Lake Manyara National Park
The 330 sq km Lake Manyara National Park is bordered by the dramatic 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment.
The alkaline lake hosts an uncountable number of flamingos and many other bird species.
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.
Tarangire National Park
The 2850 sq km Tarangire National Park stretches along the Tarangire river.
It is known for its large concentration of elephants and as an excellent birdwatching destination.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.
The crater is renowned for the densest known population of lions.
Higher up, in the rainforests of the crater rim, are leopards, elephants, mountain reedbuck and more than 4,000 buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs, cheetahs, and other felines.
Serengeti National Park
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.