Where to Go in Tanzania

Comprising the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Parks, Tanzania's famous northern safari region is where to go for classic game viewing and the wildebeest migration. But the country's long tropical coastline is home to fabulous beaches as well as can't-miss Zanzibar and other tropical islands - and that's before you discover wild savannah and rainforest destinations, located in barely visited central and southern Tanzania.

Read more about East vs Southern Africa Safari experiences.

Serengeti National Park: wildebeest migration & year-round game viewing

The Serengeti is where to go in Tanzania for game viewing at its most dramatic. Host to the wildebeest migration between November and July, the Serengeti's accessibility, sheer size and year-round abundance of wildlife also means that amazing game viewing in a wilderness setting is always on offer.

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Ngorongoro Crater: East Africa's easiest Big 5 game viewing

Take 30 000 animals - including the Big 5 - and place them inside the crater of an extinct volcano close to the Serengeti. Add wetlands, forest and grasslands, some out-of-this-world cliff-top accommodation and the result is the Ngorongoro Crater, a safari destination that offers excellent game viewing in the most unique of settings.

Note that the nearby town of Karatu is well-positioned for excursions to both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, there is a wide range of accommodation in Karatu with many activities on offer such as guided walks and horse rides.

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Arusha: centre of the Northern Safari Circuit

The undisputed safari capital of Tanzania, the ever-busy town of Arusha is on the itinerary of virtually anyone visiting the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara: indeed, logistics often dictates an overnight layover in or around the town. Set in the shadow of the 4556m Mount Meru, Arusha has its own international airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport) but safari-goers will head for the smaller Arusha Airport for charter flights into their final destinations.

If you do have some time in Arusha, there are many opportunities to buy souvenirs and take in cultural activities and visit local places of interest. A visit to nearby Arusha National Park is worthwhile, if only as an introduction to the wildlife that is to come in the region's bigger parks.

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Dar es Salaam: international gateway to Zanzibar & safari destinations

Most visitors to Dar es Salaam are on their way to Zanzibar or the Indian Ocean coast but this thriving city provides easy access to Tanzania's lesser-known reserves such as the Selous as well as the world-famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. High quality accommodation is available if you need to overnight.

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Zanzibar & Tanzania Islands: cultural melting pot & barefoot luxury

Complete your East African experience with a stay on Tanzania's Spice Island: Zanzibar. Perfect for both families and honeymooners, it's where to go in Tanzania for dhows, minarets and back-street markets on the one hand, and glorious beaches, coral reefs and private Indian Ocean islands on the other.

And Tanzania's other Indian Ocean islands won't disappoint either. Pemba, Mafia and Chole islands are superlative luxury beach holiday destinations with superb diving, exclusive boutique accommodation and all the indulgent pampering you could want for.

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