Tanzania is a wildlife paradise, home to an incredible abundance of animals and immense natural drama. When it comes to wildlife and beautiful landscapes in Africa, Northern Tanzania is the place to head to. It’s a land of superlatives, from the continent’s highest mountain to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet. Few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti, home to incomparable wildlife, or the uniqueness of Tarangire’s baobab-and-elephant kingdom, or venturing down into Ngorongoro’s crater, which can feel like returning to earth’s first morning. This is also a journey among the Maasai, the Hadzabe and others whose presence here make this one of Africa’s most stirring and soulful destinations. Uganda is home to incomparable mountain gorillas and to Jinja, the historic source of the mighty Nile River and the adrenaline capital of East Africa.
One of the world’s most famous National Parks, the Serengeti is known for its annual wildebeest migration that crosses its vast grassy plains. With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson's gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, the Serengeti supports the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.
The main feature in this astounding conservation area and UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Ngorongoro Crater. The largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world, with its steep walls, is home to incredible scenes of natural drama daily, as prey and predators graze and stalk their way around the open grasslands in such close proximity that it truly feels like a Garden of Eden.
Known for elephant herds that can be 200-strong and 700 resident lions, Tarangire is second only to the Serengeti when it comes to wildlife numbers in Tanzania. Its varied landscape of grasslands, swamps and woodlands and is dominated by majestic near prehistoric baobab trees and is cut in two by the Tarangire River, and is home to more than 550 bird species.
Famous as the historic source of the Nile River, Jinja is now the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Activities on the River Nile include heart-pounding white-water rafting, bungee jumping or kayaking or more gentle horse riding or fishing. Whitewater rafters and kayakers can tackle ‘wild or mild’ courses, taking class 5 rapids or more relaxed family-friendly affairs.