The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater may be some of the most recognizable landscapes in the country, but Tanzania has a total of 17 national parks and 28 protected areas, all of which add up to over 25% of the land area of the country. Some other notable places to visit in Tanzania include:
The Selous Game Reserve
Covering over 21,000 square miles, the Selous Game Reserve is as large as the country of Denmark, the largest game reserve in all of Africa, and one of the largest areas set aside for wildlife preservation anywhere in the world. Remote, mysterious, and relatively unpopulated, the park appeals most to those who seek a sense of isolation, exploration, and discovery.
More than half of Tanzania's elephants roam these plains, along with large populations of buffalos, lions, kudus, wildebeest, zebras, the occasional rhino, and a wide variety of bird life.
Ruaha National Park
Deep in Tanzania's interior lies its second largest national park, Ruaha. Despite having the greatest resident elephant population in East Africa, and being home to a number of rare and fascinating species—such as greater kudu, lesser kudu and wild dog—this 4,000 square mile park is seldom visited due to its remote location.
The Great Ruaha River supports an abundance of wildlife, from crocodiles and hippos to buffalos, elands, warthogs, impalas, giraffes, zebrsa and their predators - lions, spotted and striped hyenas, leopards and cheetahs. During the driest season from June to October, the river is the only permanent source of water in the area and game viewing is at its best.
In 1931, Dr. Louis Leakey began his search for human remains in this dry, desolate gorge, working year after year without finding a human fossil of any importance. Yet he kept at his task, and joined by his wife Mary, found his reward 28 years after he began: the skull and jaw of one of our hominid ancestors that had been extinct for over 1.75 million years.
Since then, numerous finds have been made here, giving Olduvai Gorge its well-deserved reputation as the "Cradle of Mankind".