Tarangire National Park is a superb wildlife destination for the enthusiast – its river attracts enormous herds of elephants and the landscape is a rich and varied mix of baobab trees, acacia bush, plains swamps and rocky outcrops (kopjes).
Tarangire is a grossly under-rated park, possibly because it does not fit so conveniently into a week’s safari, or because it lies just off the “northern circuit. However, it is particularly welcoming when added on after the somewhat hectic Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
The area actually experiences its own migration – although smaller in scale than the one further north. Elephants are virtually guaranteed here, and vast herds of Cape buffalo, as well as Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe and warthog all are hunted by lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal and even African wild dog. Tarangire is also an excellent destination for birds of prey and provides a superb habitat for many other species.
The park is within half a day’s drive of Arusha and Lake Manyara, which means that it can easily be added to any northern circuit itinerary of Tanzania.
Ideal for viewing: African elephant, fringe-eared oryx, kori bustard, warthog, wild dog
Where: Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
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Experience the major wildlife highlights and contrasting locations of northern Tanzania on this excellent value, classic safari. Combining the wide open plains of the Serengeti, the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire’s outstanding birdlife, this is a perfect introduction to Tanzania.
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 10 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
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Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Kirurumu Tarangire sits in an elevated position at the northern tip of Tarangire National Park. The tented lodge has 10 tented cottages and stunning views over a waterhole, into the park. Ideally located close to the main gate, key attractions at the camp are walking and short night drives.
This camp, with eight large tents, is situated in Tarangire National Park’s remote south-eastern sector, an exclusive location perfect for viewing crowded local waterholes. Walking safaris, fly-camping and off-road driving are all possible in this part of the park, led by experienced naturalist guides.