Below are just some of the best destinations to visit in Tanzania. It's almost impossible to visit all of these, and when you immerse yourself in the country you will find many more great places to visit depending on your preference of activity and climate.
The famous Ngorongoro Crater is also sometimes referred to as the world's largest natural zoo. With its large wildlife populations you are guaranteed to see cheetahs, lions and in the distance the great rhinoceros. A crater visit is a must for anyone traveling the northern safari circuit.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti is recognised as one of the most important wildlife reserves in the world. It contains the world's largest herds of hoofed animals in the wild. The park is especially well known for the migration of approximately a million brindled gnus and zebras. If you visit in the right season, you might get a front-seat view of this unique spectacle. The exact location of the main herd of gnus and zebras cannot be predicted exactly. But even if you miss the long treks of the wildebeest, you can be certain of seeing wildlife like lions and cheetahs and if you're lucky, a leopard.
Zanzibar is a unique tropical island just of the coast near Dar es Salaam. There are many beaches, beautiful diving and, of course, Stone Town, the old town centre which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Please read more on our Zanzibar page.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara. The park is also famous for its large number of elephants, baobab trees and tree-climbing lions.
Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones – Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira – is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level. Surrounding the mountain is Kilimanjaro National Park. It is fantastic for walks, bird-watching and spectacular scenery. For those who are adventurous, there are several tracks leading to the peak, which will take you between five and eight days.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 13,000 square kilometres. It is located in the middle of Tanzania, about 130 kilometres from Iringa. Most often, it is reached by plane but it is well worth the drive by car. The great Ruaha River is the source of life in this immense park.