Tarangire National Park

Known as the ‘Land of the Giants’ owing to the abundance of elephants and Baobab trees, the Tarangire National Park is an undiscovered gem of Tanzania. Not as popular with tourists as the better-known Serengeti, Tarangire National Park offers the same superb level of game viewing without the crowds. Named after the Tarangire River, the reserve is situated west of Arusha and is easier to access than both the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks.

With the surreal, almost otherworldly baobab trees dominating the landscape of Tarangire, the silhouetted trees provide breathtaking photographic opportunities. Regularly visited by Tarangire’s substantial elephant population, the Baobab trees also play host to arguably the best birdlife diversity in Eastern Africa with some 490 different species having been recorded.

From September to November at the end of the dry season, it’s Tarangire’s turn to witness the famous wildebeest migration with the sheer scale rivaled only by the Serengeti earlier in the year. Large elephant herds, sometimes numbering up to 300 elephants, roam the park all year round and are joined by healthy populations of zebra, giraffe and a variety of antelope. Lions and cheetahs prowl the plains looking for weak targets, while the elusive leopards of the Tarangire hunt amongst the gnarled branches of the majestic Baobab trees.

 

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Tarangire River Camp

Tarangire River Camp

If you want a real safari experience under canvas, including the breath taking views and a fascinating culture then Tarangire River Camp is just what you are looking for. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and luxurious surrounds, this family-owned lodge is well worth a visit.  A branch of the Tarangire River runs through the land and it’s this that gives the camp its name. The position of the camp provides guests with stunning views of the river, as well as acacia forest beyond.

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Tarangire Safari Lodge

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Offering guests an authentic safari experience under traditional canvas, Tarangire Safari Lodge boasts magnificent views of the Tarangire River and the acacia forests beyond. Ideal for families and couples, as well as those looking for a relaxing escape, there are many exciting game-viewing opportunities, giving guests the chance to get up close and personal with some of the African wildlife in their natural habitat. The Tarangire River is the lifeline of the park and attracts a multitude of wildlife which routinely comes there to drink, meaning that Tarangire Safari Lodge is in prime wildlife viewing position.

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Maramboi Tented Camp

Maramboi Tented Camp

A beautiful setting in the Rift Valley overlooking Tanzania’s Lake Manyara is home to Maramboi Tented Camp, where zebras and giraffes wander past the luxury tents, along with playful warthogs. Conveniently located in the migratory corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, the camp makes a great base to explore this area, before moving north to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Maramboi is run by Tanganyika Wilderness Camps, and has just been renovated to new levels of comfort without losing any of its wilderness appeal, the unfenced camp being shaded by palm trees with long views out over open savannah.

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Oliver’s Camp

Oliver’s Camp

Established in 1992 by pioneer Paul Oliver, this camp celebrates back to basics luxury. Ideal for safari enthusiasts and anyone wanting a real taste of the famed Big Five, Oliver’s Camp is known for its walking safari’s and offers a wilderness experience that’s not seen in other camps in the area. Situated in the south east section of Tarangire National Park, near the Silala and Lormakau marshes, this lovely tented campsite boasts unparalleled beauty in one of the quietest corners of East Africa. Open from June to the end of March, it’s best for game viewing in the dry season.

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Sanctuary Swala Camp

Sanctuary Swala Camp

Experience true luxury with an off-the-beaten-track safari in one of Tanzania’s least visited yet most rewarding reserves. Tucked away in a secluded pocket of Tarangire National Park, Swala Lodge is a small and exclusive tented camp offering the perfect blend of top notch accommodation, warm service and phenomenal big game viewing.

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Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tarangire Sopa is a large lodge with 75 air-conditioned rooms set amongst the trees of a wooded valley in wildlife-packed Tarangire National Park. The real highlight of this lodge is its location, deep in the park close to good game viewing areas, with elephant frequently wandering by close to the rooms, monkeys entertaining guests with their antics, and brightly coloured birds flitting through the tree branches.

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