Tailor-made Tarangire National Park Safaris

Without a doubt, exploring the magic of Tarangire National Park safaris and activities is a thrilling experience especially during the dry season (July through to October)! From the moment you set foot in Tarangire National Park, a sense of serenity overcomes you – 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.

Seasons, Wildlife & Landscape of Tarangire National Park

Getting its name from the Tarangire River which flows through it, Tarangire National Park is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania. It is situated in Manyara Region covering a region of around 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles). You will see a large network of swamps that provides an important water body and sanctuary for a variety of wild animals including buffalo, giraffe, elephant, African wild dog, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, eland, leopard and cheetah.

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.

Birds of Tarangire National Park

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 Safaris – What to expect on game drives!

Explore Tarangire National Park Safaris with our local professional safari guides. Depending on your itinerary, you can start your Tarangire National Park Safari from Arusha or Kilimanjaro. During the dry season, Tarangire has so much to offer, therefore we recommend you spend at least two days in this lovely park. At the park, you will enjoy a private game driving with your professional safari guide and vehicle. Lunch will be a classic safari picnic within the park, while enjoying a glimpse of the great wilds of Northern Tanzania. After a full day safari in Tarangire National Park, you will be taken to your handpicked safari camp or lodge where you will unwind and savour some delicious food and sundowners. To enhance your tailor-made Tarangire National Park safaris, you will have an option to experience a unique night game drive in which you will get to see some marvelous nocturnal wildlife under the blanket of million stars and magical moonlight. Ready to start planning? Call us at 1-315-805-4040 to speak with your Tanzania safari expert and start planning your unforgettable journey to Africa.


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Wito's Top Picks - Accommodation in Tarangire National Park

Chem Chem

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.

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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.

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Lolkisale Bush Camp – Tarangire

Tucked away in a secluded corner of the Tarangire National Park, Lolkisale Camp is a stylish brand new property that is surrounded by some excellent game-viewing spots. Lolkisale Camp is situated right in the heart of the park, on the edge of an open wetland. Here, you’ll have the unique experience of watching the drama of nature unfold while sipping a coffee or wine on your front porch. In these wetlands, the view changes each day as different herds pass by in search of water, and after them, the big cats that inevitably follow. And, since this camp is so well situated within the park, your adventure begins at first light. There’s no waiting at the gate to get in.

Lolkisale boutique camp is composed of nine, custom-designed luxury safari tents with attention paid to every detail. Everything from the soothing colour palette, to locally-woven rugs, to the soft touch of your sheets at night was selected to bring luxury and local flavour to this secluded corner of Tanzania’s most beautiful national park. We highly recommend Lolkisale because the bespoke experience of this intimate safari camp complements our personal approach to every guest.

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Sanctuary Swala Camp

What we love about this camp is its total seclusion. Its 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.

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Maramboi Tented Camp

[in the vicinity of the Tarangire National Park’s gate]

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.

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Kuro Tarangire [Tarangire National Park]

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.

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