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Top Tanzania Safari Parks You Shouldn’t Miss

It’s almost always an impulse that when one thinks of going on a safari adventure, the top choices will always include Tanzania as if we’re all programmed to think it. Well, it’s natural, really; and there is absolutely no surprise why. Aside from being a staple safari country, visiting the top safari parks in Tanzania is always an adventure – whether you’re a safari neophyte or a wildlife enthusiast at that. So, if you’re looking into exploring the best of the best, here is a list of the top Tanzania safari parks you shouldn’t miss!

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Wildebeests in Serengeti

Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and probably the most popular and most photographed wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania. It is easily an absolute favorite among all who come to visit for a safari due to its unrivaled adventure and mystery as well as the mind-blowing Great Migration event, where two million strong wildebeests along with hundreds and thousands of zebras and gazelles stampede across the savannah in search for better grazing and water.

But, to only recognize Serengeti National Park because of the Great Migration would be unjust. In fact, it is believed that even if you take the migration out of the park, it would still be the finest safari park in Africa.
Serengeti National Park demonstrates an amazing mixture of ecosystems ranging from open grasslands, swamps, rocky terrains and gorgeous woodlands. It is also home to the highest concentration of large mammals in the world, including the famous Big Five; and the highest concentrations of predators in Africa, guaranteeing spectacular, adrenalin-filled predator vs prey actions. Plus, its birdlife is so impressive, you wouldn’t want to put down your binoculars!

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Giraffes in Ngorongoro

Often referred to as “The Wildlife Eden”, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies in the northern circuit of Tanzania, continuous to the world-famous Serengeti. It is best known for its resident Big Five and endangered black rhinos and also the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, Ngorongoro Crater.

The Park is a paradise of woodlands and crater lakes that provide habitats for abundant wildlife. It rises high above the plains of the Serengeti with Lake Natron in its northeast, which is a breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingoes, Lake Eyasi in its south and Lake Manyara in its east.

KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

Kilimanjaro peak

It’s hard to miss Kilimanjaro National Park in postcards and cover photos of Africa since it is where you can find one of Africa’s most iconic features, Mount Kilimanjaro. At 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. It has a year-round snow-capped peak that looms over the savannah, almost calling out for visitors to explore its splendor. Surrounding the mountain is a lush forest that hosts a wealth of mammals including endangered species like Abbots duiker.

For adventurous and physically fit travelers, a trek to the “Roof of Africa” will be an amazing opportunity to tick that off the bucket list. Luckily, there are several routes winding around the mountain (some routes are even beginner-friendly!), allowing travelers to discover the beauty of Africa from 5,895 meters high.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Flamingos in Lake Manyara

A popular stop on the way to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara is an absolute scenic gem with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. It stretches for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold vast high Rift Valley escarpment and offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

The park boasts of diverse wildlife including buffalos, giraffes, hippos, antelopes and one of the thickest baboon and elephant population in Africa but what Lake Manyara is very famous for are the thousands of flamingoes by its soda lake, huge elephant herds, and the tree-climbing lions.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Giraffes in Selous

Known as Africa’s largest natural reserve covering a vast wilderness area of over 50,000 km² plus the Rufiji River, Selous Game Reserve offers magnificent wildlife and a highly untouched, less crowded scenery. It is located in southern Tanzania and it is popular for its unique wildebeests and numerous endangered wild dogs. Selous Game Reserve is also home to the largest population of buffalos in the whole of Africa, hosting about 150,000 of them which is more than twice the entire buffalo population in all of Southern Africa.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

A neighboring park to Lake Manyara, but often skipped by tourists because it is quite off-route to the string of northern circuit safari parks, Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest park in Tanzania. It boasts of a stunning forested landscape with baobab and acacia trees peppered around it and it is famous for its migrating herds of elephants that come around June to October, which is the perfect season to see a lot of elephant mud baths. Speaking of the dry season, Tarangire National Park also has a lake that attracts about 250,000 mammals during this time.

The Big 5, sans the rhino, can also be easily spotted around the park as well as impalas, wildebeest, and zebras. When it comes to birding, Tarangire will not disappoint. It holds one of the highest numbers of birds in Tanzania, making it a paradise for twitchers, photograph lovers and first-timers alike.

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Elephants in Ruaha NP

Located in the southern circuit, Ruaha is known as the second largest national park in Tanzania. It is one of the most remote parks and is one hundred percent untouched. The park is famous for its immense concentration of lions, elephants and wild dogs.
Although not very accessible, many visitors to Ruaha say they would go visit the park again in a heartbeat. So if you fancy having the wild “all to yourself” and experience a more raw kind of adventure, Ruaha National Park should definitely be in your itinerary!

KEY TAKEAWAY

Thanks to the diverse landscape and impressive wildlife that thrives in Tanzania, it is easily one of the top safari destinations in the world. And even if each top Tanzania safari park you shouldn’t miss offer something slightly different and unique, it is warranted that a Tanzania safari is simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience – something that endows you with remarkable stories and fond memories that you won’t only treasure forever but also share to others for a very long time.

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LoveTravel259094
August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
En faisant un safari avec Hassan vous trouverez tout ce que vous êtes venus chercher.
A l'avenir si nous décidons de refaire un safari, nous voudrions repartir avec Hassan.
Myriam D
Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
Merci encore à Hassan pour ces merveilleux moments qui resterons gravés dans notre mémoire !!
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bonny l
August 6, 2023
amazing Safari experience wiz gosheni nice trip wiz our amazing guide Samir We saw all the wild animals during Safari
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FENG Y
August 6, 2023
愉快的非洲之旅 幸运的选择了gosheni Safari,我们的向导samir服务非常好,小朋友们都很喜欢他,非洲五霸除了犀牛没有看到外,其他都替我们找到了,寻找动物经验丰富,在超远的地方就能看到目标。可以在众多的车子中抢到一个很好的观赏位,办事灵活。
Vladimir T
Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
Allison B
Allison B
August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
Sukhraj S
Sukhraj S
August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
Eric W
Eric W
August 4, 2023
Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

Not only Edward spots a lot a lot of animals and birds for us, including the top 5 in the trip, he also introduces us the habitat and features of the animals and birds. We are very impressed by his rich knowledge and do enjoy listening the "stories" of the animals.

Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
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Priyank S
August 4, 2023
Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
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Banu
August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

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