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.
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