Selous Game Reserve


Best time to travel: June-Oct
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$$

  • Some of the typical wildlife of the miombo inhabits the reserve, such as African bush elephant, black rhino, hippopotamus, lion, East African wild dog, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffe, Plains zebra, and Nile crocodile

Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park


Best time to travel: Jan-Feb
Walk difficulty: Hard
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Park that includes the whole of Mount Kilimanjaro above the tree line and the surrounding montane forest belt
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world, with its summit of 19,341 ft above sea level
  • The first people known to have reached the summit of the mountain was in 1889
  • Because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields, the mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies

Tarangire National Park


Best time to travel: June-Nov
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$$

  • The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season
  • The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras
  • During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas
  • Landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps
  • Vegetation is a mix of Acacia woodland, Combretum woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and baobab trees

Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Best time to travel: April-May
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Named after the large volcanic caldera within the region
  • One of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries

Grumeti Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park


Best time to travel: Jan-Feb, June-Sept
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$$

  • Park well known for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger
  • The migration is the largest remaining unaltered animal migration

Lake Manyara National Park

Best time to travel: late June-Oct
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$$

  • Protected area in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Regions, known for its populations of large migratory animals, including wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo, giraffe, hippopotamus, baboon, warthog, and elephant
  • Predators of Lake Manyara National Park include lion, leopard, wild cats, hyena, foxes, and occasionally, Cheetah