Tanzania National Parks


Climate: Varies from tropical to arid to temperate.


  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Serengeti National Park


  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater
  • The Great Migration
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Masai tribe
  • Zanzibar, Pemba
  • Game viewing
  • Walking in Selous
  • Snorkeling in Zanzibar



Positioned in northern Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park is known for its scenic surroundings. With dense forests, bush plains, cliffs and hot springs, the diverse land gives rise to abundant wildlife. Impalas, elephants, giraffes and the world's largest concentration of baboons inhabit the park, which is also known for its tree-climbing lions. Bird-watchers can gaze upon nearly 400 species, including thousands of pink flamingos and yellow-billed storks.

Game drives, canoeing (when the water levels are high enough), cultural tours, forest walks and mountain bike tours are just some of the activities to partake in while at the park.


Situated just south of Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park is one of the premiere spots in Africa to view elephants. The 1,005-square-mile park boasts a large elephant population, and it is not uncommon to see herds of 300 or more bull elephants roaming the land. Another park attraction is the numerous baobab trees, including the majestic Poacher's Baobab, which has a diameter of about 33 feet and is believed to be more than 3,000 years old.

Because there are so many trees, tree-climbing is a necessity for some of the park's creatures, including lions, leopards and pythons. Other wildlife that can be seen at the park includes buffaloes, gazelles, giraffes, impalas, wildebeests, zebras and more than 550 species of birds.


Known as "Africa's Eden," the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the greatest density of wildlife found on any Tanzanian safari. It features the world's largest unbroken caldera -- a crater formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano. The Ngorongoro Crater spans 102 square miles encompassing grasslands, swamps, forests and lakes, and contains approximately 25,000 large animals.

Safari participants descend nearly 2,000 feet into the crater to observe large herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle and their predators. You may even see rare black rhinos grazing by the lakes. The area also contains the Olduvai Gorge, where famed archaeologists and anthropologists Mary and Louis Leakey discovered nearly two-million-year-old bones and tools from what some believe were the earliest humans.


An essential destination on Tanzania safaris is Serengeti National Park, the country's largest and most famous reserve. With 5,700 square miles of plains stretching as far as the eye can see, the Serengeti is home to one of the most diverse wild animal populations on Earth.
The park is also one of the best places on the continent to view lion prides. Safari guests traverse the Serengeti in four-wheel-drive vehicles to spot buffaloes, cheetahs, leopards, rhinos and more. For breathtaking sights of the game as they stir at dawn, some tour operators provide the option of an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the plains.