The moment you figure out what time of year you’d like to have your safari in Tanzania, it’s time to figure out which parks to include in your trip.

Sights to look forward to

No safari to Tanzania would be complete without visiting two of its major attractions: Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous wildernesses in the world and plays host to the Wildebeest Migration for the greater part of the year.

Ndutu region home to the annual calving season, however, the Seronera region of Central Serengeti is one of the most visited corners of the park due to its enormous cat population.

The Grumeti Region in the park’s west is home to the often overlooked Grumeti River crossing each year.

From July to August, Northern Serengeti is home to the apex drama of the Mara River crossings. This area of the park is really popular at this time of year.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Descending to the bottom of Ngorongoro Crater is every bit as iconic as a game drive out on the plains of the Serengeti.
This is also home to the largest rhinoceros population in Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater is also an awesome place to gaze upon lions, elephants, buffalo, hyenas, hippos, and so much more.

Although it is Tanzania’s most expensive park, its amazing game viewing and its strategic location between the Serengeti and Arusha makes it a must see in any Tanzania itinerary.

Worth The Price And View

While Ngorongoro and the Serengeti are without question Tanzania’s most popular parks, the twin parks of Lake Manyara and Tarangire are also worthwhile inclusions to your Tanzania Safari.

In summary, nearby Lake Eyasi offers an unforgettable cultural experience.

Lake Manyara National Park

Known for its tree-climbing lions and variety of bird life, Lake Manyara National Park is an exceptionally charming park during the rainy season, its waters are home to wallowing hippos and very colourful flamingos.

This is one of the few places in Tanzania where you can actually go on a canoe safari or a night game drive, Lake Manyara is an amazing stop off between Arusha and Ngorongoro.

Tarangire National Park

With its unique baobab trees and unarguably the largest elephant population, Tarangire National Park is one of Tanzania’s most unique parks.

Especially during the dry season when its population gathers along the banks of the Tarangire River, the park is an amazing place to see lions, elephants, baboons, giraffes, and zebra.

Lake Eyasi

While it is not a national park, Lake Eyasi is nonetheless a popular addition to Tanzanian safari itineraries.

Home to the Hadzabe people, Lake Eyasi offers visitors to Tanzania a unique opportunity to interact with one of Tanzania’s most ancient and fascinating cultures.

The Hadzabe maintain their hunter-gatherer lifestyle despite Tanzania’s rapid development, and visitors can embark on a hunting expedition with the Hadzabe as well as experiencing village life.

It Is Worth Your Time

Many visitors to Tanzania only have 5 – 7 days to spend on safari, but for those with a little extra time, there is certainly plenty to hold your attention.

Arusha National Park

While Arusha National Park cannot boast the large mammals such as elephants or predators such as leopards and lions, the park is nonetheless a popular addition to Tanzania safari tours.

The only place in Tanzania where it is possible to have a game drive, a walking safari, or a canoe safari in the same place – Arusha National Park’s lack of predators makes it a charming prospect.

Bird-watchers and fans of primates are in for a treat, as the park is home to birds and monkeys found nowhere else in Tanzania.

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Lake Natron
Famous for its volcanic landscape, Lake Natron is also a popular option for those wishing to see Africa’s brightly coloured flamingos.

While the area has less wildlife and fewer lodges than other areas of the country, Lake Natron’s proximity to the Serengeti and its unique landscape make it a popular choice.

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Mount Kilimanjaro
Not everybody who visits Tanzania aspires to climb Africa’s highest mountain, but it’s perfectly possible to visit the ‘Roof of Africa’ without having to climb it.

Tours of the nearby town of Marangu offer a nice change of pace for those with an interest in Tanzanian culture, while the more athletic can enjoy a one day guided hike on the mountain.

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Empaakai Crater
For those wishing to get out of the car and stretch their legs, Empaakai Crater within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a popular choice.

Accompanied by an armed ranger, you’ll wander to the rim of Empaakai Crater before descending to the shores of Lake Empaakai.

Along the way, you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of bird and animal life.

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The Wildebeest Migration
The Wildebeest Migration is an annual movement of more than 1,000,000 Wildebeest and zebras from the Ndutu region of the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara and back.

A hugely popular event each year, the Migration moves across the Serengeti and can be seen throughout the year.

The best place to see this huge herd of animals in the Serengeti, with the herd being in different parts of the park at different times. While it’s impossible to predict exactly where the herd will be on any given day, a rough guideline would be:

December – March: Ndutu, Southern Serengeti
April – May: Grumeti, Western Serengeti
June – July: Seronera, Central Serengeti
July – September/October: Lobo/Kogatende, Northern Serengeti
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The Big Five
The Big Five are Africa’s most iconic animals – the elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, and cape buffalo.

Named for how difficult they were to hunt, these days people prefer to hunt these majestic animals with their cameras instead.

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