Tanzania’s National Parks
Serengeti National Park
The vast plains of the Serengeti are the Africa of legends and famous for the great migration which takes place every year, where more than one million wildebeest and other plains game head for fresh pastures. The natural cycle is dependent on the rains and is almost impossible to pinpoint precisely. The area is very rewarding whatever time of year you visit and you’ll find lion, giraffe, cheetah and leopard all here, along with a whole variety of bird life. This iconic park is certainly not to be missed.
Stay in the heart of the National Park in Serena Serengeti Lodge or Mbuze Mawe tented camp.
Lake Manyara National Park
The truly stunning setting within the Great Rift Valley makes this a real gem in Tanzania’s treasure trove of parks. Its relatively small size means that wildlife viewing is excellent. It’s famous for its prolific bird life and at certain times of the year, you’ll find flocks of flamingos visiting the lake.
Tarangire National Park
This beautiful region of the country is located to the south-east of Lake Manyara and bordered by the Tarangire River. Majestic baobab trees make a fabulous backdrop to game drives here and between August and October, it is home to some of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the country, with large herds of zebra, wildebeest and elephant. Year round you’ll find rhino, eland, giraffe and perhaps even an occasional leopard.
Ngorongoro Crater National Park
The crater is around 20km wide and is one of the largest calderas in the world. The wildlife viewing here is second to none and you’ll find lion, elephant, zebra and rhino among many other species as well as excellent birdlife throughout, including hundreds of flamingos. There’s a permanent source of water of the crater floor making it a magnet for all types of wildlife.
The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is a comfortable hotel-style lodge perched on the crater rim and offers magnificent views over the crater.
The Selous Game Reserve
Vast, wild, rugged and very breathtaking, the Selous lies in the south of Tanzania and accounts for around 5% of the mainland making it Africa’s largest reserve. It is home to lion, buffalo, elephant, hippo, wild dog and rhino. Less visited than some of Tanzania’s other national parks, a safari here is a real adventure. The impressive scenery, abundant wildlife and remote nature of the camps make for an unforgettable Tanzania experience.
For the ultimate safari experience stay in Selous Serena Camp which offers opulently decorated tents or Mivumo River Lodge which offers chalet-style accommodation in a spectacular riverside setting.