Tanzania's first safari areas were in the north, and this 'northern circuit' remains its most famous safari area.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA Tanzania's greatest wildlife showpiece, the Ngorongoro Crater has breath-taking views, phenomenal game and a lot of visitors. Look out for elephants, buffalo and black rhino on the crater floor; the large lion population is far from camera shy. SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK The Serengeti's vast ecosystem covers several different reserves, and includes overwhelming amounts of game. Other safari areas may be harder to reach, but are usually worth the effort for their exclusivity. It is still possible to safari here with the migration to yourself LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK This small, yet spectacular safari park sits between the Great Rift Valley's steep Western escarpment and the Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake. It is easily visited from Arusha by 4WD, and often on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and/or the Serengeti. TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK At its best when it's dry, Tarangire is an excellent park: with abundant game and very varied bird-life. The bulk of it is also relatively quiet, with few people reaching the southern regions where safaris can still find a sense of 'wilderness.'