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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!

ParkWhat it’s known forLocation in the Country
Arusha National ParkHome to Mt Meru (4,565 m)NE Tanzania, near the city of Arusha
Gombe Stream National ParkHome to chimpanzeesNW Tanzania, onshore of Lake Tanganyika
Jozani Chwaka Bay National ParkHome to Zanzibar red colobusOn the island of Zanzibar
Katavi National ParkSeasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplainsWestern Tanzania, very remote
Mt Kilimanjaro National ParkHome to Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro!NW Tanzania, near Kenyan border
Kitulo National ParkA great many flowering plants, incl. 45 varieties of orchidsSouth Tanzania, in the mountains
Lake Manyara National ParkThe incredible density of elephantsNorth Tanzania, close to Arusha
Mahale Mountains National ParkOf the lake’s 193 fish species, 90% are endemicWestern Tanzania, onshore of Lake Tanganyika
Mikumi National ParkHome to baobabs and tree-climbing lionsEastern Tanzania
Mkomazi National ParkHome to African wild dogs and black rhinosNE Tanzania, near Kilimanjaro
Ruaha National ParkLargest protected area in East AfricaCentral Tanzania
Rubondo Island National ParkOffers incredible bird-spottingNW Tanzania, on an island in Lake Victoria
Saadani National ParkCan see wildlife lolling on the beachEastern Tanzania, on the coast
Saanane Island National ParkSmallest national park in East AfricaNW Tanzania, on an island in Lake Victoria
Serengeti National ParkAn enormous park that’s home to the Great MigrationNorth Tanzania, touches Kenyan border
Tarangire National ParkAllows walking safarisNorth Tanzania, very accessible
Udzungwa Mountains National ParkBoasts the second-largest biodiversity in Africa!Central Tanzania