Top 5 National Parks in Tanzania

Tanzania is Africa's ultimate safari destination. One fourth of the country is protected in a network of conservation areas that incorporate the world's most famous national parks such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Wherever you go on your road trip through Tanzania, there are unparalleled opportunities to experience wildlife. Read about our top picks, which is by no means exhaustive.


Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro crater floor provides a natural sanctuary, resulting in an incredible natural drama as the black rhino and great numbers of lions, elephants, buffaloes, ostriches and plain herbivores roam about. Self drive is not common in the crater, so read our tips and arrive prepared.
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Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most famous park. The Serengeti is not always suitable for self-drive though. Road conditions are always tough and at some times even too challenging for the Toyota RAV4. Still, we do allow Roadtrippers to visit the park if the road conditions allow it. You can visit the park with a professional driver ($40/day) or we charge an extra fee of $30 for each day spent in the Serengeti. In case the roads are too challenging for the RAV4, we offer several organized Serengeti visits.
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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park lies within the Central Rift Valley, only 100km southwest of Arusha. Tarangire is best known for its large herds of elephants and abundancy of baobab trees.
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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is a perfect introduction for a first time self-drive safari goer. The game drive circuits are well maintained, and its a small yet very diverse ecosystem and great birding reserve, with around 400 species recorded.
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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is often cited as Tanzania’s best-kept game viewing secret, as indeed the sheer volume and variety of wildlife on show can be truly spectacular. Ruaha lies in the southwest of Tanzania and receives far less visitors than the parks in the Northern Circuit. You are likely to have things to yourself, adding more to the wilderness feel.
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