Tanzania Top Destinations
Serengeti National Park
The endless grassy plains of the Serengeti National Park host not only the annual Great Wildebeest Migration, but also one of Africa’s highest concentrations of big predators, such as lion, cheetah and leopard. Take a game drive and experience a walking safari from one of Serengeti’s luxury lodges, or go on a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari.
The immense crater of Ngorongoro is teeming with lions, zebra, buffalo, black rhino and hippos, while flamingos and migratory birds throng to the region following the rains. Apart from the diverse landscapes to explore in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the nearby archaeological site at Olduvai Gorge has unearthed some of the earliest hominid fossils.
There are few islands in Africa as alluring as Zanzibar, whose exotic history of Omani Sultans and Portuguese colonisers are most visually displayed in the magnificent architecture of Stone Town. Explore the island’s spice farms, relax on its pristine beaches and dive the surrounding archipelago’s coral reefs, rich in marine life.
Lake Manyara National Park
With a stunning setting at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment, the ecosystems of Lake Manyara National Park are as diverse as their wildlife. Its grassy plains support giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, while tree-climbing lions and baboons inhabit its acacia forests and thousands of flamingos wade in the lake’s shallows.
Tarangire National Park
Known for its lion sightings as well as one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephant, Tarangire National Park is a lesser-known gem. From its open savannah and swamps, to its impressive baobab trees, its landscapes are stunning, while bird watchers will be enthralled by more than 450 species to spot.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha’s wildlife viewing is concentrated around the Great Ruaha River, where large herds of elephant, sable antelope and African wild dog can be easily viewed refuelling during the dry season. When the rains come, the bird life is impressive, with more than 500 species recorded, including storks, hornbills and kingfishers.
Arusha National Park
Encompassing the volcanic peak of Mount Meru, Arusha National Park’s diverse landscapes host giraffe, buffalo, zebra and colobus monkeys, while flamingos wade in the shallow waters of the Momella Lakes. The park is most famed for its prolific birdlife, easily viewed in the forest canopy during walking safaris.