Safaris in the northern Tanzania

Historically, Northern Tanzania was the country's first safari area and arguably the most famous as well. With sights such as the Ngorongoro Crater, the vast Serengeti and of course the annual wildebeests migration, it is no wonder that it attracts such a high volume of visitors each year.

However, many of our regular travellers want to visit these great parks and reserves – whilst avoiding the worst tourist hotspots. This has been a difficult task, but over a number of detailed research trips, we've reviewed virtually everything that's on offer in these areas. As ever, there are many mediocre places and areas – but a few really do shine through. It is still possible to visit remote areas of the Serengeti, and have the migration to yourself!

So read on for all the options and then talk to us for advice about your trip.

Lake Manyara National Park
This small, yet spectacular park sits between the Great Rift Valley's steep Western escarpment and the parks namesake, a shallow alkaline lake. It is easily accessible from Arusha by 4WD.
More info on Lake Manyara National Park.

Tarangire National Park

At its best Tarangire is an excellent park, with abundant game and a variety of bird species it will satisfy most appetites. Much of it is also quieter, with few people reaching the southern regions where you can still find a sense of 'wilderness.
More info on Tarangire National Park

Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Tanzania's wildlife showpiece, the Ngorongoro Crater has breath-taking views and phenomenal game. Look out for elephants, buffalo and Rhino on the crater floor; the large lion population is far from camera shy.
More info on Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti National Park
The enormity of the Serengeti's ecosystem encompasses many different reserves and overwhelming amounts of game. Many areas are very busy; others are harder to reach, but worth the effort for their exclusivity. Catching the best of the migration is a science in itself.
More info on Serengeti

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