Must-see attractions in Northern Tanzania

  • Blue Wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus in Serengeti.

    Serengeti National Park

    Northern Tanzania

    Few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti. Perhaps it's the view from the summit of Naabi Hill at the park's entrance, from where the…

  • Mt. Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park.

    Mt Kilimanjaro National Park

    Northern Tanzania

    Since its official opening in 1977, Mt Kilimanjaro National Park has become one of Tanzania’s most visited parks. Unlike the other northern parks, this…

  • Tarangire National Park

    Northern Tanzania

    Welcome to one of Africa's most underrated parks. Thanks to its proximity to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, Tarangire is usually assigned only a day visit…

  • The Ngorongoro Conservation area in Tanzania.
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    Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    Northern Tanzania

    This astounding conservation area and Unesco World Heritage Site encompasses the Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge and much of the Crater Highlands. It can…

  • Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tanzania - January 1, 2007: A group of tourists is hiking down from the  top of Ol Doinyo Lengai into the green Rift Valley, in the background the Escarpment of the Rift Valley is visible. In the foreground there is some volcanic smoke coming out of a crack.

    Ol Doinyo Lengai

    Northern Tanzania

    The northernmost (and youngest) volcano in the Crater Highlands, Ol Doinyo Lengai (2878m), ‘Mountain of God’ in the Maasai language, is an almost perfect…

  • Empakaai Crater in Tanzania, Africa.

    Empakaai Crater

    Northern Tanzania

    Lake-filled Empakaai Crater, 23km northeast of Olmoti Crater, may not be as famous as Ngorongoro, but many travellers consider it to be its match in…

  • Treetop walkway in Lake Manyara National Park.

    Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

    Lake Manyara National Park

    Enjoy a guided bird's-eye view of Manyara on Tanzania's first treetop walkway (370m). It begins at ground level and climbs gently into the canopy,…

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The Ngorongoro Crater teeming with grazing wildlife.

    Ngorongoro Crater

    Northern Tanzania

    At 19km wide and with a surface of 264 sq km, Ngorongoro is one of the largest unbroken calderas in the world that isn’t a lake. Its steep walls soar 400m…

  • A group of flamingos wading in Lake Manyara in Tanzania.

    Lake Manyara National Park

    Northern Tanzania

    Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller and most underrated parks. While it may lack the size and variety of other northern-circuit…

  • Arusha National Park

    Northern Tanzania

    The transition between unappealing urban chaos and pristine mountain hiking trails is rarely so abrupt as it is in Arusha National Park. One of Tanzania’s…

  • Gol Mountains

    Northern Tanzania

    Some places are so far off well-travelled routes that there are no tracks other than those left by wildlife and traditional herders. The remote and rarely…

  • Oldupai Museum

    Northern Tanzania

    The small Oldupai Museum on the rim of Oldupai Gorge stands on one of the most significant archaeological sites on earth. It was here in 1959 that Mary…

  • Engaruka

    Northern Tanzania

    Halfway to Lake Natron, on the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, lies this 300- to 500-year-old ruin of a farming town that developed a…

  • Manyara Ranch Conservancy

    Northern Tanzania

    Occupying an important wildlife-dispersal area northwest of Tarangire National Park, the privately run, 140-sq-km Manyara Ranch Conservancy is a critical…

  • Laetoli

    Northern Tanzania

    About 45km south of Oldupai Gorge at remote Laetoli is a 27m-long trail of 3.7-million-year-old hominid footprints, probably made by Australopithecus…

  • Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village

    Northern Tanzania

    Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village is a good stop for anyone wanting to spend a night in an authentically constructed Maasai boma (a fortified living…

  • Olmoti Crater

    Northern Tanzania

    Though lacking the drama of Ngorongoro and Empakaai, Olmoti Crater, 13km north of the Lemala ascent-descent road, is worth visiting on your way north into…

  • Enduimet Wildlife Management Area

    Northern Tanzania

    You may never even be aware of its existence (there are no signs or entry fees), but Enduimet WMA is a quiet success story in protecting the wildlife…

  • Poachers' Hide

    Tarangire National Park

    Southwest of Tarangire Hill, a couple of hundred metres west of the main north–south track through the park, Poacher's Hide is a marvellous old baobab…

  • Natural History Museum


    This museum inside the old German boma (fortified compound), completed in 1900, has three parts. The best is the wing dedicated to human evolution, since…

  • Ghorofani Market

    Northern Tanzania

    Ghorofani, Lake Eyasi's main village, lies a few kilometres from the lake’s northeastern end. Its mnada (market), held on the fifth day of the month,…

  • Arusha Declaration Museum


    Despite the promising subject matter – the museum celebrates the groundbreaking 1967 declaration by then-president Julius Nyerere calling for African self…

  • Meserani Snake Park


    The collection of snakes and other reptiles here is the main draw, but there’s also a corny yet informative Maasai cultural museum with mock-ups of home…

  • Chagga Live Museum

    Northern Tanzania

    At Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, the small but worthwhile outdoor Chagga Live Museum illustrates traditional Chagga society with a range of tools, living…

  • Ngurdoto Museum

    Northern Tanzania

    This dusty and poorly curated collection of butterflies, birds and insects wouldn't be worth visiting were it not for the poachers' snares on display – a…