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Tanzania is one of the greatest safari destinations in Africa, covering a diverse selection of landscapes. It’s home to the Big Five — elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos — which used to be the favorite trophies for game hunters but are now some of the more popular animals to watch on a game drive.

About 25% of Tanzania is occupied by parks and reserves, and in the ocean aquatic life is protected in a number of marine parks. Most visitors spend the bulk of their time game viewing in Tanzania’s popular northern circuit, where the Serengeti National Park has to be one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world.
It’s here on the grassy undulating plains that the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and other animals takes place — one of the greatest movements of animals on earth.
Equally impressive is the Ngorongoro Crater, a caldera created by collapsed volcano that supports a staggering number of animals.
In southern Tanzania, in the vast and untouched Selous National Park, large herds of elephants and buffalo roam in a landscape that’s reminiscent of what the whole of East Africa looked a few hundred years ago.
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