Almost a quarter of Tanzania is protected within national parks and these important conservation areas are the focus of Tanzania safari holidays. The Serengeti, Selous, Lake Manyara and Tarangire are a few of the best known parks, all offering superb wildlife viewing amid dreamy African landscapes.
Grasslands extend across much of the country and sustain abundant plains game, as well as countless birds, butterflies and insects. Local guides can point out the diverse flora and fauna as you drive through the parks in safari jeeps, binoculars and cameras at the ready. Taking a hot air balloon flight over the savannah is another memorable way to see Tanzania's varied wildlife.
Sighting the Big Five species of lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard is an ambition for many travellers in East Africa. Luxury safari lodges command some of the best wildlife viewing spots, sometimes close to watering holes or migration routes. Together with luxury tented camps, they offer the best accommodation in the parks, with modern amenities, fine dining and daily game drives in small groups.