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The National Parks of Northern Tanzania: Tarangire National Park

One of Tarangire's famous elephants.

I most recently visited Tarangire National Park this past June and was amazed by the wealth and density of wildlife within it's borders. Located in northern Tanzania, Tarangire National Park is 1,100 square miles - about the size of Rhode Island. It's conveniently located just south of Arusha, the main gateway into the heart of Tanzania's safari country. Once you pass through the gates of the park, the scenery is immediately dominated by other-worldly baobab trees and one of the highest mammal densities of any park in Tanzania, particularly during the dry season of August to October when the wildlife seeks out the permanent waters of the Tarangire River.

Elephants are a particular highlight, with some of the herds in the park consisting of over 300 members! These herds do migrate but even at the end of the wet season when most of them are out of the park, you can still have amazing encounters with some of the resident populations. Cats of all sizes (lion, leopard, serval, caracal, genet and cheetah) are also inhabitants of the park. The perennial wetlands along the eastern edge of the park provide habitat for more than 550 bird species. Zebra, buffalo and spotted hyenas are also commonly seen.

If you stay at Oliver's Camp, you can spend a morning on a walking safari with your own guide or go on a night game drive. If you're lucky you might even spot a honey badger (or two) and an aardvark like I did on my very first night's game drive!

Another great nearby option is Maramboi Tented Camp where you can enjoy a morning walk to the shores of Lake Manyara.  

A guided morning bush walk on the shores of Lake Manyara at sunrise - one of the benefits of staying at Maramboi Tented Camp.

 Ready to book your adventure or have any questions? Ask me!

Your friendly Africa safari expert,

Chris Moriarty
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