Tanzania > Tarangire National Park


  • Hi Michele, We had a fantastic time and saw so many animals! Faru Faru was out of this world, probably the best hotel / lodge we have ever stayed in. The hosts were lovely and we loved the atmosphere of the place, luxury but very informal. The game drives from there were fantastic, we saw so many animals and it really felt like we were in the middle of the Serengeti and hardly saw any other Singita jeeps. We also saw a kill too, by a lioness which was fantastic. The Plantation Lodge was also great, we had a huge room and the food was fantastic. The crater was good to go to on our first few days, but yes there were a lot of jeeps as you said and felt more like a safari park, but we did see lots of animals there and the crater itself was incredible. Our guide, Martin from Asilia was also very nice. Matemwe was lovely, we really like the informal relaxed feel about the place and we caught up on lots of sleep. Again, the food was fantastic and really varied for such a small lodge. All the transfers worked really well and everyone was there in time which made things very easy. Thanks again for a fantastic and easy trip. PS The honeymoon and birthday touches were also very nice, Faru Faru even made Scott an early birthday cake.

    Scott and Miranda travelled on honeymoon to Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti 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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