Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, East Africa
Maramboi Tented Camp is ideally placed to explore the ecosystems of both Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. Sited on the endless rolling golden grasslands and palm-fringed desert that lies between Tarangire and Lake Manyara, the camp offers the splendor of the Great Rift Valley, stunning views over Lake Manyara, easy access to the Ngorongoro Highlands and the background of Ol Donyo Lengai, the sacred mountain of the Maasai.
Maramboi Tented Camp is situated on a 25,000 hectare Maasai communal ranch. During the wet season the ‘pans' (shallow depressions) of this area fill with water, which attracts huge flocks of flamingoes and other water birds. The camp is also ideally placed for watching the migration of the wildebeest, which on the tree-less plains can be more easily and more graphically observed than elsewhere. The camp offers just 20 spacious tents, all surrounded by timber decks, while activities include guided walks, ornithology and cultural interaction with the Datoga and Maasai people, whose communities lie adjacent to the camp. The camp also offers its own swimming pool.
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 camps in Tanzania
When on safari in Tanzania, the traditional luxury safari camp offers a selection of canvas-sided safari tents, usually with thatched roofs, 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 camp
Maramboi Tented Camp is situated on a 25,000 hectare Maasai communal ranch, which lies in the migration corridor that links Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park. The camp can be reached via air from Arusha airport (25 minute flight to land at Manyara airstrip). The camp lies 2 hour's drive from Arusha.
• 30km from Arusha
• 14km from Tarangerie National Park
• 260km from Kambi ya Tembo
• 90 km from Manyara National Park
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.
Your Tanzania luxury camp safari
The extraordinary ecosystem of Tarangire-Manyara is one of the world's most outstanding habitats according to the World Wildlife Fund.
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.
Maramboi Tented Camp, 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 Maramboi
Maramboi Tented Camp 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 camp
The 20 spacious double tents are raised on generous wooden decks, all are ensuite (hot and cold running water, showers and flushed WCs) and have 24-hour electricity. Services include laundry, early-morning tea and coffee and limited tent service.
Dining and bars: Tanzania luxury safari camp
Maramboi Tented Camp offers a central dining room and bar with outdoor and indoor dining spaces. Beautifully located on an elevated wooden platform with a traditional thatched roof, the Maramboi Tented Camp dining area is encircled by palm trees and offers uninterrupted views of the lake and bush beyond. Dining is table d'hote or buffet. Private dining can also be offered on the individual decks of each tent.
Conferences and events: Tanzania luxury safari camp
The camp 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 Maramboi Tented Camp
The camp makes an ideal Tanzania wedding destination.
Child-friendly facilities at Maramboi Tented Camp
The camp welcomes children and will be pleased to supply additional beds.
What to see and do on your Tanzania luxury camp safari
Activities include, game drives, guided walking safaris (around the shores of Lake Manyara), bird watching on the shores of the not too distant Lake Manyara and cultural interaction with Datoga and Maasai, whose bomas populate the adjacent land.
Tanzania luxury camp safari experiences in Tarangire
Typical Tanzania safari experiences at Maramboi Tented Camp 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 camp safari campfire and guided safari walks through the bush. The camp 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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