In a remote corner of northern Tanzania, West Kilimanjaro is a gem. With a couple of terrific tented camps, a fabulous pre-Kilimanjaro world of Amboseli-like plains and light woodlands, and a sprinkling of Maasai manyattas, it's difficult to understand why so few travellers make it out here. You have to work a little harder for your wildlife, it's true, but this is an important dispersal area for lions from southern Kenya, and it's part of an elephant corridor linking Kenya’s Amboseli National Park with Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. Climb any hill out here, too, and the views are extraordinary.
A destination in its own right, West Kilimanjaro (from Sanya Juu village to the Kenyan border, and from the Arusha–Namanga road to Mt Kilimanjaro) is also the missing link on the northern safari circuit, enabling you to travel from Lake Natron to Kilimanjaro International Airport without ever having to see Arusha.