Home to the Big Five and so much more, Tanzania is blessed with all the biggest names in African wildlife. Let's start with elephants, zebras, hippos, giraffes, wildebeests, buffaloes, antelopes, gazelles, and chimpanzees. Then there are those famous predators: crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs. Over 1,000 species of birds include bee-eaters and flamingos. And endangered creatures include hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles, black rhinos, red colobus monkeys, and wild dogs.
Serengeti National Park
Known to the Masai as ‘the place where the land moves on forever’, the Serengeti is most famous for the wildebeest migration, when wildebeest and zebra move in their clockwise route from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then west and north after the long rains in April, May, and June.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Based around the Ngorongoro Crater, formed by a volcano two million years ago, this is the place to find the highest density of mammal predators in Africa, including lions, leopards, hyenas, and jackals. It is also famous for its hundreds of flamingos, which form a pink border around the lake in the heart of the crater.
Lake Manyara National Park
With an alkaline lake that covers more than half the park in the wet season and retreats to next to nothing in the dry season, Lake Manyara National Park is known for its incredible birdlife, with more than 400 species to see, including flamingos. Other highlights include the hippo pond and seeing big cats like leopards and lions lounging in the trees.