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Tanzania's National Parks & Reserves

Visit Tanzania's National Parks & Reserves


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.


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Top itineraries in Tanzania's National Parks & Reserves

Elephants in Tanzania

Tanzania: Serengeti Safari & Zanzibar Beach

15-day small-group tour from £4,850 pp incl. flights

Staying in luxury lodges, enjoying expert-led game drives and indulging with full-board gourmet dining throughout, this small-group safari takes in the best of Tanzania’s national-park treasures. It’s all capped with some beach relaxation in Zanzibar.

Grumeti River bush walk, Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

Tanzania SkySafari: Ngorongoro, Tarangire & Serengeti

10-day tailor-made fly-safari from £9,915 pp incl. flights

Let scenic charter flights, luxury stays and all-inclusive indulgences knit together the safari greats of northern Tanzania, from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro crater.

Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

Western Tanzania: Chimpanzees & safari

11-day tailor-made holiday from £12,085 pp incl. flights

This unique safari adventure takes in a remote and untouched part of western Tanzania, bringing you right up close to some of the country's most spectacular landscapes and iconic wildlife.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro Adventure

9-day itinerary from £3,350 pp incl. flights

The most popular way to the summit of Africa's highest peak, the Marangu route uses comfortable mountain huts with solar power lighting and takes in highlights from Gillman's Point to spectacular sunrise views across Mt. Peru and the wildlife-rich plains of the Rift Valley far below.

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Top places to stay in Tanzania's National Parks & Reserves

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge


The only lodge in the small yet diverse Lake Manyara National Park, guests are offered an exciting safari experience in a game-rich environment which includes large herds of elephant, buffalo, and the famous tree-climbing lions.

Lake Duluti Lodge, Tanzania

Lake Duluti Lodge, Arusha

Small & intimate lodge

Located on a working coffee farm just a short drive from the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania, Lake Duluti Lodge comprises 18 contemporary chalets each with superb en-suite facilities and private deck.

Klein’s Camp, Serengeti National Park

&Beyond Klein's Camp


&Beyond Klein's Camp lies to the south of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve and to the east of the Serengeti, ensuring excellent, year-round game viewing. Accommodation comprises ten intimate cottages of local rock and thatch, all with private terraces and breathtaking views. Action-packed night …

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Traditional safari lodge

The wood-carved rondavels, campfire fine dining and infinity pool of this luxury offering are perfectly positioned for stunning views over the Serengeti’s endless plains – a true safari wonder.

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Where to go in Tanzania's National Parks & Reserves


Selous is a huge conservation area in southern Tanzania. So large, in fact, that it comprises Africa's single largest game reserve - three times as big as the Serengeti and twice the size of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Mt Kilimanjaro

The highest mountain in Africa is the main attraction of this national park on the border with Kenya. At 5,895 metres tall, Mount Kilimanjaro is an imposing presence, visible from many miles across the plains when not veiled in cloud.


Tarangire is one of northern Tanzania's lesser-known safari parks, but has plenty to commend it all the same. While more densely vegetated than the Serengeti, a visit to Tarangire allows the chance to see many of the same species.

Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara lies on the edge of the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. It's a shallow but expansive lake, which is often coloured pink by large flocks of flamingos.

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