Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is home to elephants and baobab trees! This underrated park is one of Tanzania's more beautiful parks offering an outstanding safari experience. Large herds of elephants and tree climbing lions are some of the top attractions in Tarangire.
Tarangire National Park Highlights
The best time to go on safari in Tarangire 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.
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.
Lion are common throughout Tarangire, as are leopard, while cheetah seem to favour the more open areas of the south. Spotted hyena are always around, and while wild dog do sometimes pass through, sightings of them are rare.
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.
Whistling Thorn Tented Camp
Whistling Thorn Camp is set in a classic African thorn-tree bush in the Great Rift Valley with stunning views of the Escarpment. It is in a private concession that borders the Tarangire National Park, making it a prime game-viewing destination.
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.
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.
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, allowing visitors to drive all or part of the circuit.
Tarangire is an excellent reserve for elephant viewing and the famous baobab trees. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit.
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.
From around June to October, it's dry and the game returns to Tarangire's swamps, and especially, its river system. This is the best season for a game-viewing safari in Tarangire, which can be excellent.
Oliver's Camp is situated in the remote south-eastern part of the park, in the middle of Tarangire's unspoilt wilderness. A comfortable yet luxurious camp that retains the rustic accommodation feel.
Chem Chem's enviable remote location enables guests to experience a highly personalised safari. The concept of a 'slow safari' was born at Chem Chem Safari Lodge. Key is the ethos of a safari as a tangible, sensual experience beyond the confines of a vehicle, where on foot guests can see, feel, touch and smell the African bush for themselves.
Tarangire River Camp's location offers the splendour of the Great Rift Valley, stunning views over Lake Manyara, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, and easy access to the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Mawe Ninga is a small and naturally-styled tented camp that is locally owned and Tanzanian managed. The real highlight of Mawe Ninga is its authenticity, closeness with nature, friendly staff and serene atmosphere.
How to Get There
Safaris in Tanzania begin at Arusha, which is situated close to the northern safari locations.
Sun Safaris will fly guests to Kilimanjaro International Airport, which is the primary receiving airport in Tanzania. This airport is only a few kilometres away from Arusha airport, which is the safari node of the country and where most light air transfers take off from.
Once guests have landed at Kilimanjaro, they will connect with a road transfer that will take them to Arusha airport. Depending on timing of guests' itinerary, they might spend a night in Arusha before heading off on a scheduled flight to an airstrip or airport nearer their safari destination.
Tarangire National Park is situated near to Arusha and getting to one's lodge in this reserve will be a quick and easy affair. Guests will take a light air transfer to Tarangire followed by a road transfer to their lodge.
Tarangire National Park Game Viewing and Activities
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.