Tanzania is one of Africa’s classic safari destinations, rich in natural beauty, astounding wildlife numbers, incredible beaches, and geological wonders. With more than 30% of the country's surface area under protection, this country offers diverse locations and experiences for even the most discerning of travelers.
As a destination, it is best to divide the country into three distinct regions: The Northern Safari Circuit, The Southern Safari Circuit and the coastal regions of Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar.
The Northern Safari Circuit includes Tarangire National Park, the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti Game Reserve, which is most famously known for the great wildebeest migration, during which time herds of over two million wildebeest and zebra undergo an epic annual journey in search of fresh grazing.
If you are in search of a wilder, untouched and more remote experience, The Southern Safari Circuit with Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous) and Ruaha game reserves are enticing. Far from the maddening crowds, yet with numerous luxury lodge options to choose from, the Southern Circuit will not disappoint.
And then there is the coast, with Dar-es-Salaam and the Zanzibar Archipelago offering visitors a relaxing beach and cultural experience.
"If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.”* - Karen Blixen
If you have ever dreamt of Africa, you most likely dreamt of the Serengeti. The home of the Great Migration, and most likely one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. With millions of wildebeest and zebra being the main focal point, it is an amazing sight not to be missed. This in turn attracts the attention of lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas, setting the scene for incredible dramatic encounters as species fight for survival.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thought to be the world’s largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera that isn’t filled with water. This incredibly fertile crater is home to an estimated 25 000 large animals, including elephants, lions, and black rhinos, and it offers a sanctuary to the non-migratory animals. Because of its abundance of animals, this is a sought-after luxury Safari experience requested by many visitors.
Nyerere National Park
Few reserves in Africa still conjure up the nostalgia of classical African safaris. Situated in South-Eastern Tanzania, Nyerere National Park (Formerly Selous) is Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary, covering 30 893 square kilometers. The reserve was originally named after the famous explorer and big game hunter, Frederick Courtney Selous. The region is dominated by the great Rufiji River, the largest river in Tanzania, which forms the backdrop for incredible Safari experiences, as during the dry season, the water attracts elephants, hippos, cheetah, buffalo, lions, and African wild dogs.
Ruaha National Park
Taking its name from the word Ruvaha, meaning ‘river’ in the local Hehe language, Ruaha, is Tanzania’s second-largest conservation area, covering more than 20 000 square kilometers. It is this river, combined with the Miombo woodlands, Modonya gorge, and Matopotopo swamps that makes this an incredibly game-rich park, especially during the hot dry season, when the remaining pools of water attract large herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, and African wild dog.
As this area is only accessible by air, Ruaha is considered to be one of Tanzania’s best-kept safari secrets, promising uncrowded and unhurried game viewing experiences.