Almost one-third of Tanzania is protected, with 17 national parks spread across the country and its oceans.
One-fifth of Africa’s large mammals are found within its borders, including lion, elephant, hippo, zebra and, of course, the wildebeest whose mass migration is one of the most famous natural events in the world.
The Serengeti is one of the most iconic destinations in the world, so no wonder it’s one of Tanzania’s top attractions. The subject of many nature documentaries, the park is host to the dramatic Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles must cross the Mara River.
One of the Northern Circuit parks, Tarangire is famed for its huge baobab trees and massive herds of elephant. It’s also one of the least visited northern parks.
Home of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has a high concentration of wildlife and staggering volcanic scenery.
One of the largest national parks in Africa, southern Tanzania’s Ruaha remains blissfully off the beaten track, despite being home to around 10% of the world’s lion population.
The extraordinary Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria was made into a haven for endangered chimpanzees. You’ll also find other animals, from elephant to sitatunga antelope.
Nyerere (The Selous)
Located In the south of Tanzania, Nyerere National Park is a vast, wild reserve – larger than Switzerland – with just a scattering of small camps.
Encompassing varied landscapes that include soda lakes, mountain regions and dense woodlands, Lake Manyara National Park offers scenic beauty and exceptional birding.
Located at the base of Mount Meru, Arusha is considered the gateway to Tanzania’s top safari destinations as well as Mount Kilimanjaro.