Tanzania Parks & Game Reserves

Serengeti National Park

  • Area: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles)

Tanzanias oldest and most popular national park, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomsons gazelle join the wildebeests trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti

Tarangire National Park

  • Area: 2,600 sq km (1,005 sq miles)

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The national park is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals

Ngorongoro Conservancy

  • Area: 8,292 sq kms (3,202 sq miles)

The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. The Ngorongoro crater is a deep, volcanic caldera about 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

Lake Manyara National Park

  • Area: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km

Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.

Ruaha National Park

  • Area: 10,300 sq km (3,980 sq miles)

Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzanias famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) which can not be found in any other national park.

Selous National Park

Secluded and off the beaten track, the Selous Game Reserve offers visitors a slice of undisturbed wilderness, teeming with a spectacular array of fauna and flora. It was declared a World Heritage Site due to its dramatic landscapes and great diversity of wildlife.

Zanzibar Island

  • Area: 1,666 sq kms (643 sq miles)

The Zanzibar archipelago is set in the Indian Ocean and made up of the larger islands of Pemba and Unguja (also called Zanzibar Island). Zanzibar is also known as the 'Spice Island' due to the delicious variety of spices grown on the islands many plantations. Stone Town is a declared World Heritage Site.

Mikumi National Park

  • Area: 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles)

This is Tanzania's fourth-largest national park, and the most accessible from Dar es Salaam. With almost guaranteed year-round wildlife sightings, Mikumi makes an ideal safari destination for those without much time. Within its 3230 sq km Mikumi hosts buffaloes, wildebeests, giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, leopards, crocodiles and more, and chances are high that you'll see a respectable sampling of these.