INQUIRE NOW

Send us an Inquiry & we will revert shortly

The Most Popular Destinations To Visit In Tanzania

Located in East Africa, Tanzania is known as one of the premier safari destinations in the whole world offering travelers the opportunity to witness the famous “Big Five”, the Great Migration which is an annual spectacular and the towering mountains including Mount Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain on the planet.

Tanzania has many fascinating destinations which are amazing to visit, here is the list to the most popular destinations to visit in this beautiful country referred to as the Canvas of Natural Beauty.

  1. Serengeti National Park

The Iconic Serengeti National Park is one of the world’s most famous wildlife parks located in northern Tanzania and spanning across an impressive 15,000 square kilometers. The park is home to the most spectacular wildlife on earth including the Big Five and is host to the Great Migration.

Serengeti National Park is named after the Maasai word “Siringet” meaning “endless plains”, the park is home to highest concentration of plain game in Africa and it features a remarkable “super pride” of 22 lions in Central Serengeti. Serengeti also boats over 500 bird species including grey crowned crane, Kori bustard, and Rufous-tailed weaver.

Highlights of a Serengeti Safari is witnessing the Mara and Grumeti River crossing as animals navigate the challenging waters during their epic journey.

Tanzania Safari Activities to do in Serengeti National Park include balloon safaris, game drive safaris, witness the Great Migration, walking safaris, camping safaris, cultural safaris

  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Situated west of Arusha City, Ngorongoro Conservation Area covering about 8,292 square kilometers is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 thanks to its impressive Ngorongoro Crater - the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world.

Ngorongoro Crater is home to diverse wildlife population of around 25,000 animals including ungulate, four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros) and other large animals.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is famous for hosting one of the densest population of Masai lions and plays a vital role in supporting the Great Migration of wildebeests and other herbivores.

Tanzania safari activities to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area include game drive safaris, walking safaris, birding safaris, photography safaris and cultural visits to Maasai Villages.

  • Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is a wilderness escape covering an area of 20,000 square kilometers, this remote park become Tanzania’s largest national park in 2008 when it merged with the nearby Usangu Game Reserve and is home to around 10% of the world’s lion population and ranks third in Africa for its wild dog population.

Ruaha National Park is rich with wildlife including over 10,000 elephants, about 30,000 buffaloes, over 20,000 zebras and various other animals as well as 400 bird species.

Tanzania Safari activities to do in Ruaha National Park include game drives safari, walking safaris, boat safaris, cultural visits and night safaris.

  • Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park – Elephant Haven and Home of Iconic Baobab trees is located in the northeastern Tanzania, close to Arusha covering an area of 2,850 square kilometers.

The park is named after the Tarangire River which flows through the park, Tarangire is well known for its diverse wildlife especially its large elephant population including impressive tuskers, the also hosts wildlife migration which includes wildebeests, elephants, gazelles, zebras, hartebeests and buffaloes moving to Tarangire River during the dry season.

This annual migration attracts predators and bird enthusiasts, also the park is home to the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinos.

Tanzania Safari activities to do in Tarangire National Park include game drive safari, walking safari, night game drives and balloon safaris.

  • Dar Es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam crowned “The House of Peace” is the Tanzania largest city, located on the east coast of Africa and is a major commercial and financial hub. The city is known for its bustling atmosphere, diverse culture and vibrant markets.

Originally a fishing village in the mid-19th century, the city has transformed into a popular tourist destination boasting significant ports and trading centers.

Dar Es Salaam offers a range of attractions, from its stunning beaches along the Indian Ocean to its historical landmarks and museums and acts as a gateway to Tanzania’s famous national parks. Visitors to the city can immerse themselves in Tanzania’s cultural heritage at places like the National Museum and Village Museum. For a taste of authentic local life, the bustling Kariakoo Market provides a colorful and lively experience.

  • Zanzibar

The capitivating islands of Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, just over 15 miles from Tanzania’s coast. The island is famous for its stunning beaches like Nungwi, Kendwa and Paje as well as its rich history and unique blend of African and Arab culture.

The historic Stone Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its fascinating architecture and historical significance.

Things to do in Zanzibar include guided walk in Stone Town, visiting people’s Palace, eating at the Rock Restaurant, swimming in the dolphins in Matemwe, forested walk in Jozani Forest, beach experience at Mtende Beach, Kendwa Beach, Spice Tour, visiting Darajani Market and Forodhani Gardens.

  • Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is located in the Great Rift Valley Region of Tanzania covering about 330 square kilometers, the park gets its name from Lake Manyara – an alkaline lake which covers a significant portion of the park.

Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its diverse wildlife especially the large elephant herds and the rare tree climbing lions, the park is home to four of the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard) expect for rhinos.

Lake Manyara National Park is also home to cheetahs, Masai giraffe, impala, olive baboon, blue monkeys, bushbucks, klipspringer and hippos. The park is also a birder’s haven hosting over 400 bird species including thousands of pink flamingoes near the lake’s shores.

Tanzania Safari activities to do in Lake Manyara National Park include game drive safari, canoeing, walking safaris, bird watching safari and night safaris

  • Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Stretching around the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is situated in northeast Tanzania covering an area of about 1,688 square kilometers. The park is famous for Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest point reaching 5895 meters at its peak.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is famously known for mountain climbing adventures attracting travelers from all over the world to conquer Africa’s highest peak.

Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s Rooftop has three volcanic cones – Mawenzi, Kibo and Shira making it one of the Earth’s largest volcanoes.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park features various vegetation zones from lower slopes and montane forests to heath and moorland, alpine desert and the summit. The park is home to diverse wildlife habitat including cape buffaloes, elephants, blue monkeys, eastern black and white colobuses, bush babies and leopards among others.

Tanzania Safari activities to do in Mount Kilimanjaro National Park include Mountain climbing, Mountain Cycling, Game Drive, Nature walking safaris, long walking safaris,

  • Nyerere National Park

Spanning 30,893 square kilometers, Nyerere National Park located in Southeastern Tanzania is the largest standalone national park in Africa and one of the world’s largest protected areas. This park is greatly unexplored thanks to its immense size and is famous for its abundant wildlife.

Nyerere National Park hosts a dense population of various wildlife species including the iconic Big Five – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos, hippos, giraffe, endangered wild dogs, sable antelopes and around 450 species of birds recorded.

Tanzania Safari activities to do in Nyerere National Park include game drive safari, walking safaris, boat safari in Rufiji river, fishing, hot air balloon and fly camping.

  1. Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park located near Morogoro in Tanzania is a vast wildlife reserve that borders the famous Selous Game Reserve covering 3,230 square kilometers, the spectacular destination provides opportunities to encounter four of the big five animals excluding the rhinos.

The Mkata floodplain in the park is a great place to observe majestic lions, the floodplains also has a thriving population of African wild Dogs, a sizable eland population and unique midget elephants distinct from larger African elephants found elsewhere.

In size, Mikumi National Park is the fourth – largest park in Tanzania. In addition to the Big Five, the park is home to a unique giraffe species that is the Masaai and reticulated giraffe and over 400 bird species.

Tanzania Safari activities to do in Mikumi National Park include game drive safaris, walking safaris, night safaris, bird watching safaris among others.

  1. Gombe Stream National Park

Situated in Tanzania’s Kigoma Region, Gombe Stream Natioonal Park is the smallest national park in Tanzania at just 35 square kilometers. The park is highly significant and is closely linked to the renowned primatologist Jane Goodall who groundbreaking research transformed our understanding of primates as well as wildlife conservation.

Gombe Stream National Park is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

The wild chimpanzees are the highlight of Gombe Stream National Park and offers a special chance to see the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community, the park is also home to a lively primate population including beachcomber olive baboons, red colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys and vervet monkeys among other various wildlife.

Tanzania safari activities to do in Gombe Stream National Park include chimpanzee tracking experience, guided nature walks and hiking safaris, boat safaris, visiting Kakombe waterfall among others.

  1. Jambian Village

Jambian Village is a collection of villages located on the southeastern coast of Zanzibar which is part of the Unguja Island, the village is known for its stunning beaches where visitors can enjoy a relaxed beach holiday.

Jambian Village is a perfect destination for travelers seeking for a relaxed and slow-paced life amidst the tropical beauty of Tanzania, the village was originally an old fishing village and is a great example of sustainable development and tourism.

Things to do in Jambian Village include spending a day at Jambian Beach, visiting Kuza Cave, Dhow Sailing, visiting Paje Beach and guided walk in Jozani Forest among others.

  1. Arusha National Park

Situated northeast of Arusha City, Arusha National Park spans around 552 square kilometers featuring the fifth highest mountain in Tanzania – Mount Meru. This spectacular park is famous for its diverse wildlife particularly the world’s largest giraffe population, though it has no Big Five, the park is home to plenty of other wildlife species including cape buffaloes, elephants, hippos and zebras among others.

Climbing Mount Meru is a highlight activity in Arusha National Park, other things to do in the park include game drive safaris, walking safaris, canoeing safaris at Momella Lake and Ngurdoto Crater.

  1. Arusha City

Often dubbed the “Safari Capital” of Tanzania, Arusha City is a beautiful small town nestled in the country’s northern region. Arusha is where most safari to the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit start from including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and exploring the famous national parks – Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park.

Arusha City has a number of amazing sites you can visit including The Cultural Heritage Centre, Arusha National Park, Lake Natron, Uhuru Torch Monument among others.

Have you been interested in visiting any of these destinations on a Tanzania safari or have you picked interest in any of these destinations? Reach out and let us plan your visit to Tanzania with Mantis Africa Safaris.

Other posts to read

rwanda
Reasons to visit Rwanda
Top 8 things to see & Do in Rwanda
Tanzania
When to Go To Tanzania on Safari

Send us an Inquiry & we will revert shortly