Top 5 National Parks & Conservation Areas in TanzaniaBy Bushtracks
September 5, 2022
Maximize your wildlife encounters at our Top 5 National Parks & Conservation Areas, Tanzania: Serengeti National Park, Mahale Mountain National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Ruaha National Park.
Serengeti National Park is one of Tanzania’s Seven Wonders and a top-tier wildlife viewing destination. A bucket-list item for many, this national park is home to all of Africa’s Big Five, the Great Migration, and even 500 species of birds. The Great Migration lives up to its fame with more than 1.5 million wildebeest making their way from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Change up the scenery with Mahale Mountain National Park. Its forested mountains along the shores of Lake Tanganyika are home to thousands of chimpanzees. Immerse yourself in habitats ranging from woodlands to grasslands to rainforest to alpine bamboo. A must-see in your life.
A northern Tanzania must-see, Tarangire National Park will leave your jaw on the floor with incredible landscapes and more exceptional wildlife viewing. It is a destination off the beaten path and will leave you in awe of its incredible flora including ancient baobab trees. You might even get lucky and spot rare African wild dogs.
Check off another one of Tanzania’s Seven Wonders with a visit to Ngorongoro Crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Witness the magnificent crater, the world’s largest intact caldera, while also admiring Africa’s Big Five. Home to human inhabitants as well, this conservation area has been populated by human ancestors for three million years.
Ruaha National Park boasts the title of Tanzania’s largest national park. Home to a large population of wildlife, there will be no shortage of wildlife viewing and encounters. Being extremely remote, and only accessible by plane, this park remains off the beaten path with a low volume of visitors, despite being a wildlife hotspot.