Tarangire

Tarangire

The striking baobab trees, acacia woodland and vast riverine forests of the Tarangire National Park are a ‘must-see’ on any North Tanzanian Safari Circuit. The meandering Tarangire River attracts a huge variety of wildlife from wildebeest, zebra, kudu and reedbuck, to an abundance of lion, cheetah and leopard. The park is famed for its mind-blowing (vast) concentrations of elephant, and although it’s located just 100km south of its (bustling and) better-known counterpart, the Serengeti, it has a distinctly remote and authentic feel, more akin to Southern Tanzania’s untrammelled Selous and Ruaha reserves.

During the November to May ‘Green Season’, Tarangire’s swamps make many areas inaccessible and animals tend to disperse elsewhere. However, the June to October dry season draws them back to the rivers in their thousands. Swamps dry out and the game-viewing is superb. Always come prepared, though, for the tse-tse flies which can be a pest in some forested areas.

Many visitors make short pit-stops in the northern sector of the park en route elsewhere, and vehicle congestion can be a risk, particularly during the July to September high season. However, adventurous travellers prepared to take the time to journey further south will be rewarded with a remarkable experience, well off the beaten track. There’s a surprisingly good range of high quality tented camps to choose from, and both day and night vehicle safaris are offered, along with the unique opportunity to get out and explore on foot.

Often regarded as a poor relation to the world-famous Serengeti, Tarangire does in fact offer excellent dry-season game viewing, with fabulous birdlife to boot. Remote, yet relatively accessible, a visit to this stunning national park with its untouched and authentic charm should not be overlooked.


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Comprehensive and good value nine day safari tour of North Tanzanian National Parks with exhilarating daily guided game drives and comfortable stays in characterful tented camps.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $4,045 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $896 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,851 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $896 per person economy class from London

Superb 9 day fly-in safari featuring superb Asilia Camps in Tarangire, Ngorongoro Highlands and the Serengeti.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $7,252 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $895 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Oliver's Camp

Tarangire

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate camp with exclusive feel
- Walking safaris, night drives
- Balloon safaris
- Fly camping

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning tree-top accommodation
- Walking safaris, night drives
- Cultural visits
- Spectacular birdlife

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