List of Tanzania national parks

Here’s a roll call of Tanzania’s many fantastic national parks, including what each is most famous for and where to find them. We did the fun exercise of limiting ourselves to just one sentence per park, which isn’t easy given how we usually want to wax lyrical about them!

Park What it’s known for Location in the Country
Arusha National Park Home to Mt Meru (4,565 m) NE Tanzania, near the city of Arusha
Gombe Stream National Park Home to chimpanzees NW Tanzania, onshore of Lake Tanganyika
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Home to Zanzibar red colobus On the island of Zanzibar
Katavi National Park Seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplains Western Tanzania, very remote
Mt Kilimanjaro National Park Home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro! NW Tanzania, near Kenyan border
Kitulo National Park A great many flowering plants, incl. 45 varieties of orchids South Tanzania, in the mountains
Lake Manyara National Park The incredible density of elephants North Tanzania, close to Arusha
Mahale Mountains National Park Of the lake’s 193 fish species, 90% are endemic Western Tanzania, onshore of Lake Tanganyika
Mikumi National Park Home to baobabs and tree-climbing lions Eastern Tanzania
Mkomazi National Park Home to African wild dogs and black rhinos NE Tanzania, near Kilimanjaro
Ruaha National Park Largest protected area in East Africa Central Tanzania
Rubondo Island National Park Offers incredible bird-spotting NW Tanzania, on an island in Lake Victoria
Saadani National Park Can see wildlife lolling on the beach Eastern Tanzania, on the coast
Saanane Island National Park Smallest national park in East Africa NW Tanzania, on an island in Lake Victoria
Serengeti National Park An enormous park that’s home to the Great Migration North Tanzania, touches Kenyan border
Tarangire National Park Allows walking safaris North Tanzania, very accessible
Udzungwa Mountains National Park Boasts the second-largest biodiversity in Africa! Central Tanzania