Discover Tanzania’s Diverse Safari Circuits

Tanzania, a land of awe-inspiring landscapes and unparalleled wildlife, is a dream destination for safari enthusiasts. The country is divided into three main safari circuits, each offering its unique charm and natural wonders. At RedSand Safaris & Tours, we invite you to explore the treasures of Tanzania’s Northern, Western, and Southern safari circuits, with special mention of the Northern Circuit, home to iconic destinations like Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Northern Circuit: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

The Crown Jewel of Tanzanian Safaris

The Northern Circuit is arguably the most renowned and sought-after safari circuit in Tanzania, and for good reason. It encompasses iconic destinations like:


      • Serengeti National ParkKnown for its epic wildebeest migration, the Serengeti is a vast and unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife. Here, you can witness the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros) along with cheetahs, hyenas, and numerous herbivores.

      • Ngorongoro Crater:  Often referred to as the “African Eden,” this collapsed volcanic caldera is a self-contained ecosystem. It boasts an incredible density of wildlife, including the Big Five, making it a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise.


    Tanzania offers excellent wildlife viewing across all three safari circuits. The country is renowned for its remarkable biodiversity and is home to a wide range of wildlife, including:


        • Big Five: Tanzania is one of the best places in Africa to see the Big Five. These iconic animals can be found in various national parks and reserves throughout the country.

        • Great Migration:  The Serengeti hosts the annual wildebeest migration, a spectacle where millions of wildebeest and zebras traverse the plains in search of fresh grazing.

        • Rare Black Rhino:  While black rhinos are critically endangered and rare throughout Africa, Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few places where you may have the chance to spot them.

      Weather and Climate

      Tanzania’s weather and climate vary across the different safari circuits due to its diverse geography. However, in general:


          • Dry Season:  The dry season, from June to October, is the best time for safaris in most regions. The weather is dry, and wildlife congregates around water sources.

          • Wet Season:  The wet season, from November to May, brings occasional heavy rains. While it can be a challenging time for safaris in some areas, it is ideal for birdwatching and lush landscapes.

        Best Time to Visit

        The best time to visit Tanzania depends on your interests:


            • Great Migration:  To witness the Great Migration in the Serengeti, plan your visit between December and July when the herds move through different areas.

            • Dry Season: For optimal wildlife viewing, including the Big Five, the dry season (June to October) is ideal.

          Premier Parks and Reserves

          Tanzania boasts several premier parks and reserves, including:


            Serengeti National ParkFamous for the Great Migration, it is one of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife destinations.

            Ngorongoro Conservation AreaHome to the Ngorongoro Crater, it offers unrivaled wildlife density.

            Tarangire National ParkKnown for its large elephant herds and scenic beauty.

            Lake Manyara National ParkFamous for its tree-climbing lions and diverse birdlife.

            Arusha National ParkOffers diverse landscapes, including Mt. Meru, Momela Lakes, and Ngurdoto Crater.

            Ruaha National ParkKnown for its rugged beauty, diverse wildlife, and vast landscapes.

            Mikumi National ParkOften called the “Mini Serengeti” for its rich wildlife and open plains.

            Gombe Stream National ParkRenowned for chimpanzee trekking and Jane Goodall’s research.

            Mahale Mountains National ParkAnother prime destination for chimpanzee trekking on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

            Katavi National ParkA remote and wild park with abundant wildlife and seasonal floods.

            Udzungwa Mountains National Park:   Offers pristine rainforests, waterfalls, and hiking opportunities.

            Kitulo National ParkKnown as the “Serengeti of Flowers” for its diverse floral displays.

            Saadani National ParkThe only park in Tanzania with a coastal location, offering a unique blend of wildlife and beach experiences.

             Pros and Cons



              Incredible Wildlife:  Tanzania offers superb wildlife viewing, with the Big Five and diverse species in their natural habitats.

              Great Migration:  Witnessing the Great Migration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Serengeti.

              Stunning Landscapes:  Tanzania’s diverse geography includes savannahs, mountains, and pristine coastlines, providing a wide range of scenic beauty.

              Cultural Encounters:  Explore the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania by visiting local communities and experiencing their traditions.



                High Demand:  The popularity of Tanzania’s safari circuits means some areas can become crowded during peak tourist seasons.

                Weather Variability:  Weather conditions can vary between regions and seasons, affecting the timing of wildlife sightings and outdoor activities.

                Tanzania’s safari circuits, each with its unique appeal, promise an unforgettable journey into the heart of Africa’s wilderness. At RedSand Safaris & Tours, we are committed to helping you create a tailor-made safari experience that matches your interests and expectations. Join us on an adventure to discover the wonders of Tanzania’s diverse safari circuits.

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