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Safari destinations in Tanzania.


Tanzania is one of the best safari destinations to go on an African safari because it has so many national parks and game areas. The country in East Africa is home to all five of Africa’s “big five” animals, as well as many rare and endangered species, a huge number of birds, beautiful beaches and islands, and the Great Migration, the biggest wildlife show in the world. About of the country’s 947,303 square kilometres are set aside as protected areas. These areas include game reserves and national parks, which offer different things for travelers to do and see.

Arusha National Park

One of Tanzania’s most impressive national parks is Arusha National Park is situated in the country’s northeast, close to Arusha Town and the Kenya-Tanzania border.

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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is known as among the largest national park in Tanzania, which is located in the remote south-central region. It is 130 kilometres

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Katavi national park

Katavi National Park is located in the western part of Tanzania, 40 kilometres south of Mpanda town, in the Great Rift Valley, which extends into

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Mikumi National Park

Mikumi, close to Morogoro, between Uluguru Mountains and Lumango range, Mikumi National Park is one of the most easily accessible Tanzanian parks and a wonderful

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Kilimanjaro National Park

Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Region contains gorgeous national park known as Kilimanjaro National Park, which is located 300 km south of the equator. The park is near

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Tarangire national park

A unique national park and one of Tanzania’s must-see locations, Tarangire National Park is situated in Manyara region, it is 118 kilometres from Arusha, the

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Tanzania has two main “safari circuits.” The Northern Safari Circuit includes Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Mkomazi National Park, Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Tarangire National Park. The southern safari route takes you to places where you can see wildlife away from the crowds. It includes Ruaha National Park, Nyerere National Park, Udzungwa National Park, Gombe National Park, Kitulo National Park, and Mikumi National Park.

When you’re planning your Africa safari to Tanzania, you’ll have to decide which parks to visit after thinking about the best ones. In this article, we give a list of what we think are the best safari spots in Tanzania.


Serengeti National Park.


One of the most well-known parks in the world is Serengeti National Park. It is in the eastern part of the Mara region and the north-east part of Simiyu area in northern Tanzania. It is about 14,763 km2, and to the north, it is next to the Ngorongoro crater and the great Maasai Mara. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for being home to the annual Wildebeest Migration, which is the greatest wildlife show on earth. It is also home to the biggest number of lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, and many other types of animals and birds. Serengeti National Park is an excellent safari destination to see wild animals all year round.

Serengeti also has a large number of unique camps and cottages where tourists can stay comfortably while on their exciting safari adventures. Anyone can go to Serengeti National Park at any time of the year.


Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


This is another place where people go on vacation in Tanzania. In the northern safari route, next to Serengeti National Park, is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ngorongoro is probably the best place to go if you want to do a whole tour in one place. It is also the world’s biggest crater, and it has been active for many years. The crater has a lot of different kinds of habitats, such as wetlands, forests, and savannah fields, which give guests beautiful views. It is home to more than 30,000 wild animals, like lions, elephants, black rhinos, giraffes, antelopes, and many others. At the edge of the crater, in the middle of nowhere, you can see the most beautiful things. The best time to go on a safari to Ngorongoro is from April to May, when the crater is lush and beautiful.


Lake Manyara National Park.


Between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley is a protected area called Lake Manyara National Park. The park covers about 325 square kilometres, of which 230 square kilometres are taken up by the soda ash lake Manyara. On the other surface, you can see places like the Rift Valley, the mountains, and the forests. Lake Manyara National Park is famous for tree-climbing lions.

Elephants, several cows, Maasai Giraffes, cheetahs, Impalas, olive baboons, and a variety of Sykes monkeys. The safari game drives, safari walks, and bird watching at Lake Manyara National Park are all great ways to see the park’s wildlife. Yes, looking at birds! It is home to more than 400 types of birds, like the thousands of pink flamingos that decorate the shores of Lake Manyara.


 Tarangire National Park.


At about 2,600 square kilometres, Tarangire National Park is the sixth biggest National Park in Tanzania. It is known for having the biggest groups of elephants of any park in Tanzania. It has a beautiful environment with wetlands, forests, and acacia and baobab trees, among other things. The Park is home to many kinds of wild animals and more than 500 bird types, which makes it a paradise for birdwatchers. Some examples are Kori Bustard, Pygmy Falcon, and Ashy Starling.

The River Tarangire, which runs to Lake Burungi, is the main feature on the northern side of the Tarangire. Most of the southern part of the Park is made up of marshes, which dry up during the dry season and turn into lush steppes. You can go to Tarangire at any time of the year. But the best time to go is from June to November, when it’s dry and most of the animals come to the Tarangire River to drink.


Kilimanjaro National Park.


Kilimanjaro National Park is in the town of Moshi and is about 1,688 square kilometres in size. Mt. Kilimanjaro is in the park. It is the biggest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. It is 5,895m above sea level. With so many different places to live, the ark is full of Cape buffalo, giraffes, grey duikers, leopards, wild elephants, Tree hyrax, and many more animals. Kilimanjaro National Park is also home to many monkeys, which you can see on hikes and walks through nature.

Kilimanjaro National Park can be visited from January to March and from June to October, when the weather is nice and there are good views of the scenery and it is easy to walk.


Nyerere national park.


The UNESCO World Heritage Site Nyerere national park, which used to be called Selous game reserve, is in southern Tanzania. It is the biggest protected area in Africa, with more than 50,000 square kilometres of forests, grasslands, open woodland, and mountains. The secret gem is about 219 kilometres from Dar-es-Salaam. Travellers can see amazing wildlife there. The reserve also has a wide range of places to stay for different kinds of visitors.

Buffaloes, lions, giraffes, wildebeests, hippos, crocodiles, impalas, puku antelopes, sable antelopes, elands, waterbucks, hyenas, African wild dogs, bushbucks, Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, and zebras, to name a few, live in Nyerere national park. More than that, the area is home to more than 445 types of birds, including those that move around. Giant kingfishers, African fish eagles, bee-caters, hornbills, turacos, African skimmers, Pelicans, and many other types of birds live there. From June to October, a lot of people go there.


Mahale Mountains National Park.


Located in the Mahale Mountains, the park offers genuine safari experiences especially if you are not a fan of big crowds. The park is in Kigoma area of Tanzania. It is on the eastern side of Lake Tanganyika. The main reason Mahale National Park was made was to protect the thousands of rare chimps that live in the area. It is known for many things, like the beautiful sunsets over Lake Tanganyika.

Mahale has a lot of different places for animals to live, such as grasslands, alpine bamboo, woodlands, and montane rainforests, which are home to more than 50 kinds of animals. Chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, red colobus monkeys, olive baboons, lions, and antelopes are some of these animals. Visitors to Mahale National Park can go on safaris, walk through the bush, and watch birds, hike and fish. The best time to go to the park is from July to October, when the weather is dry and big groups of chimps hang out by the lake.


Ruaha National Park.


Ruaha National Park is the largest protected area in Tanzania. It covers about 20,226 square kilometres and is about 130 kilometres west of Iringa. It is in both central and southern Tanzania. It has a varied ecosystem made up of riverine grasslands, savannah grasslands, and baobab trees, which make for beautiful scenery.

At the same time, you can see predators like leopards, hyenas, jackals, crocodiles, and cheetahs ready to catch their prey. Also, Ruaha is the best place in Tanzania to look for the rare wild dogs. Anyone can go to the Park at any time of the year. But birdwatchers should go to the Park when it’s raining because that’s when the migrating birds are there.


Katavi National Park.


This is a remote archaic National Park located in Katavi region, Tanzania. Even though Katavi is less popular and harder to get to, it is a great place to go on safari. It is home to lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, wild dogs, and jackals, all of which are dangerous animals. In Katavi, predators are much more likely to be seen than other animals. Elephants, giraffes, cape buffaloes, zebras, reedbucks, sable antelopes, roan antelopes, impalas, and many other grazing animals live in this park.

Katavi has a river, which is where the park got its name, and two seasonal lakes called Katavi and Chada. These lakes are home to alligators and hippos of many different kinds. But because the park is so far away, there aren’t many places to stay. It has about four hotels and camps: Katavi Wildlife Camp, Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge, Simply Saadani Camp, and Babs Camp. Still, the park can be seen at any time of the year, but it’s best to go between June and November, when animals gather around the few water sources.


Zanzibar and Tanzania Islands.


Staying on Tanzania’s Spice Island, Zanzibar, at the end of your vacation in East Africa will be the cherry on top. It’s the place to go in Tanzania for beautiful beaches and coral reefs, dhow (traditional boat) rides at sunset, and exploring smelly back-street markets. It’s a great place for families and couples on their honeymoons. Tanzania’s other islands in the Indian Ocean won’t let you down either. Pemba, Mafia, and Chole are the best places to go on a beach vacation. They have great dives, boutique hotels, and all the pampering you could want.


Mount Kilimanjaro.


Mount Kilimanjaro is a well-known mountain that will stir your soul whether you just want to stand in its shade or want to climb to its icy peak. At 5 895 metres (19,340 feet), it is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest mountain that stands alone on Earth. But the snow-covered hills are much easier to reach than you might think. If you climb Kili between July and October or January and March, when it is dry, you don’t need to know how to climb technically. But planning and carrying out a walk to the top of the mountain does take a lot of practical planning.