Tanzania Parks and Regions
Tanzania's protected areas altogether make up some 14% of the country's land area,
a conservation record that few other countries can match.
If you want to experience African wildlife in its natural habitat, there is nowhere better.
But it's not just the wildlife that attracts visitors. The stunning Indian Ocean coastline with its turquoise waters, tranquil islands, coconut palms and romantic dhows setting sail from sleepy fishing villages heading to nearby Zanzibar, offers a lovely addition to a wildlife safari.
Saadani National Park
Saadani National Park's coastal location is ideal if you're looking for both bush and beach – and is the only bush-meets-beach wildlife sanctuary in East Africa. There are about 30 species of large mammal present in Saadani, including elephants and lions, but the game drives are intimate, rarely passing another vehicle. This 1100km-square park is steeped in history, as it is located in the centre of Bagamoyo to the south, Pangani to the north and Zanzibar to the east. Relics of a long trading and cultural history can be identified, with a keen eye, around current small settlements and even within The Simply Saadani Camp. The coastal and river location features mangrove and salt flats. A fantastic area just south of Simply Saadani Camp are the salt flats and the location of Babs' Camp in the elephant Island private conservancy. This is a superb area for foot safaris studying the myriad animal prints.
Check out our Saadani - The Wilderness Beach tour
Selous Game Reserve
The size of Switzerland, the Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa and is home to one of the most significant concentrations of elephants and lions on the continent - amongst many other species. It has an exceptionally high variety of habitats including woodland, grassland and swamps. The Northern sector of this UNESCO world heritage site comprises 12% of the reserve and is set aside for photographic tourism. It remains one of the best places in Africa to see African Hunting Dogs (wild dogs) which were almost extinct in the early eighties.
Our wonderful Sable Mountain Lodge makes the perfect base to explore the Selous.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park is famous for good reason. It is the scene of the incredible annual migration of 1.5 million wildebeest, somehow sensing how to follow the greenest plains for survival. The Maasai, who have grazed their cattle here for millennia, call it ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. Of course, the wildebeest share this astounding home with many other fascinating animals, including top predators and even a few rare black rhino.
We use our unique Bush Rover Suites in The Serengeti, so you will always be at the heart of the action.
Ngorongoro National Park
Entirely deserving of its UNESCO world heritage site status, this mid-size park contains three volcanic craters, forests, gorges, bush land & savannah. The famous Ngorongoro crater, 300 million years old, 20km in diameter and 600m deep, is the world’s largest caldera. The area boasts the oldest-known hominid footprints from 3.6 million years ago, and now sets a precedent for how humans and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The wildlife in this area is stunning, diverse and abundant, giving a great chance of spotting ‘the big 5’.
Visit the famous Ngorongoro park on our Northern Parks tour
This huge lake (some 68,800km2) is the source of the River Nile. Named in 1858, by British Explorer John Speke, after his queen, Lake Victoria has since been recognised as the largest tropical lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. Its vast expanse borders Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda and is 400,000 years old. It is home to over 500 endemic fish species and the lake, with its wetlands, supports many mammal species from hippos to otters, as well as reptiles such as crocodiles and turtles. The papyrus grasses hemming parts of the lake provide a home to an abundance of bird species, which greet you each morning with their resounding melodies.
If a visit to Lake Victoria is on your wish list then our Northern Parks safari tour makes the perfect itinerary
Ok, so not a wildlife area of Tanzania, but we love these glorious islands - enswathed as they are with white sandy beaches. This archipelago embellishes the Indian Ocean 25-50km from the Tanzanian coast. The ‘spice island’ was an independent country within living memory. When Tanganyika & Zanzibar merged in 1964, Tanzania was born from both names. Zanzibar remains semi-autonomous & certainly has it’s own very special feel. Soak up the colourful culture in the capital city of Stone Town, where it is tradition to begin a building by first crafting a grandiose doorway before the rest of the building. Then, after a paddle in the warmth of Indian Ocean, enjoy a cocktail by the beach-side pool.
We have a wonderful boutique hotel right on the beach at the northern tip of Zanzibar island: The Zanzibari makes for a perfect end to your Tanzania safari holiday
Check out the Zanzibari Beach Break if you fancy a relaxing few days by the Indian Ocean