Tanzania safari options here 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 vacation 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 – vacation destinations primarily for keen divers.
The Serengeti is the Africa that we all have in our minds – endless grass plains stretching as far as the horizon, punctuated only by the odd flat-topped acacia tree.
Located in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, and holds Africa’s Big Five in the continent's most dramatic setting. Fantastic cats as well as huge tusker elephants 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 favorite for value alone, Ruaha is a hidden gem.
Tarangire is the lesser known, quiet gem of the northern safari circuit. It is a favorite 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. This vast area of land near Tanzania’s coast is 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 travelers 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.
Located next to the Mahale Mountains in Western Tanzania, Katavi is far off the main tourist circuit, receiving a handful of guests a year. It is also one of the most wonderful and remote places where we operate safaris.
Grumeti is well worth considering as a safari destination. The spectacular Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles passes through in May and June and these huge herds attract all the big cats – lion, leopard, and cheetah.