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Northern Tanzania is home to some of East Africa’s most famous parks.

The main parks in the north are the Serengeti Game Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park.

Serengeti Game Reserve

The Serengeti is notable for its million strong migratory herds of zebra and wildebeest. Ngorongoro has Africa’s densest lion and spotted hyena population as well as the rare, big tusked black rhino.

Lake Manyara has flocks of flamingos in the shallows and tree climbing lions in the surrounding vegetation whilst Tarangire is known for having dense elephant populations in the dry season.

These parks are very easy to combine and can be accessed either by light aircraft, or more commonly by driving on a guided safari.

Flamingos of Lake Natron

Flamingos at Lake NatronTrips tend to start in Arusha where international flights land and then head west taking in Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater before ending in the Serengeti. However, the north is not just home to the most famous parks, it also has a number of lesser known areas that are no less spectacular. Lake Natron, far from the beaten track is a breeding ground for lesser flamingos and has spectacular scenery with the wall of the Great Rift Valley running alongside it.

Maasai culture

West Kilimanjaro is an area of unparalleled beauty with vast plains home to both antelope and cattle. It is a Maasai stronghold and visiting here gives you an insight into traditional Maasai culture. Finally, it is possible to walk around the rim of the crater, stay on a coffee farm in the Ngorongoro highlands, take in the scenery at the foothills of Kilimanjaro or even climb to the top.

We recommend combining some of these lesser known areas with some of the famous parks for a unique safari.

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Places to visit in Northern Tanzania

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Northern Tanzania, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Northern Tanzania

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Northern Tanzania, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Northern Tanzania

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    Places in and around Northern Tanzania

    Accommodation choices for Northern Tanzania

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Northern Tanzania. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Rubondo Island Camp, Rubondo Island

      Rubondo Island Camp

      First Class

      This new property offers something truly unique in East Africa and a wonderful opportunity to see an unspoilt natural environment in all its beauty.

    • Mountain tents, Mount Kilimanjaro

      Mountain Dome Tents


      The camp crew are superb and look after guests every need. They are extremely well trained and experienced in Kili climbs.

    • Pool at Kisima Ngeda

      Kisima Ngeda Camp


      Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is a small safari camp perched on the edge of the lovely Lake Eyasi in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.

    • Tarangire River Camp, Tarangire National Park

      Tarangire River Camp


      Tarangire River Camp is a beautifully situated camp overlooking Tarangire National Park and the Tarangire River. While the camp is outside the national park, it's only half an hour's drive to the park entrance and headquarters, making it well-located for game drives.

    • The top deck of the main area at Oliver's

      Oliver's Camp

      First Class

      Oliver’s Camp offers the perfect balance between an authentic tented safari experience while at the same time providing plenty of comfort and luxury. Set in the heart of Tarangire National Park, guests can enjoy excellent game viewing as well as guided walking safaris from the camp.

    • Tented suites have great views through the huge windows

      The Highlands


      The Highlands is a uniquely designed camp that offers a completely different experience within the Ngorongoro Highlands, focusing on exploring more of the surrounding wilderness that's well away from the traditional tourist track.

    • Gibbs Farm,Karatu

      Gibb's Farm

      First Class

      Gibb's Farm offers lush respite from the bush. East African culture is at the heart of the farm, and guests can enjoy the history, traditions and hospitality, as well as the vibrant gardens.

    • Coffee House Suite, Plantation Lodge

      Plantation Lodge

      First Class

      A charming, colonial-style property in the heart of the Ngorongoro Highlands, Plantation Lodge is a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro Crater and relax before or after a safari.

    • Kirurumu Tarangire Camp, Tarangire National Park

      Kirurumu Tarangire Camp


      Kirurumu Tarangire Camp doesn't have a lot of frills but feels more like a mobile camp. It has a friendly relaxed atmosphere and is delightful.

    • Rivertrees Lodge

      Rivertrees Lodge


      Located in the countryside half way between Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha Town, Rivertrees Lodge is a charming oasis, offering comfortable accommodation. This is a great place to relax and recover from your international flights before commencing a northern Tanzania safari or Kilimanjaro climb.

    • Breakfast at Onsea House,Arusha

      Onsea House


      Perched on the hillside overlooking Arusha and offering fabulous views of Mount Meru, Onsea House is the perfect place to relax at the beginning or end of a safari in northern Tanzania.

    • The pool at Serena Lake Manyara

      Serena Lake Manyara


      Although large, and with some questionable interior decor, there is no doubt that the Serena hotel has a fabulous location. The pool is probably one of the most stunning in Tanzania.

    • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Lake Manyara National Park

      andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge


      andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is magical. It feels like a real jungle hideaway as you are surrounded by trees, birds and bushbabies. The staff are great and it is one of our favorite lodges in Tanzania.

    • View from the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

      Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


      Staying at the Crater Lodge is an experience. It is one of the most famous lodges in East Africa and well deserves its excellent reputation. For the ultimate lodge in Tanzania we highly recommend the Crater Lodge.

    • Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

      Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

      First Class

      The eight luxury tents are scattered among a thick grove of acacia trees. Lemala Ngorongoro offers great charm and luxury in a delightful prime location on the rim of the crater.

    • Endoro Lodge, Karatu

      Endoro Lodge


      Endoro Lodge is a charming retreat in the hills, just north of Karatu. Each chalet is tastefully designed with wooden floors, four-poster beds, indoor and outdoor showers, plus wonderful views over the Ngorongoro Highlands.

    • The Manor at Ngorongoro, Karatu

      The Manor at Ngorongoro

      First Class

      The Manor is set high up in the Ngorongoro Highlands outside Karatu, giving impressive views. Activities include walks on the farm, mountain biking and simply relaxing and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

    • Ngorongoro Farmhouse, Karatu

      Ngorongoro Farmhouse


      This stylish and comfortable farmhouse is ideal as a good base for the Ngorongoro Crater or for a few days of relaxation on your safari. The rooms are spacious and it's in a peaceful setting.

    • Arumeru River Lodge

      Arumeru River Lodge


      Arumeru River Lodge is situated 35 minutes from Kilimanjaro Airport and 15 minutes from the center of Arusha.

    • Dining room at Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha

      Arusha Coffee Lodge

      First Class

      For those who would like to be in central Arusha or based close to the airport, Arusha Coffee Lodge is in an ideal location. While not particularly beautiful from the outside, the interior of the rooms are smart and comfortable.

    • Namiri Plains tent at dawn

      Namiri Plains


      The name Namiri means ‘big cat’ in Swahili, a nod to the fact that this area was closed off for cheetah research for over 20 years. The result is that the density of big cats hunting in this area is superb.

    • Lamai Serengeti, Serengeti National Park

      Lamai Serengeti


      Nomad have created stunning lodges throughout Tanzania, and Lamai Serengeti is yet another exceptional camp. Its epic location overlooking the vast savanna makes for a wonderful base to explore.

    • Ubuntu Camp

      Ubuntu Mobile Camp

      First Class

      This classic mobile safari camp travels with the migrating wildebeest throughout the year, offering a different experience with each new location.

    • Serengeti Kati Kati Camp, Serengeti National Park

      Serengeti Kati Kati Camp


      Located right in the heart of the Serengeti, in the prime Seronera game-viewing area, Kati Kati is a simple tented safari camp that offers a real ‘back to basics’ charm and an authentic safari experience.

    • Olakira Mobile Camp, Serengeti National Park

      Olakira Mobile Camp

      First Class

      This traditional mobile camp spends time in both the northern and southern sides of the Serengeti throughout the year, allowing you to observe wildlife undergoing the annual Great Migration and wildebeest giving birth to their young from authentic bush accommodation.

    • Dunia Camp, Serengeti National Park

      Dunia Camp


      This entirely female-run camp not only offers a small, exclusive stay, but also benefits from a beautiful location perfect for exploring the southern Serengeti area. Open year round, visit during spring or early winter to see the dramatic migration of hundreds of wildebeest.

    • The pool at Klein's Camp, Serengeti National Park

      Klein’s Camp


      Klein's Camp is a superb camp. The rooms are comfortable, views spectacular and camp staff and guides very friendly. It's great for getting away from the more crowded areas of the Serengeti in the high season and will mean you have a more exclusive game viewing experience.

    • Cottage at Ndutu Safari Lodge

      Ndutu Lodge


      Ndutu Lodge is one of our favorites in the Serengeti. Its very friendly, has great staff and guides and arguable the best position in the Serengeti.

    • Sasakwa Hill Lodge

      Sasakwa Hill Lodge


      It is safe to say that Sasakwa is one of the most luxurious properties in East Africa. It includes a few air-conditioned guest cottages all complete with antique furniture, crystal vases of roses and classic artwork giving it a real 1920s feel.

    • Sabora Tented Camp

      Sabora Plains


      This luxurious tented camp is set in grasslands overlooking the plains of the western Serengeti. The six tents on either side of the living area are incredibly spacious and furnished with luxurious fabrics and colonial accessories.

    • Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp, Serengeti National Park

      Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp

      First Class

      The Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is small and personal offering great service and an intimate atmosphere. Staying in a mobile camp is the best way to experience the wildness of the Serengeti.

    • Bedroom at Sayari Camp



      Sayari is a luxurious safari camp in a beautiful area which is great for game viewing all year round. It combines the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional safari camp with some modern touches making this an excellent option.

    • Lemala Serengeti Camp

      Lemala Serengeti Camp

      First Class

      This is a good standard safari camp with two excellent locations. The food here is of a very good standard, and the staff will do anything they can to make your stay enjoyable.

    • Lounge at Kimondo Camp

      Kimondo Camp

      First Class

      Kimondo Camp (formerly Olakira Lamai) is a classic mobile tented camp that moves between the north and the south of the Serengeti to be in the ideal location from which to try to find the two million strong herds of wildebeest and zebra during the Migration.