In Tarangire, thousands of elephants ramble beneath the gnarled branches of 500-year-old baobab trees. Although often overlooked, this remote national park in northern Tanzania has a bounty of wildlife to discover in its woodlands, lakes, grasslands and swamps. Visit in the dry season between July and October and you’ll see tens of thousands of animals in the midst of a mini-migration, drawn to the lifeline of the Tarangire River. While 300-strong prides of elephant bathe in its cool, silvery depths, snorting herds of buffalo graze on the shoreline and elegant gazelles stop to drink, trailed by Africa’s most fearsome predators.
Exciting chase scenes, straight from a David Attenborough documentary, take place at the Silale Swamp, where lions and cheetahs whip through the grasslands in pursuit of zebras and baby wildebeest. Rarer to spot are the shy oryx, giraffe-necked gerenuks and endangered wild dogs who find sanctuary in Tarangire. Wander the park on foot with a Maasai guide to feel the ancient earth beneath your feet, glimpse some of the area’s 500 bird species and learn the secrets of medicinal plants used by this tribe for generations. By night, watch the Maasai perform traditional dance displays around the bonfire as stars sparkle above.
Let our Tanzania team arrange your bespoke Tarangire adventure, complete with stays at secluded safari lodges, national park game drives and Maasai cultural experiences.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Gemma, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.
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