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Kuro Tarangire

Kuro Tarangire is a permanent tented lodge set amid a grove of acacia and Kigelia trees overlooking the Tarangire River course in the heart of Tarangire National Park.

Kuro Tarangire is a small, intimate camp offering a genuine safari atmosphere and close to nature bush experience. The tented accommodation is extremely comfortable but retains a traditional feel, whilst the central lounge and dining areas are cosy and communal. Camp managers and staff are friendly and efficient, food is of a very good quality and the camp has a relaxed yet very professional feel. The setting is lovely and its central location is ideal for game viewing throughout Tarangire. With a private guide and vehicle included for every set of guests and options to undertake walks and night drives, Kuro offers the chance to explore Tarangire in depth. Kuro Tarangire is a great option for guests who enjoy a quiet, relaxed camp with high standards but which maintains a true bush atmosphere.

Rooms

Kuro Tarangire accommodates up to 14 guests in six large and spacious living tents, each being well furnished with en suite facilities consisting of a plumbed flush toilet and a traditional safari bucket shower. The tents are set under thatch and overlooking the Tarangire River course, on either side of the central mess tent. One of the tents is designed for families, with two sleeping tents, both en suite, linked by an internal hallway/lounge area. This lounge area can be open during the day and closed at night.

Central Areas

The central areas are set under reed and thatch and include the lounge and dining areas, leading out to a camp fire area. They are comfortable and very communal, with lovely views over the Tarangire River course, where game can often be seen.

Facilities

Wi-Fi – Yes
Power for Charging – Yes
Swimming Pool – No

Habitat & Wildlife

Tarangire is one of the more recently established wildlife sanctuaries, a 4,160 sq. km National Park which is often overlooked by travellers in their quest to see the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. In the dry season (July to October), the Tarangire River is the main water source in the region and it attracts large concentrations of animals. The nine distinct vegetational zones within the park include savannah, woodland, riverine grasslands and the swamps in the south-eastern section. In the northern section, great baobabs dominate the undulating countryside – very picturesque.

The area supports a wide diversity of animals including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lesser kudu, lion, leopard, wild dog, Grant’s gazelle, wildebeest, Coke’s hartebeest (kongoni), zebra, eland, waterbuck, dik dik and reedbuck. On rocky outcrops, keep a special lookout for rock hyrax and klipspringer. Tarangire is also one of the few places in Tanzania where oryx can be seen. The park has long been associated with the Tanzania Bird Atlas and a phenomenal 550 plus species have been recorded with a good cross-section of species found in the various habitats. Tsetse fly do occur in Tarangire and can be particularly bad during the wetter periods (November to March).

Kuro Camp is located far enough south in the park to avoid the heavy tourism traffic around the northern section of the park, thus it is usually possible from Kuro to enjoy a fairly exclusive game viewing experience.

Activities

Game drives by open or closed four-wheel drive vehicles are the principal activity in Tarangire. Drive in guests will have their own closed vehicle and private guide, whilst fly-in guests would share activities unless a private vehicle is paid for. Guided nature walks are also available. There is a raised viewing platform around five minutes’ walk from camp which makes a relaxing afternoon activity, watching over the river the wildlife it attracts. At additional cost, night drives are possible and can be booked in advance or locally when in camp.

Seasons

Kuro is open from June through to mid-March each year, though game viewing in Tarangire is best from late June to October. Birding is best from October to March.

Kuro Tarangire accepts children from 8 years old and is suitable for families looking for a tented bush adventure in Tarangire. The family tent is perfect for families who wish to be under one roof together at night. The ethos of Nomad Tanzania and the staff and guides at Kuro will ensure that families are incredibly well looked after.

Nomad Tanzania, owners of Kuro, set up the Nomad Trust in 2007. The Trust supports wildlife and people in the remote areas in which Nomad operates where, bordering the national parks, human and wildlife conflict can often be found.

The Trust also partners trade, health and educational organisations in Arusha. Sidai Designs work with Maasai women who create high end beaded jewellery that is attractive to the Western market yet still maintaining the traditional skill of their craft. The jewellery can be found for sale in some of Nomad’s camp shops. The Trust also supports Shanga, a local social enterprise whose handmade glassware, produced by people with disabilities, is used in the camps and so providing them employment and income.

The Plaster House in Arusha is a home which helps children with physical disabilities from all over Tanzania by offering the surgery they require. The Nomad Trust raises awareness of such health problems by running programmes in the communities close to their camps, where often such impairments are hidden, and so enabling them to seek care from the Plaster House.

The Trust supports the Simanjiro Grazing Easement project in Tarangire which works with local communities in the Maasai Steppe to ensure that productive land is set aside for both livestock and wildlife. Many species, including wildebeest and zebra, depend on the mineral rich soil and grasslands in Simanjiro’s plains for successful breeding and with the conversion of these areas to agriculture discussions took place with the villages in Simanjiro. The villagers then agreed to not farm or settle on large areas of grassland, which would be kept for wildlife, in return for annual fees which Nomad pay each year. They continue to identify other areas in need of protecting grassland for wildlife grazing and work to build relationships with their local communities with the same aim.

ALTERNATIVE CAMPS IN The TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK