Tanzania Must-See Places: Safari Parks, Reserves, Top Destinations

Tanzania is an incredible safari destination, filled with amazing landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, fascinating cultures, and unique safari lodges. Wherever you go, you’ll find opportunities for getting to know the people and cultures, immersing yourself in the ever changing landscapes, and finding yourself awestruck by everything that surrounds you.

Here are our must-see places in Tanzania, from world-famous attractions to hidden gems. Use our interactive map to help plan your trip to Tanzania, and get in touch with our African safari experts to plan your trip!

Serengeti National Park

See the Great Migration in this world-famous safari destination! You can see the Great Migration here from approximately July to October. See all of our Serengeti safari packages here.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most iconic safari destinations in Africa. A handful of luxury lodges on the crater’s rim offer breathtaking views of the crater floor and the wildlife within.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is famous for the flamingos that fill the lake each year.

Tarangire National Park

During the dry season (June to October), this park offers some of the best game viewing in Tanzania, with elephant herds up to 300 strong.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest national park and contains only a handful of lodges, so the experience feels very wild and exclusive. The park offers excellent predator sightings.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous offers incredible wildlife viewing with far fewer crowds than the Serengeti. The Rufiji River offers the opportunity for water safaris, a rarity in Tanzania.

Mahale Mountain National Park

This area is off the beaten track but extremely rewarding. With chimpanzee trekking and canoeing excursions on offer, it’s wildly different from the more popular parts of Tanzania.

Katavi National Park

Katavi is well off the beaten path, so you’ll see few other visitors. The area is known for lions, buffalo herds numbering in the thousands, and pools filled with hippo pods.

Arusha National Park

While it doesn’t offer Big 5 sightings, Arusha National Park is a great way to break up your safari circuit with something different. See black-and-white colobus monkeys and hundreds of bird species in a breathtakingly beautiful setting with few visitors.