- Serengeti National Park
What Regions or Countries to Combine
The Serengeti lies at the centre of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit, a diverse collection of parks that combine easily into a single itinerary. The Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara are the most popular combinations but Tarangire National Park is good in the June to October dry season.
Tanzania’s southern safari destinations are highly recommended for those seeking a crowd-free safari and who want to add chimpanzee sightings to their Serengeti safari. For a beach holiday finale, Zanzibar is often combined with the Serengeti but Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria offers an enticing beach experience with a unique safari theme.
Africa’s easiest Big Five game viewing – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and rhino – is on offer in this extinct volcanic crater and you may even see them in a single drive. Stay at a lodge on the crater’s rim for the best views or relax in the shade at a leafy coffee estate lodge.
Set on a lush island in Lake Victoria, Rubondo offers a unique safari & beach holiday. You can laze around in a hammock but there are also chimpanzee tracking adventures and game viewing by boat 4X4 and on foot. Elephants and antelope provide the big sightings but with an astonishing 400 plus bird species recorded on the island, bird-watchers will have their hands full.
Stray off the beaten path a little: Tanzania’s Ruaha and Katavi National Parks offer increasingly rewarding game viewing as the long May to October dry season wears on. For something different, the fabled forests of the Mahale Mountains are home to troops of wild chimpanzees, shy antelope and clouds of butterflies.