Tarangire National Park
2 nights 3 days
Tarangire Park was chosen in part because of the game viewing opportunities and accommodations as we stayed at the Asilia Africa property, Little Oliver’s Camp. The drive from Arusha took less than two hours but it seems much quicker since there is so much to observe along the way. The roads from Arusha are paved for the most part but regardless in the dry season dust kicks up from everywhere. I would advise eye drops and a mask otherwise, sit back and enjoy the ride!
We anticipated that Tarangire would be full of elephants and this is an understatement. Although we did not figure to see as many predators as the Serengeti we actually did not see many cats while here (we did hear them at night from our tent). This was just our luck as others at our camp saw a pregnant lion about to give birth. We did see two Cheetahs when we initially entered the park and a baby Leopard in a tree but otherwise no other cats. We did see so many
We started out in Arusha at the Arusha Coffee Lodge with our dedicated 4×4 and guide booked through Planet Africa Safaris. Our guide Jackson, worked with us from Arusha, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater where we took a flight into the Serengeti.
Having a dedicated guide allowed us to set our own schedule as it was only the two of us in the truck so if we wanted to get an extra early start or stay on Safari all day long we could. We stayed at a very small camp with only 4 others. The other 2 couples shared a vehicle that they hired for the trip. It seems that for the most part folks enter this park with dedicated guides as this is only one stop which incorporates other area like the Crater and Serengeti. I am not sure if its possible to fly into this camp or where the nearest airstrip is so you may need to give serious consideration to a dedicated guide and vehicle if visiting this park.
The Tarangire marsh areas are beautiful and very different from the other three areas we would eventually visit (Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Maasai Mara) It was very green and peaceful and drew all the elephants by the hundreds. In addition to elephants, Zebra and Giraffe are in abundance as well.
When doing my research for this safari I read so many reports about the Tse Tse flies and how bad they were. At the camps for sure there was no concern and for the most part within the park we experienced very little issues. There was one area where they were noticeable but while my travel partner was affected they pretty much left me alone.
We had 2 nights and three days in this park and I felt that it was appropriate and recommend no more than 2 days. The drive into the park was one safari drive as well as the drive out. In addition to the morning game drive we went on afternoon drives but did not do night drives. We also did a morning safari walk which I would recommend if you have the opportunity.
Once past the main entrance area of the park we seldom saw any other safari trucks and this is not something that you are likely to experience in the Serengeti or Maasai Mara.
Please enjoy the pictures and video. Send me a note if you have any particular questions.