The home of baobaobs and elephants
The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife.
Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here, always, there is water. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk can be observed, although very rarely.
Tarangire is one of the most diverse parks in Tanzania and situated in the north-western corner of Tanzania’s Masai Steppe, east of The Great Rift Valley. Covering an area of 1,360 sq km comprising scattered acacia woodland, baobab and palm trees, plains, swamps and rivers. There is an abundance of big game including lion, elephant and buffalo, as well as a vast bird and lesser game population.
More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
When is the best time to visit?
Tarangire is one of Lemasani’s favourites; it is a gem that is overlooked by many travellers because it is not one of the more famous parks in the northern circuit. Tarangire is amazing for game viewing between July and January; starting mid January and forward it’s not as good although bird watching is excellent this period, maybe even one of the best in Tanzania.
What is there to do?
Day game driving is the main activity in Tarangire and in season it’s amazing; the large area of the park will give you a quiet game viewing you will not find anywhere else in the north. If you like elephants then you will love Tarangire; the park has more than 5000 elephants. Night game driving and walking safaris are only available if you stay outside the park.
How about accomodation?
Our by far favourite camps to stay are actually situated outside the park boarders; Twc’s Lake Burunge and Maromboi are both situated beautifully and secluded with amazing views and lot of game activitiy nearby.
Other great places to stay in outside the boarders are Osupuko Lodge and Kirurumu Lodge and our favourite on the higher end Elewana’s Tarangire Tree Tops that is situated in the tree tops.
Inside the park Tarangire Safari Lodge and Tarangire Sopa Lodge are classic and very good value. On the absolute high end there Oliver’s Camp and Swala Tarangire Camp.
For a camping safari Tarangire offers the best there is; the location of the public campsites are absolutely beautiful with a lot of animal activity both daytime and nighttime.
Some beautiful captures of a beautiful Tarangire