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  • Oh Bill, what an unbelievable trip. We have seen so much and then there was even more! When someone asked Monica for her take on the highlight of the trip; she answered that everyday offered up it’s own highlight. I could not agree more. We thanked you every day of our surreal journey. Will be contacting you for our return visit to Africa.

    Christine and Monica travelled to Kenya and Zanzibar
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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire lies to the south-east of Lake Manyara just two hours drive from Arusha. It is one of the more recently established wildlife sanctuaries in Tanzania, covering some 4,160 sq. km and is often (unfairly) overlooked.

During the dry season (July to October), the Tarangire River is the main water source in the region and it attracts large concentrations of animals from the surrounding Masai Steppes. This is an excellent time to visit.

The nine distinct vegetational zones within the park include savannah, woodland, riverine grasslands and swamps. Huge baobab trees dot the landscape and the area supports a diversity of animals including huge elephant herds, buffalo, giraffe, lesser kudu, lion, leopard, wild dog, Grant’s gazelle, zebra, impala, wildebeest and klipspringer. Tarangire is also one of the few places in Tanzania where oryx can be seen.  More than 500 species of bird have been recorded.

Most game-viewing takes place by vehicle, although some of the better safari camps have walking rights and overnight fly-camping is possible. Tarangire has remained a wildlife refuge due to the presence of tsetse fly.

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