Serengeti National Park
Tanzania’s oldest, second largest and most popular national park, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Serengeti is known for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the best game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
The Ngorongoro Crater, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in northern Tanzania near the Serengeti. The crater is an enormous unbroken caldera, the result of a volcano which collapsed upon itself millions of years ago. The flat crater floor is now home to 30,000 animals, including wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelles, and leopards, as well as one of the densest known populations of lions.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a scenic park located an hour and a half west of Arusha. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. Jungle-like forest, grassy floodplain and acacia woodland legendary for its tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Other common animals include zebra, wildebeest, gerenuk, waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.