Tanzania safari options can seem somewhat daunting – all of Tanzania’s safari parks have their own special appeal. The general rule is to choose whether you would like your Tanzania safari holiday in the North or South.
The famous ‘northern circuit’ is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. This area is the stomping ground of the Wildebeest Great Migration and attracts the highest concentration of predators in Africa. It is an absolutely phenomenal big game viewing destination. The quieter ‘southern circuit’ is home to Ruaha National Park and the Selous Game Reserve. Game densities are not as high here, but there is an undeniable charm to being ‘off the beaten track’ in pristine wildlife reserves.
Safari aficionados head off to western Tanzania for the chimps of Mahale and the wild appeal of Katavi – parks that receive very few visitors indeed. Just off Tanzania’s coast lies Zanzibar with its fascinating history and exceptional beaches. Other island options include Pemba to the north and Mafia to the south – holiday destinations primarily for keen divers.
The Serengeti is the mother of all safari parks and is located in northern Tanzania.
The Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, holds Africa’s Big Five in the continent's most dramatic setting. Fantastic cats, as well as huge tusker elephants and a large population of black rhino, are the major highlights.
Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s largest national park. Located in the heart of the country, Ruaha is a predator-rich remote wilderness that is far off the beaten track. An office favourite for value alone, Ruaha is a hidden gem.
Tarangire is the lesser known, quiet gem of the northern safari circuit. It is a favourite amongst Tanzania's guides due to a migration of approximately 3,000 elephant that peaks from July to November.
The Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest game reserve and one of Tanzania’s most beautiful parks. Famous for its boating safari, as well as being the finest destination in Tanzania for walking safaris.
Lake Manyara is the smallest of the four parks that make up the Northern Circuit. With a huge proportion of the park consisting of the lake itself, its famous tree-climbing lions seem to have gained almost mythical status.
Lake Natron is a destination that very few travellers visit. With flamingo filled lakes, ancient hominoid footprints and active volcanoes, Natron is a stunning region reserved for the adventurous. A truly wonderful region.
The Mahale Mountains is Tanzania's most remote National Park. Lying on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, these mountains rise up into the clouds and house a very specialist wildlife experience – walking with chimpanzees.
Katavi is the safari park for the safari connoisseur. Located next to the Mahale Mountains in Western Tanzania, Katavi is far off the main tourist circuit, receiving a handful of guests a year.
Grumeti Game Reserve is located next to Tanzania’s famous Serengeti National Park. It covers over 140,000 hectares!