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  • Dear Mary, my apologies for delay but I started this a few days after we returned and then life took over!! We are all agreed that it was the most fantastic holiday. Emma thoroughly enjoyed her first Safari and loved Fanjove. Sitting in the co-pilots seat on the Ruaha-Selous leg was a first for her too! So … thank you very much for organising such a wonderful holiday for us all. We probably won’t be visiting Africa in 2018 but you never know and we will be sure to contact you for any future Africa trips [Namibia very high on the list].

    Gilli, Daryl, Victoria, Henry and Emma travelled to Tanzania
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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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