What to see
Tanzania is dotted with a number of wild reserves.
However, the most famous park of the region is undoubtedly Serengeti, renowned for its annual wildebeest migration. This native land of the Maasai tribe is home to millions of wild animals. Serengeti is perhaps the best game viewing spot in Africa.
Kilimanjaro National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain peak in Africa, is located in Tanzania. Every year thousands of people arrive in the Kilimanjaro National Park to scale the 5895 m high mountain peak.
The mountain peak, situated on top of the Equator is covered with snow throughout the year. Kilimanjaro is encircled by a lush rainforest, inhabited by leopards, lions, elephants and colobus monkeys.
Lake Manyara National Park
This famous National Park of Tanzania is nestled between the Great Rift Valley escarpment and Lake Manyara. The lake is home to over 400 species of birds. Lake Manyara National Park is also renowned for the hippos, elephants, buffaloes, impala, giraffe and tree-climbing lions.
Arusha National Park
The dry season, between July and March, is the best time to visit Arusha National Park. Located 35 km away from Kilimanjaro airport and 130 km from Manyara National Park, Arusha is noted for its diverse flora and fauna.
Moreover, the park displays diverse landscapes including vast plains, forest moorlands and lava desert. You can scale the 4566 m tall Mount Meru.
Ruaha National Park
Covering an area of 40,000 sq km, Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Africa. While exploring the undulating landscape of Ruaha you can spot lions, elephants, cheetahs, ostriches and the African wild dogs.
Saadani National Park
This is the sole National Park in Tanzania with a beach.
This is the only place in Tanzania where you can see the aquatic antelope. Rubondo is a popular destination for bird watchers.
Tanzania safari tips
While exploring the wilderness of Tanzania remember to drink plenty of water. The hot tropical sun could easily dehydrate you. However, avoid drinking tap water. Always carry bottled water on your trip.
Also, do not forget to carry insect repellents. Use mosquito repellents during the night, when the malaria causing mosquitoes are most active.