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The best time to go on safari in Tarangire National Park is towards the end of the dry season (September to November), when animals from the surrounding ecosystem concentrate in large numbers near the Tarangire River, which is the only permanent water source in the area. There are two rainy seasons, the short rains which generally occur in November and December, and the long rains, from mid March to the end of May.
Although many visitors are anxious about the rains this can be a great time to visit the park. Dramatic skies and fabulous sunsets are not uncommon. Rain showers are usually heavy but short, allowing plenty of time to get out and see animals indulging on the flush of verdant grass.
Tarangire is typically combined in an itinerary with Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, forming the "northern circuit". These 3 reserves are close enough to each other (and to Arusha town) to allow visitors to drive all or part of the circuit.
Typically our guests would be driven from Arusha town to Tarangire on the first day of their safari. It is a comfortable drive (depending on the location of the camp) and most of the journey is actually spent within the reserve moving from the main gate to the camp, thus allowing for a game drive to be incorporated into the trip. Alternatively, most camps can be reached by a 40 minute flight from Arusha airport.
Tarangire is a excellent reserve for elephant and the famous boabab tree.
Walking is allowed at a number of camps allowing guests to experience something other than game drives. This is especially true if guests have transferred from Arusha the previous day and have just got off an international flight the evening before.
Tarangire National Park is noted as a safari destination for its elephant population and spectacular baobabs of every shape and colour. The parks name is derived from the Tarangire River, the parks only source of permanent water. In the dry season this river is the lifeline, attracting much of the game. Huge herds of elephant, Zebra, buffalo, wildebeest and rhino and lion enjoy this terrain and are frequently seen.
The Tarangire Park is also synonymous with two of the rarer game species; The greater kudu and the Fringe-eared Oryx. In addition, leopard and tree-climbing pythons often inhabit the trees. Due to the low volume of traffic in the park, the game is wild, being unaccustomed to vehicles, this offers a truly unique experience
For guests on the Full Game Package, two game viewing drives in open-topped 4WD vehicles are included in the package. Large herds of antelope of all sorts including: eland, lesser kudu, Kongoni, impala, Zebra, gazelles, buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, elephant, rhino and lots of smaller mammals.
Swala Camp is one of the best camps in Tarangire National Park. It is situated in a remote area in the western section of the park. The park is famous for elephant which can frequently be seen in and around the camp as well as at the camp's waterhole.
Tarangire River Camp is set within 25000 hectares of concession area. Included on the land is a branch of the Tarangire River itself, which the camp overlooks. The property is in a great location for game viewing only 3.5km from the main entrance to the Park.
Oliver's Camp is a lovely tented camp situated in a low, sandy ridge. Open from June to the end of March, it is particularly good for game in the height of the dry season, when the marshes attract huge herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest.
In the west of Tarangire National Park, Mawe Ninga Tented Camp has an impressive position on a high kopje, overlooking the soda lake of Lake Burungi, with Lake Manyara in the far distance.
Burunge Camp is situated only ten minutes away from Tarangire National Park on a concession area run by the local Maasai community. This allows freedom of movement and a choice of activities. 20 Luxury tents and 10 chalets provide a variety of accommodation choices.
Little Oliver’s Camp comprises of 5 luxury, en-suite tents overlooking a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools, part of the Tarangire River. The camp includes famous walking safaris and fly camping. Walks may vary from a morning walk to a three day adventure.
Tarangire Treetops is situated southwest of Arusha in a private conservation area bordering the Tarangire National Park and offers luxurious accommodation in tents raised on wooden platforms offering spectacular views over the Tarangire Sand River.
The Lodge lies in a 4000ha private wildlife concession between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara. Eight stylish and secluded tent-style suites evoke the spirit of a vintage contemporary safari.