11 Must See Places

1. The Serengeti

The Serengeti's vast lands are almost as magnificent as the animals that inhabit it and spending nights camping in this vast park is unexplainably incredible, particularly if you make sure to wake up early for sunrise, at least once. 

2. Ngorongoro Crater

Tarangire Park: offers excellent bird and elephant spotting, with a less traveled feel than the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. 

3. Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park: another off the beaten path option, for more secluded and quiet animal sitings.

4. Gombe Stream Park

Gombe Stream National Park: for spotting chimpanzees, made famous by the work of Jane Goodall, who opened what is now one of the most well known behavioral research projects in the world.

5. Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve: the largest game reserve in Africa, split by the Rufiji River, which itself offers great viewing for animals making their way to the water source. 

6. Zanzibar

Zanzibar offers a number of opportunities to explore its beautiful waters and reefs. You can also plan to take a boat to the island, from Dar es Salaam, which offers the chance to spend a day or two exploring that city as well. 

7. Pemba or Mafia Island

Provide the opportunity to get a more secluded, quiet experience. 

8. Kilimanjaro

Africa's highest mountain peak, Kilimanjaro, with its snow-capped top, is a site to be seen, even if you are not planning on making the trek up to the top. The beautiful mountainous area surrounding this giant is wonderful for exploring and hiking. A hike to the top is a trip that must be well planned and prepared for, as inexperienced hikers will struggle and altitude can cause a number of health concerns.  

9. Soda Lakes

While not always easy to get around and even though they must be enjoyed a bit from a distance, these lakes are truly beautiful, as they are surrounded by salt flats and attract a number of different animal species.

10. Lake Victoria

The largest freshwater lake in Africa, with its source being the Nile River, this beautiful lake is most visited from Uganda and Kenya, which makes a visit to the Tanzanian side a more tranquil and secluded one, perfect for bird watching and hiking. 

11. Lake Manyara

offers a more dense, forest-like surrounding area, which is popular amongst a number of different animal species.