migration area)
- Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Tarangire National Park.
- Arusha National Park
- Mount Kilimanjaro
Southern Circuit - Tanzania Safari
The parks in southern Tanzania cover huge areas and offer great game-viewing in remote areas, based at small lodges where local safari guides (often real experts) drive you around in open 4WDs. It's an excellent experience, similar to the best safaris in southern Africa - and these trips probably include our most popular Tanzania safaris. There is no 'migration' here – but the game is excellent, and you will relish the real feeling of wilderness here and complete lack of crowds.
Southern Tanzania visits are minimal compared to the Northern circuit. National parks here like Ruaha National Park and the Selous Game Reserve hold the bragging rights as the ultimate unexploited ‘off the beaten track’ destinations with pristine wildlife reserves.
- Ruaha National Park
- Selous Game Reserve
- Mikumi National Park
- Kitulo National Park
- Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Western Circuit - Tanzania Safari
The Western circuit is mostly frequented by researchers as it is more famous due to Jane Goodall, a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist who s more famous for her work and research on chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, Uzungwa Mountains and other western circuit parks.
Safaris in western Tanzania are in a league of their own with superb and contrasting wildlife experiences – but see a map to realise that they are seriously remote! Because of this, Tanzania safaris here usually expensive and so receive very few visitors - but of course having few other visitors sharing your experience is a real attraction in itself.
The coast & islands
Tanzania's beaches, especially those on its islands, are spectacular, accessible, and often relatively inexpensive to visit. There's a real choice of small beach lodges and hotels.