Tanzania is Africa’s visual masterpiece. It is a country of magnificent natural splendour, astounding wildlife, seductive beaches, charming ancient towns, ancient archaeological sites and geological wonders.

  • Serengeti National Park. Arguably the best national park in Tanzania, it hosts the annual Great Migration as well as accommodates the Big Five of Africa. Part of Serengeti ecosystem, it covers a humongous 14,700 square kilometres.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This protected area of Ngorongoro is an ideal place to spot nature at its best free from human involvement. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the variety in landscape, vegetation, and animal population makes this park unique.
  • Mikumi National Park. On par with Serengeti in terms of landscape diversity, Mikumi is fourth largest national park hosting a rich flora and fauna. It aligns perfectly with the Tanzanian tourism route making it easily accessible.
  • Selous Game Reserve. The biggest faunal reserve in the world which is also home to 2,000 plant species is one of the only hunting grounds in Tanzania. Trophy hunting includes elephants, hippopotamus, zebras, lions, leopards et cetera.
  • Zanzibar. If you’re a beachgoer and somewhat done with the usual mainland Tanzania landscapes, then you should head straight to the islands of Zanzibar and Mafia which have got the real treat of coral reefs and diverse marine life.

Best time to travel to Tanzania

The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February. The southern and western circuit parks are best visited during the Dry season (June to October), unlike the more popular northern circuit parks that can be visited year-round. Tarangire is the only exception since its wildlife viewing is considerably better in the Dry season as well.

Why you may love it:

  • Ideal place for viewing the annual Great Migration.

  • Varied and vivid landscapes.

  • 38% of land is reserved for protected areas and has 16 national parks.

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and Mount Meru, third highest, ideal for trekking and mountaineering.

  • Incredible beach destinations, perfect for scuba diving.