The Tanzanian National Parks Authority (TANAPA) has varied gazetted national parks which, with surrounding game reserves, concessions and aquatic reserves, covers a quarter of a country, which would take a lifetime to explore every nook of it. But you can select a customized or recommended Tanzanian safari with AfricanMecca visiting the places that particularly appeal to you.

How can you choose between the national parks and game reserves that contains a fifth of all the large mammals in Africa? Travel in northern Tanzania takes you from Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria, a water bird and fish breeding sanctuary, through the Serengeti, past Ngorongoro’s vast Crater, and Tarangire to Lake Manyara, all teeming with big game. The annual Great Migration of Wildebeest by the millions traverses much of this corridor, across never ending grassland, fording crocodile infested rivers and falling prey to big cats.

Amongst beautiful soda lakes and volcanic highlands, Mount Meru in Arusha is the place to acclimatize yourself to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain on earth. Gombe is a smaller, fragile version of Mahale, both remote western havens for wild chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and a research base for the Jane Goodall Center.

Ruaha, wild and demanding to access, neighbors Mikumi and the immense Selous Game Reserve crossed by the majestic Rufiji River with its oxbow lakes, where you can boat and walk, with Katavi, even wilder and more remote, in the west. Saadani is a coastal park in the east, for barefoot beach and bush African vacations. Udzungwa Mountains in the eastern arc are forest zones known as the African Galapagos, containing 30 threatened endemic birds, whilst Kitulo is a paradise for botanists, known as the Garden of God.

Northern National Parks & Reserves In Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

Across the vast Serengeti plains, a fantastic cast of wild fauna including impressive numbers of hooved herbivores, predators and avi-fauna. Amongst them, the principal actors are wildebeests.

Ngorongoro Conservation

Sited in the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the wondrous Ngorongoro Crater, home to the densest concentration of wild animals in Africa.

Tarangire National Park

The river and swamps of Tarangire provide permanent water sources when surrounding shallow lakes dry up, thus attracting a migratory movement of up to 250,000 mammals during the dry season.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is one of the smallest parks, but encloses within its numerous microclimates a diverse range of landscapes and animal populations which mirror those of different parts of Tanzania in miniature.

Arusha National Park

Situated in northern Tanzania is the little-known treasure of Arusha National Park that features a variety of ecosystems, such as grasslands, swamps, crater lakes, highland forest and more. Contact Ngao Safaris for more details.

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro, the shining mountain, floats in a wreath of cloud above the vast South Amboseli plains (a.ka the Western Kilimanjaro wilderness), offering an amazingly diverse series of fauna and habitats. Contact Ngao Safaris for more details

Southern National Parks & Reserves In Tanzania

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is located just south of the central midpoint of Tanzania. The national park encompasses an area of 7,809 square miles (20,226 sq km) making it the largest national park in Tanzania and one of the largest in Africa.

The convergence of vegetation zone in this huge Park has resulted in unusual combination of animals ,Particularly Greater and Lesser Kudu, together with sable and roan antelopes in the Park a feature that is not found in other National Park in the country.

Key animals found in Ruaha National Park includes elephant ,zebra, lion, giraffe, hunting dog, ostrich, greater and lesser kudu, grants gazelles, striped hyena, sable and roan antelopes, crocodile and hippos mainly in Ruaha River.

More than 540 species of birds have been recorded in this Park.


Nyerere National Park (Selous) is Tanzania’s richest, yet little known and unfrequented wilderness area, where it is still possible to feel the isolation, the vastness and the splendor of authentic travel in Africa.


Although Mikumi National Park, part of the northern Selous ecosystem, is one of the oldest and fourth largest in Tanzania, it has not become a focus of mass wildlife tourism, despite its ease of access.


The Saadani National Park covers 1100km2 and is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. The climate is coastal, hot and humid. It offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna. Being the only National Park that harbors both marine and terrestrial habitats.


The Udzungwa Mountains National Park is a beautiful area in the southern part of Tanzania. It has various habitats such as tropical rainforest, mountain and miombo forest, grassland and steppe. The Park national park has the second largest biodiversity of any national park in Africa.

Western National Parks & Reserves In Tanzania

Katavi National Park

With an area of 4471 km², Katavi National Park is Tanzania’s third largest park and one of its most unspoiled wilderness areas. It is well known for high habitat and species diversity with high concentrations of large mammals. Katavi also serves as a refuge for endangered species such as wild dog and cheetahs. Contact us for planning

Mahale National Park

Mahale National Park is located in the western part of Tanzania, bordering Lake Tanganyika. The forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rise behind the park, home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 800 individuals inhabiting the area.

Gombe National Park

With lush forest and a fascinating diversity of animals, Gombe stream National Park is home to one of the most beautiful and stunning natural forests in Tanzania. Stop at this park for an amazing chimpanzee trek. Chimpanzees are known to be the species of primates closest to humans, sharing 98% of the genes that we also have