Tanzania is all about the most famous wildlife park in the world – the Serengeti, which is itself a part of the greater Serengeti-Masai Mara area. Essentially Serengeti is in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya, separated by a border which is crossed without visas by the millions of wildebeest as part of their annual migration across the Mara river. The movement of the wildebeest predicts where the predators – the lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas – would be.
Very close to the Serengeti is the Ngorongro crater, which houses an entire ecosystem as well. In any tour of Tanzania, this is not to be missed either.
The starting point for a lot of tour companies is the small town of Arusha on the North East of the country near the Kenyan border (8 hours by road from Nairobi). From here, besides visiting Serengeti and Ngorongoro, there is also Tarangire National Park, Mayanara National Park and also numerous Masai villages where you can meet the indigenous populations and other locals.
In case you’re still wondering about where to take that African safari, here’s a photoessay to help make up your mind.
All images: Nitin Gairola