Tarangire National Park
A sense of serenity overcomes you almost from the moment you set foot in Tarangire National Park, thanks to the open spaces, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, set against the breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the southern mountains. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti, and your game viewing experience will be one-of-a-kind.
Wildlife Encounters in Tarangire NP
Before the rains, hordes of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, impala and buffalo migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains to graze and drink from the shrinking lagoons, and it also boasts one of the highest population densities of elephants in the whole of Tanzania. When the rains come, the migratory visitors scatter more widely, but herds of up to 300 elephants are hard to miss in any season! Looking closely into the trees you might spot a python, or even a lion or leopard lounging in the branches.
The green-tinged swamps are home to 550 bird varieties: the most breeding species in a single habitat of anywhere in the world. On drier ground, you can also see the kori bustard (Africa’s heaviest flying bird) and the stocking-thighed ostrich (the world’s largest bird).
Tarangire National Park Gallery
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK MAP
Wito's Top Picks - Accommodation in Tarangire NP
This is one of our top picks if your priority is relaxation in a remote location. We like the vintage feel of these stylish tents, and the fact that they are at least 80 meters apart, so you can enjoy stunning views in peace and privacy. Ideal for couples and honeymooners, there’s a secluded pool, a gym, and even a spa. When you’re feeling more active, it’s a good base for setting out on walking safaris, visits to Maasai villages, and a romantic moonlit dinner. We love recommending Chem Chem because the bespoke experience of this intimate safari lodge complements our personal approach to every client.
Elewana Tarangire Treetops
For those clients that are looking for something completely unique and a little more adventurous, we recommend the “treehouse” suites of Elewana. We’ve found them to be surprisingly spacious and elegantly furnished for something that calls itself a “treehouse”! Wrapped around a baobab tree, the impressive dining room, reception and lounge give you front row seats to a popular waterhole, and the site itself is on the path of an annual elephant migration, so you can spot wildlife from the comfort of your luxury vantage point. This is also a great base for guided walking safaris, day or night time game drives, and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of bush dining.
Sanctuary Swala Camp
What we love about this camp is its total seclusion. It’s perfect for a personal retreat or a romantic getaway, and makes an absolutely idyllic honeymoon destination. Sanctuary Swala Camp is the only camp in this corner of the Tarangire National Park, shaded by giant acacia trees and offering unbroken views to the vast savannah. You will sleep under canvas but enjoy the luxury and service of a five-star hotel, including an en suite bathroom and a personal attendant. You can order in the cocktails and enjoy the view, with waterbucks, lions, and numerous elephants regularly dropping in to the local waterhole. For newlyweds that want to kick off their marriage in unforgettable style, this is one of our absolute favorites.
Maramboi Tented Camp
For those interested in archaeology, evolution and the origins of mankind, Maramboi Tented Camp is in a prime location. This is a permanent camp between Tarangire and Manyara Lake and is a great base for exploring the Rift Valley, as well as safari walks and game drives. This large camp also makes plenty of room for families with children, offering interconnected suite rooms.
An ideal choice for a stylish yet secluded retreat, Kuro is situated away from the busy north of Tarangire National Park and is surrounded by some excellent game-viewing spots. This is a small and simple camp, making it a more cost-effective option for many of our clients, while still offering all the comfort and facilities you need. The light and airy safari tents have their own verandahs, as well as en suite bucket showers and flush eco-toilets, so you don’t have to sacrifice amenities and privacy for this bush experience. We’ve found that this is another good option for families as there is a larger family tent that includes two bathrooms and a connected seating area.