Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is one of the most impressive national parks in the world. During my time here I saw the wildebeests migration, gazelles, zebras, lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, and even a rare sighting of a leopard. The Serengeti is everything I imagined a safari in Africa to be. It is one of the most famous parks in Africa and so stunningly beautiful. It is also declared a Unesco World Heritage site.
You are pretty much guaranteed to see a vast amount of wildlife on any safari in Ngorongoro Crater because due to the enclosed nature of the crater it has essentially formed its own ecosystem. The volcanic crater is home to some 30 000 animals and it is not rare to see the big 5 in one complete day.
The best part of the experience for me was camping on the rim of the crater. I had some visitors to my tent during the night. And by visitors I mean Buffalos and Zebras. In fact, it is a common occurrence to see animals wander the camp site at night because it is the one place they feel safe from predators. It was quite frightening but so cool at the same time. When else are you able to get this close to nature?
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire is famous for its large amounts of elephants and baobab trees. I have never encountered so many elephants in one place! Along with the elephants roaming free it is a place where you will see the lions roaring, and the zebras in all their elegance. It is also a bird paradise.
Tarangire is often overlooked compared to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater but it is a must on any safari itinerary in Tanzania.