Tarangire National Park

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What Regions or Countries to Combine

A Tarangire safari is usually part of a tour that takes in several destinations within Tanzania or indeed further afield in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

The natural combinations with Tarangire are the nearby destinations of the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, an itinerary known as the ‘northern safari circuit’. Logistics between the destinations are smooth-running and the circuit can deliver an amazing range of wildlife experiences: the great herds of the Serengeti, the Big 5 of Ngorongoro, the flamingos of Manyara and the dry-season drama of Tarangire.

Travellers who have already visited the more famous northern destinations but are looking for a Tarangire experience may find the alternative ‘southern circuit’ to their taste. Referring to Tanzania’s less-visited conservation areas in the centre and south of the country, the southern circuit includes the giant Selous Game Reserve as well as remote and wild Ruaha, home to the largest elephant herds in east Africa.

If you are visiting Tarangire between July and October, another combination idea is to head for Kenya’s Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration. This is a time when most wildebeest are in the Masai Mara rather than in the Serengeti. And if you want to combine the big game of Tarangire with the big primates of the rainforest, ask us about a safari that includes gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. On the other hand, you could stick to primates in Tanzania and head for the chimpanzee-filled forests of Mahale Mountains or Gombe Stream national parks in the west of the country.

Browse our recommended destinations below or simply contact Safari Online with your ideas for a combination with Tarangire and we’ll put together an itinerary for you.

Zanzibar

Tanzania’s Indian Ocean archipelago is the stuff of postcards: white-sand beaches, sapphire water and idly waving palm trees – it’s the perfect post-safari treat & you can be as active or as lazy as you want. Activities range from scuba diving, snorkelling and water sports to spice & cultural tours, sunset cruises & swimming with dolphins. Ask us about resorts with kids’ clubs & dive centres or the best honeymoon hideaways.

Serengeti

There’s a reason the Serengeti is a household word: over a million wildebeest and zebra migrate across its rolling grasslands every year. It is nature’s biggest natural spectacle and one filled with predator/prey drama but the Serengeti is equally rewarding out of migration season when you’ll see far fewer people but still enjoy excellent game viewing.

Ngorongoro Crater

Enclosing perhaps the greatest concentration of big animals on the African continent, the steep walls of the Ngorongoro Crater provide sanctuary to the Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant & buffalo – as well as a host of other animals including hyenas, flamingos, wildebeest and zebra. Accommodation is set on the crater rim itself (complete with eye-popping views) or on elegant coffee estates in a nearby town.

 

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What To Do

Activities To Look Forward To

1. Go On A Game Drive

With some of the best wildlife viewing in Tanzania, the Tarangire is a place where game drives take centre stage. Morning & afternoon game drives are led by sharp-eyed guides in search of big game; a spot-lit night drive is also offered at some camps.

2. Walk Tarangire

Giving you the chance to view the finer details of the natural landscape, Tarangire lodges also offer guided walks ranging from a few hours around camp to multi-day fly-camping adventures where you leave the lodge & camp out in the wilderness.

3. Go Bird Watching

With a third of Tanzania’s birds & reputedly an area with the world’s greatest number of breeding bird species, Tarangire National Park is justifiably one of the best birding destinations anywhere & at any time of year. The bird count is an almost unbelievable 550 species.

4. Bring The Family

Ask us about family-friendly safaris in Tarangire: with great dry-season game viewing, it’s a good destination for families with older children & some of our lodges have children’s activity centres & larger accommodation units.

5. Visit The Community

Some lodges have access to local communities outside the park, many of which supply the staff & guides for the camps. A sensitively guided tour to a local village is a highlight for many guests & there is often a chance to visit community projects.

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