From the legendary Serengeti to lions and leopards lounging in the trees of Tarangire National Park, where to go in Tanzania is easy with our tailor-made safaris

The northern circuit’s Serengeti is Tanzania’s headline act. Its beautiful backdrop is one of the most mesmerising in the world; it’s prime cheetah country; home to the Great Migration; there are all-day game drives and sundowners in your luxury tented camp; and lions are a year-round certainty. It’s the perfect place for first-time safari-goers. Coming a close second is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ngorongoro Crater where watering holes call lions, zebra and gazelle to graze in the midday sun. East Africa’s secret spots are also a huge draw. Lake Manyara’s blue monkey and baboon hide out in the acacia lined forest as the Rift Valley towers 600 meters behind and Tarangire National Park  – named after the river that runs through it – may be small in size but is large on beautiful baobab trees, huge herds of elephant (over 2000) and over 500 species of bird. The southern circuit’s Selous and Ruaha bring extraordinary experiences with boat safaris on the Rufiji River getting you electrifyingly close to the Big Five. We recommend this region if you’re on a second or third safari visit looking for an exceptional, off-the-beaten track experience. Top it all off with a beachfront break on Zanzibar’s Indian Ocean beaches where luxury all-pool villas are the perfect complement for tired, post-safari limbs.

Our recommendations for the best places to visit in Tanzania

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Serengeti

A cloud of dust billows up over the acacia-sprinkled plains as a million or more hooves thunder along a well-trodden path, guided by instinct. Apex pr...

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Ngorongoro Crater

Created by the collapse of a volcano over two million years ago, the extraordinary volcanic landscape of Ngorongoro is rich and fertile – and home to ...

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Zanzibar

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town
  • Spice farms
  • Stunning palm-fringed beaches

The Zanzibar archipelago is a jewel in the Indian Ocean, just 60 miles off Africa's east coast. Few names evoke such a romantic image as the main ‘spi...

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Selous

The Selous is all about a wild, authentic safari experience, full of adventure and the charm of days gone by. As Africa’s largest game reserve, it is ...

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Tarangire

Dense bushland with ancient Baobab trees, unspoilt Tarangire is dominated by the impressive valley of the Tarangire River. This wide open park experie...

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Mount Kilimanjaro

With its snowcapped peaks dominating the landscape, it is impossible to miss the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest and most famous mountai...

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Arusha

Close to the foot of Mount Meru, at an altitude of 1300 metres, Arusha is lush and green. Gateway to the ‘northern circuit’ national parks (including ...

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Lake Manyara

This small yet scenic park is home to incredible herds of elephant, birdlife, pods of wallowing hippo and amazing tree climbing lions.

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Ruaha

Ruaha is the destination for a safari away from the crowds. Its vast landscape is primarily rugged, semi-arid bush country, bordered by the Great Ruah...

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