Meet 3 incredible safari locations in Tanzania
It is time for you to meet 3 incredible safari locations in Tanzania! Imagine waking up amid deep red and purple skies in a glammed-up tent while the whispers of the wild twirl with the warm, tropical breeze. After sipping some locally grown coffee, you’ll hop in a 4×4 and drive through the safari plains as the animals wake up and flock to nearby water sources and roam the vast plains. There’s something magical about witnessing the famed Big Five—lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, African buffalo—interacting in their natural habitat.
To revel in a similar experience described above, consider booking a safari tour in Tanzania in one of the locations described below!
Serengeti National Park
One of the most popular wildlife viewing destinations on Earth, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park stretches across 14,763 sq km, and a surplus of animals call this place home. Expect to see the Big Five, along with an array of bird species, with around 500 soaring through the open sky. A visit to the Serengeti offers a massive chance of spotting the big five—as well as monkeys, hippos, and crocodiles. If you’re here between May and July, you’ll likely get a chance to witness the Great Migration, where wildebeest, accompanied by gazelle and zebras, commence their 800km long journey.
But the mammals aren’t the only wonders decorating this park: the scenery here is phenomenal. The range of landscapes—woodland, rocky terrain, and grassland—peppered with acacia trees create an image that’s nothing short of spectacular.
While the Serengeti is a tourist hotspot, the vast space will diminish any overcrowded feeling!
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
From afar, Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts a sweeping green landscape that’s dramatic, indescribable, and breathtaking all in one. The reason for its undeniably magical scenery is that it’s set in a massive volcanic crater. Don’t worry, though—it hasn’t been active for millions of years. If you go here without seeing any animals, the scenery is almost potent enough to stave off any disappointment. But that won’t happen as a large concentration of lions flock here, making it likely that you’ll spot one of these majestic, exotic, powerful mammals. A visit here may increase your chance of spotting a black rhino—more so than any other park.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area may not have the same range of animals as the Serengeti, but you’re almost guaranteed to spot some of your favourites roaming the mystical volcanic landscape.
Tarangire National Park
One of the smaller parks in Tanzania, Tarangire National Park is less frequented than the other two parks on this list. Still, the off-the-beaten location adds a layer of fun and adventure to your safari experience. The avid explorers will appreciate the walking safaris followed by a fly camping experience. That’s right. Spend the night under the spectacle of stars lighting up the sky while the wild animals provide eerie white noise in the background!
The Big Five also roam Tarangire National Park, and herds of elephants flock here between June and October. Lining the landscape sits a collection of baobab and acacia trees, adding a quintessential East African look to the safari plain.
Best city to stay in to visit these parks?
The closest major city to these parks is Arusha. While it will still take 2.5-4.5 hours (minimum and depending on your form of on-land transportation) to reach these parks from Arusha, this city is a great place to stay before and after your safari explorations. While Arusha is one of the more popular tourist cities, the nearby wonders make it a fun spot to spend a few days exploring.
A great day trip is visiting the remote Chemka Hot Springs, where you can rope swing into warm (not hot) bright blue waters! Mount Meru, located in Arusha National Park, also casts an imposing shadow on the city and is an excellent alternative trek to Kilimanjaro. You’ll even get a chance to spot wildlife as you climb Mount Meru, such as zebras, buffalos, giraffes, and elephants.
Arusha is also a great place to catch a glimpse of Tanzanian culture!
Tanzania is a world-renowned destination for epic safaris, and several families, couples, and solo travellers visit this East African country without encountering any problems. Most safari experiences include glamping with tasty meals, but if you want a more rugged, create-your-own-adventure exploration, you can always piece together your own safari trip. However, booking a tour with an experienced company is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll spot the wildlife you want to see while also relaxing in super comfortable spots when the stars sweep the night sky.