What are the Best Tanzania Safari Attractions?
As Tanzania offers such a variety and scope of attractions, deciding where to go on safari in this remarkable country can be a challenge!
The fabled Serengeti National Park is the cornerstone of the northern circuit safari and home to an inordinate amount and variety of wildlife, including supporting 30 percent of the world's lion population. It is here that the Great Wildebeest Migration originates, as 2 million wildebeest and gazelle continually move in their quest for fresh grazing, better quality water and rebirth. Nearby is another Tanzanian safari icon, Ngorongoro Crater which is the remains of an imploded caldera and literally a wildlife Garden of Eden, with incredible numbers and great variety of game and bird's.
Still in Tanzania's northern circuit are Lake Manyara National Park, famed for tree climbing lions and migratory flamingos, and Tarangire National Park, excellent to visit as a first stop-off on a northern circuit safari. Both however, are overshadowed by the Great Rift Valley, which looms up dramatically next to these parks from the bottom of Lake Eyasi.
A visitor to Tanzania should also consider the southern circuit, encompassing the immense and untamed Selous Game Reserve, remote wildlife reserves such as Ruaha National Park and Katavi National Park. If you prefer an isolated Safari experience, more remote, greater distances (flying between reserves is optional) fewer tourists, than this sort of Safari experience is possibly the best option.
With so many attractions to consider for a Tanzanian safari, it is easy to overlook the sedate pleasures of the Islands of Zanzibar, and the balmy east African beaches. At 5895m, Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and certainly worth viewing, (and even climbing!)
For more insight on where to go in Tanzania and all the best attractions, read our advice on the optimal seasons to travel in Tanzania, as this will strongly influence your destination options.