The best place on earth to see the Big Five

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The vast, untamed Serengeti might just be the best place on earth to see wildlife. Set across northern Tanzania and extending into Kenya, the Serengeti is home to plenty of luxurious lodges from where you can search for the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard). For part of the year, it's also home to the mighty great wildebeest migration, which brings millions of wildebeest and zebra into its plains, following ancient migratory paths.

Whatever you come to see, the Serengeti is unmissable.

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  • Lake Victoria

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  • Ngorongoro Crater

    Ngorongoro Crater

    All off Africa in one 'bowl'
    The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact -- and inactive -- caldera in the world...Read more
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro

    Mt. Kilimanjaro

    Stand on top of Africa
    Standing 5,986m high, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and one of the continent's most impressive sights...Read more
  • Tarangire National Park

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  • Zanzibar


    Spice islands
    A cultural crossroad for centuries, the Zanzibar archipelago mixes Africa, Arab and Indian influences...Read more
  • Pemba Island

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  • Arusha

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  • Karatu


    Gateway to Ngorongoro
    Karatu is a small but lively town on the edge of Ngorongoro Conservation Area...Read more
  • Selous Game Reserve

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  • Ruaha National Park

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  • Ras Kutani

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  • Songosongo Archipelago

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  • Dar es Salaam

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Tanzania Migration Safari

Experience Africa's greatest wildlife phenomenon
Approx. 8 days
Arusha (1 days) → Karatu (2) → Serengeti (4) → Arusha (1)
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Tanzania Safari and Beach

See all the spectacular wildlife Africa has to offer
Approx. 11 days
Arusha (1 days) → Serengeti (3) → Ruaha National Park (3) → Zanzibar (3) → Dar es Salaam (1)
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Tanzania Safari, Kilimanjaro and Islands

From mountain top and safari adventure to island beaches
Approx. 16 days
Arusha (1 days) → Mt. Kilimanjaro (7) → Karatu (2) → Serengeti (2) → Zanzibar (3) → Dar es Salaam (1)
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The Best of Kenya and Tanzania

Exploring wilderness in Kenya and Tanzania
Approx. 13 days
Nairobi (1 days) → Masai Mara National Park (4) → Serengeti (4) → Karatu (2) → Arusha (1) → Dar es Salaam (1)
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Things to do in Serengeti

Our recommended experiences and activities

Witness the Serengeti migration

Witness the Serengeti migration

The vast Serengeti is home to one of the biggest lion populations in Africa. It’s where the Great Migration starts and is Tanzania’s oldest national park.

Go lion-watching at Simba Kopjes

Go lion-watching at Simba Kopjes

The central Serengeti is home to Simba Kopjes, a rock formation famous for its population of lions. This is the perfect spot to spot these majestic cats on a great migration safari.

Where to go in Tanzania

Our recommended places

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