Tanzania is a case of success regarding Nature conservation and endangerous species protection. The country soon understood that they have been presented with some of the greatest natural wonders to be found on Earth. And quickly they learned how to conserve them and take good care of them.

In fact, many conservation works have been done here, specially those related with fighting Elephant Hunting and saving one of the most endangerous species in the world, the Black Rhino. Jane Goodall also become famous for her pioneer work with the Chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park.

Blessed by nature with 14 national parks (there are even more, but these ones are the most famous) one can found everything in Tanzania. Tanzania is what comes to your mind when you think of Africa. There are parks that are as large as many european countries like the Serengeti National park and Selous Game Reserve. There are parks, like Katavi National Park or Ruaha National Park that are so untouched by humans they reassemble the descriptions of Africa by white hunters and missionaires who came here centuries ago. Parks where you can have a million of acres just for yourself and see more lions than people. There are parks like Gombe Stream National Park or Mahale Mountains National Park where you will be able to see large groups of Chimpanzees and Gorillas. There are parks like Saadani National park where you can join pristine beaches and the wild bush. Other parks, such as Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its Ngorongoro Crater have a beauty that is so stunning, so breathtaking that it is impossible to put into words. And what about Kilimanjaro National Park? Where you can see giraffes with the world's tallest free standing mountain, the roof of Africa, in the background? Well, there are really parks for every taste and interest and we haven't even spoke about Zanzibar, with world class beaches of white sand and turquoise warm water. Tanzania is definitely one of the top destinations of the world.

In the following map, you can see the 14 national parks. To learn more about each one and see what we recommend, move your mouse over the map and click in one park.

Mikumi National Park


Vast open grasslands combined with patches of acacia woodland and baobab. Being just 3 to 4 hours away from Dar es Salaam, it is easily accessible.It is also very close to the famous Selous National Park and it in fact offers similar wildlife, vegetation and sightseeing opportunities.


This park has abundant concentration of wildlife throughout the whole year, specially in the floodplain area along the mkata river. Many large predators like lions, leopards and spotted hyenas, as well as other mammals, like the elephant, the buffalo, the zebra, the wildebeest, the impala and the giraffe can be found.
There are more than 400 recorded species in Mikumi National Park, like the black-bellied bustard, the bateleur eagle, the ground hornbill, the lilac-breasted roller, the fish eagle, the white-faced duck, the long-tailed fiscal, the yellow-throated long claw and the African spoonbill.

When to go

The best months would be the dry ones from May to October but the park is a great experience throughout the whole year.

What to do

4x4 game safaris.

What we suggest

Mikumi is economical and close to Dar es Salaam, perfect for those with a budget or time constraint (3 days safari would work perfectly).