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Tanzania in East Africa has to be right up there on any safari enthusiast's bucket list. It offers many game parks, such as the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, both teeming with wildlife and the site of the annual wildebeest migration.
Zanzibar is a popular holiday destination, both on its own and as an add-on to a safari in Tanzania. There is a wide range of accommodation available in both the bustling historic city of Stone Town and on the islands. From basic accommodation for backpackers and those on a budget to high-end luxury on secluded, private islands, there's something to suit every traveller's needs and budget.
Mahale Mountains National Park
Mahale Mountain National Park is remote, offering visitors an uncrowded safari on the shores of the crystal clear Lake Tanganyika. Accommodation is in luxurious tented camps on the beach, most with beautiful views across the lake. The forests behind offer wonderful walks to see the famous Mahale chimpanzees, and much more.
Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park is situated in the far southwest of Tanzania, making it a bit more of an effort to get to and ensuring that safaris here are uninterrupted by other humans or safari vehicles. Due to its remoteness, there are also not many camps, allowing for a bit more exclusivity. Camps are tented and relatively small. This is real African bush; uncrowded, untamed and unhurried.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania's best-kept secrets. With a minimum of camps within the park, safaris are unhurried and often you may encounter no other humans on safari - just how it should be! Known for its huge elephant population and large prides of lion, be sure to bring your camera.
Selous Game Reserve
Within Africa's largest protected reserve, accommodation in Selous ranges from basic campsites and fly-camping to upmarket lodges. Many of the camps close during the wet season, as roads become impassable. During the dry season, this is a prime game viewing reserve, with an abundance of animals gathering around the water sources.
Phinda Private Game Reserve
There are several excellent lodges (six in total) within Phinda Private Reserve's 23,000 hectares of pristine African bush. It's an area blessed with a varied and diverse habitat, particularly known for its healthy populations of cheetah, both black and white rhino and magnificent nyala antelope.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is one of Tanzania's top destinations. And for good reason. Vast plains, hilly outcrops and acacia woodlands provide habitats for an incredible array of wildlife and hosts The Great Migration. There are plenty of places to stay to suit all budgets and taste from basic campsites to tented safari camps and high-end luxury lodges.
Ndutu Area (Ngorongoro)
Joining with the Serengeti in the north, the plains of Ndutu form part of the annual circular route of the Great Migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and antelope fill the grasslands during calving season, followed closely by the predators that prey on them.
Greater Serengeti Migration Area
This area is known for the Great Migration, the annual circular route followed by millions of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and the predators who prey on them. It covers a vast tract of land including a number of the worlds most famous game parks.
Ngorongoro Karatu Area
Karatu is situated just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation area in the beautiful highlands, dotted with lush coffee plantations. The area offers visitors a wealth of activities, not least game drives into the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater with its spectacular scenery and large concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five and the critically endangered black rhino.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking place, with its steep sides and vast grassland in its bowl. It provides visitors with incredible wildlife viewing in a setting about as spectacular as is physically possible. While there is no accommodation on the crater floor, there are a number of luxury lodges balanced around its rim, giving incredible views across the crater floor and providing instant access to the crater floor for day time game drives.