Tanzania is an amazing safari destination with its beautiful parks and game reserves. Each of these wildlife sanctuaries are unique and offer special taste of adventure. To make it easy to get the very best of the destination, a safari in Tanzania can be divided into several sections popularly called as Circuits.
They are Northern, Western and Southern. The Northern circuit is the most popular as it featured award winning parks such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Mount Kilimanjaro. The Southern circuit includes the less visited Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Western Circuit attractions of Mahale and Katavi offers the ultimate off the beaten Tanzania safari experience.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world.
With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, the park remains a resting place for the “big 5 and surely one of the greatest concentrations of plains game in Africa.
For many, the drive into the centre of the Crater is the highlight of their Tanzania safari. After a beautiful descent down the crater rim, passing lush rainforest and thick vegetation, the flora opens to grassy plains that spread across the crater floor.
Lake Manyara National Park though small, is the real Cinderella of Tanzania Safaris and parks. It is often overlooked and underrated but this gem was described by Ernest Hemingway as ‘the loveliest place I have ever seen’ when he set eyes on it.
Best known for its elephant herds and tree-climbing lions, Tarangire is home to all the classic African savannah species plus a few unusual ones – such as the long-necked gerenuk – that you won’t see in the Serengeti. It’s home to all the big predators and with 550 species of bird on the tick list, it’s a fabulous destination for bird watchers.
Selous Game Reserve
This wild and unspoilt game reserve in southern Tanzania boasts an enticing mix of abundant wildlife and varied terrain to explore.
Spanning a vast 50,000 square kilometers, Selous is home to just a handful of small safari camps, ensuring an exclusive safari experience. Selous safaris are just spectacular.
Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. It is one of the few wilderness areas where one can have a rare experience of game viewing coupled with the stunning landscape.
Ruaha is rich in wildlife such as the Greater Kudu that is not found in any other park.
Crowned by one fifth of the ice in Africa, the ‘Shining Mountain’ is the Mecca of every amateur climber in the world and is easily conquered by nearly 70,000 people every year.
Set in its own 755 square-kilometre park, Kilimanjaro offers lowland forest, heather moorlands, montane desert and an arctic summit.