Northern Tanzania, Tanzania Destinations

Tanzania Elaphants Leaving a Water Hole Northern Tanzania Safari Destinations


 Northern Tanzania is home to some of East Africa’s most famous safari parks, such as the Serengeti - and within it - the famous Ngorongoro crater conservation area. Maasai culture is also strong in this area.

Northern Tanzania is home to some of East Africa’s most famous parks. The main parks in the north are the Serengeti Game Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and Tarangire National Park.

The Serengeti is notable for its million strong great migratory herds of zebra and wildebeest. Ngorongoro has Africa’s densest lion and spotted hyena population as well as the rare, big tusked black rhino.

Lake Manyara has flocks of flamingos in the shallows and tree climbing lions in the surrounding vegetation whilst Tarangire is known for having dense elephant populations in the dry season.

Mount Kilimanjaro National park has the Africa’s highest free standing mountain Mount Kilimanjaro. Lake Natron is an important breeding ground for the flamingoes. Ol Donyo Lengai Mountains are active volcano mountains reveled by the local Maasai as the Mountains of God

These parks are very easy to combine and can be accessed either by light aircraft, or more commonly by driving on a guided safari.

Trips tend to start in Arusha where international flights land and then head west taking in Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater before ending in the Serengeti. However, the north is not just home to the most famous parks, it also has a number of lesser known areas that are no less spectacular. Lake Natron, far from the beaten track is a breeding ground for lesser flamingos and has spectacular scenery with the wall of the Great Rift Valley running alongside it.

Maasai culture

West Kilimanjaro is an area of unparalleled beauty with vast plains home to both antelope and cattle. It is a Maasai stronghold and visiting here gives you an insight into traditional Maasai culture. Finally, it is possible to walk around the rim of the crater, stay on a coffee farm in the Ngorongoro highlands, take in the scenery at the foothills of Kilimanjaro or even climb to the top.

We recommend combining some of these lesser known areas with some of the famous parks for a unique safari.

Places within Northern Tanzania

  • Arusha
  • Karatu
  • Lake Eyasi
  • Lake Natron
  • Longido
  • Manyara National Park
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Ol Donyo Lengai
  • Rubondo Island
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • West Kilimanjaro

Why visit Northern Tanzania Region.

  • Discover and experience the rich Maasai Culture that has stood the test of time.
  • Visit some of East Africa’s famous national parks.
  • The beautiful scenery found within and around the parks.
  • The abundant wildlife found in the parks.
  • This is one of the best places to view the Great Wildlife Migration of zebra and wildebeest.
  • Visit and stay at Africa’s largest island national park.

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