Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, East Africa
The Tarangire Safari Lodge - A lodge and tented camp in one
Built on top of a high bluff, and carved from the living landscape, below which flows the Tarangire River, the superb Tarangire Safari Lodge offers one of the finest views in Africa. Attracting large numbers of game, the broad decks allow for optimum game-viewing, without ever leaving the lodge. Offering a choice of luxury tented rooms or chalets, the lodge has its own pool and the extensive grounds offer a wide range of nature walks. The lodge also offers a restaurant, bar and lounge and a gift-shop.
The Tarangire National Park
Tarangire, named after the Tarangire River which runs through it, is an arid haven, peppered with ancient baobab trees, towering termite mounts, and home to huge herds of elephant. Only 30km from the Rift Valley escarpment, this national park falls outside the nutrient-rich volcanic belt and therefore its annual rainfall is very low (550mm). As a result, much of the national park is semi-arid, dominated by baobabs, acacias and Doum Palms, often festooned with the nests of African palm swifts.
Luxury tented safari lodges in Tanzania
When on safari in Tanzania, the traditional luxury safari camp/lodge offers a selection of canvas-sided safari tents, usually with thatched rooves, often raised on a timber platform with private verandah. Usually, the luxury safari tents feature comfortable double or single beds with mosquito netting, electric lighting (generator or solar powered) and luxury ensuite safari bathrooms (flushed WC, hot and cold running water, shower and vanity unit).
Location: Tanzania luxury safari lodge
Tarangire Safari Lodge is situated inside Tarangire National Park in the north of Tanzania. From Arusha town, the drive is around 2 hours (120 km) on a good tarmac road. If you wish to arrive by air, a light aircraft can be chartered to fly into the Park. Tarangire Safari Lodge is just 10km away from the park airstrip. We are within easy driving distance of many of Tanzania's famous parks on the northern safari circuit.
• Lake Manyara National Park: 90 km (about 1.5 hr)
• Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area: 150 km km (about 2.5 hrs)
• Serengeti National Park: 295 km km (about 6 hrs)
• Arusha National Park: 170km (about 3 hrs)
The lodge can be reached from the following major airports.
• Arusha airport (for domestic flights) 110km, 2 hours
• Kilimanjaro International Airport (served by KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, and Condor Air) 165km, 3 hrs
• Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi, Kenya) 400km, 6-7 hrs
Tarangire is 114km from Arusha, Tanzania. The national park lies around 7km off the main Arusha-Dodoma road. The Tarangire National Park lies at the core of the much larger Tarangire Conservation Area (TCA), which extends across the Maasai Steppes. This area was once used for trophy hunting until it was restored to the traditional Maasai owners in the late 1990s.
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Tarangire is famous for its large herds of elephants (there are over 3,000 elephant in the park), also for its large numbers of lions (which can often be seen digging for water in the dry riverbeds), leopards, African buffalos, and lesser and great kudus. Tarangire is also world-renowned for its birds, boasting some 450 recorded species. Of the 60 raptor species that occur in Tanzania, 49 occur in Tarangire. What is more, the national park's open habitat (especially in the northern sector), dotted with leafless trees makes for ideal bird-watching conditions.
Tarangire luxury Safari wildlife highlights
Plains game is abundant in the dry East Africa season. East Africa mammals include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, zebra, lesser kudu, eland, and buffalo. Birds: Tarangire national park offers more than 450 species of birds.
When to visit Tarangire Safari Lodge
Tarangire Safari Lodge is open all year round and offers plentiful game viewing experiences in all seasons. Perhaps the best time to visit Tarangire, however, is in the East Africa dry season (July to October), especially to see large numbers of ungulates (at this time, many ungulates in the more famous Serengeti have migrated north to Kenya). Second only to the Ngorongoro Crater as a dry-season (June/July) sanctuary for vast herds of migratory creatures, the national park's wildlife tend to follow clearly defined seasonal patterns.
First to move north-east out of the national park, often as far as Lake Natron, are the zebras and wildebeests, which begin their trek in October. After them, trek the gazelles, buffaloes, elands, oryxes and hartebeests. Finally, the elephants move out of the national park. The Defassa waterbucks, impalas, giraffes, lesser kudus, Kirk's dik and warthogs, meanwhile, remain resident. The return of Tarangire's migratory species begins in June and July; firstly with the oryxes and elands, then the elephants; and finally, the zebras and wildebeest.
Accommodation: Tanzania luxury safari lodge
Tarangire Safari Lodge offers a selection of 35 luxury twin tents (each with ensuite bathrooms (hot and cold running water, flushed WCs and showers), stylish décor, electricity and panoramic verandas. In front of each tent is a small veranda where you can sit, relax, admire the view, and watch the wildlife. The large canvas doors unzip to reveal the bedroom, where you find two comfortable single beds and a writing table and chair. Three sides of the thick canvas walls can be rolled up to expose netted windows. The bathroom includes a solar-heated shower with ample hot water, flush toilet, and a dressing room with a wash basin, mirror, clothes rack and laundry basket.
Tarangire Safari Lodge also offers a selection of circular bungalows built from local stone in the traditional Maasai fashion. Their thick walls, large windows and thatched roof ensure that they remain cool even in the heat of the day. The rooms are tastefully furnished and spacious, light and airy. Electric lights and sockets are powered by our camp generator (220V). In the bedroom you will find a double and a single bed, providing enough room to accommodate three adults, or a small family comfortably.
The bathroom is spacious and bright with a large shower and plenty of solar heated water. The dressing area is equipped with a wash basin, and a flush toilet. In front of the bungalow is a smaller thatched hut with folding safari chairs and a table, which serves as your veranda. It offers a great view down into the valley and makes the perfect spot to unwind after a day's game viewing, and sip a sun-downer while you enjoy the view.
Dining and bars: Tanzania luxury safari lodge
At the heart of Tarangire Safari Lodge stand the impressively high-thatched roofs of the lounge, bar and dining room. Here, the open-sided styling allows for uninterrupted views both of the landscape and the wildlife below, while the cuisine features the best of home-cooked safari-style menus. The lounge features massive armchairs, made from the wood of Zanzibari dhows.
Your day can begin at sunrise with tea or coffee delivered to your room. Our extensive breakfast buffet offers a variety of fresh fruit, homemade breads and pastries, cereals, yoghurt and porridge, served alongside freshly brewed Tanzanian coffee or tea. Cooked English-style breakfasts can be ordered to energize your day's game viewing. Lunches are typically served buffet style, with a varying selection of soups, salads, and hot and cold dishes...and an assortment of delicious deserts. Dinner is a 3-course meal served at your table. The Tarangire Safari Lodge menu will typically include a wide selection of East Africa, Tanzania and traditional safari choices as well as numerous international choices.
Conferences and events: Tanzania luxury safari lodge
Tarangire Safari Lodge does not offer specific conference facilities but will be happy to quote for small meetings and social gatherings. A wide range of Tanzania incentives can also be arranged in or around the national park.
Weddings and honeymoons at Tarangire Safari Lodge
Tarangire Safari Lodge makes an ideal Tanzania wedding destination. The camp offers its own exclusive honeymoon suite, which is situated near a secluded overlook of the river and is furnished with a large double bed made of old dhow wood.
Child-friendly facilities at Tarangire Safari Lodge
Children are most welcome (family accommodation is provided) and children's meals are offered. The pool also features a waterslide and splash area.
Tanzania luxury lodge safari experiences in Tarangire
Typical Tanzania safari experiences at Tarangire Safari Lodge include: safari game drives in especially adapted 4WD safari vehicles (with professionally trained Tanzania safari guides), safari bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners; cocktails around the lodge safari campfire and guided safari walks through the bush.
Tarangire Safari Lodge also offers ornithological tours, cultural performances and visits to the local Maasai people of Tanzania. Walking tours and night game drives can also be enjoyed in the larger Tarangire Conservation Area, which is immediately adjacent to the national park.
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