Tanzania is absolutely one of the countries with the most exciting national parks. It is the only country in the world that has devoted one-third of its land to wildlife conservation. With 16 national parks, 3 game reserves and two marine reserves, there is a great variety to choose from.

Northern Circuit

Most travellers visit the Northern Circuit for the incredible density of wildlife and sublime beauty. This includes the famous Serengeti – where you can witness the world’s largest overland migration of mammals. Not to mention the impressive Kilimanjaro and the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater – Africa’s Garden of Eden. However there are also some lovely smaller parks, like elephant and bird paradise Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the flamingo hotspot Lake Natron.

Southern and Western Circuit

The Southern and Western Circuit are the places for more experienced or adventurous travellers who want to take the road less travelled. These parts of the country offer an authentic ‘wild’ experience with views almost for yourself. In the south you will find pristine national parks like Ruaha and Selous. Here you can explore the Rufiji River with its many hippos, crocodiles and beautiful birdlife. The ‘wild west’ of Tanzania is the most remote and least visited part of the country. Step back in time and discover Katavi National park, one of the few places on earth where you can see more lions than people. Or get up close to wild chimpanzees in the remote Mahale Mountains, at the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika.

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