Luxury safari Tarangire, Tanzania - private safari package

Lions seen drinking on a luxury safari at Little Chem Chem


Top reasons to choose a Tarangire luxury safari

Greatest dry season concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti Ecosystem

During the dry season, the Tarangire river is a mere trickle of water. But it is the only source of water in these parts and attracts thousands of migratory animals from the surrounding dry Maasai plains. Large herds of elephant dig for water in the damp soil of the dry river bed while the shrinking lagoons get crowded by the animals.

Big game safari experience

Tarangire is famous for its elephant population - reputedly the largest concentration of elephant on the northern safari circuit - and large herds are seen in the dry and wet season. Comparatively rare antelope species such as eland, the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked generuk are regularly seen. Lion and leopard are abundant, and tree-climbing lions are sometimes observed. Buffalo, giraffe, zebra and a plentiful variety of antelope occur including waterbuck, kudu, impala, wildebeest, as well as smaller mammals.

Variety of activities

Depending on the selected Tarangire luxury camp or luxury lodge, the following could form part of your Tarangire safari itinerary: early morning and late afternoon open vehicle game drives, open vehicle half and full day excursions in Tarangire National Park, walking safaris, night drives, birding, hot air ballooning, visit to a local Maasai family, visit to a local philanthropic project, a conservation safari with the anti-poaching unit.

Picturesque landscape with picnics under the baobab trees

One of the most celebrated features of Tarangire National Park and the surrounding private reserves is the ancient and huge baobab trees that dot the acacia landscape. Some of the largest baobab trees in East Africa can be seen here, and a picnic under the shade of one of these giants is magical.

Abundant and colorful birdlife

Bird watching in Tarangire is excellent.  More than 550 species of bird occur, many of which breed in the swamps and along the river banks. Ostriches, Kori bustards and ground hornbills are often seen walking in the drier savanna areas, and keep an eye open for yellow-collared love birds and colorful barbets up in the trees.

A park largely undiscovered by tourists

Tarangire National Park is slightly off the beaten track and one of the least visited parks on the northern safari circuit in Tanzania. The low visitor numbers make for excellent exclusive game sightings, even inside the national park itself.

Our preferred Tarangire luxury camps 

On request your personal safari itinerary could include alternative Tarangire safari lodges and camps. 

Make a difference in an African community - book a Tarangire luxury safari

Sanctuary Swala - one of our preferred Tarangire luxury lodges and camps - is actively involved in a beekeeping project in the village of Mwika, on the western border of Tarangire National Park. Beekeeping is a traditional activity for this community and a staple in their diet. But by using the bark of trees to make hives, they expose the trees to disease. This project supplies the community with hives made from wood taken from sustainable forests. The project has already grown from 10 to 30 hives and further growth is envisaged. The increased production allows the community to not only provide for their own consumption, but also to sell their residual honey. Sanctuary sponsored equipment for bottling and distribution, and helped to establish a project for the making of colorful beaded Maasai cloths that are used to cover the lids of the honey jars. Subject to further funding, more honey products and flavors are in the pipeline. Guests staying at Sanctuary Swala safari camp can arrange a visit to see the project and interact with the community.

Support conservation efforts in Tarangire 

Tarangire National Park and surroundings are particularly vulnerable to ongoing poaching. A good tarmac road infrastructure and the proximity of lucrative bush meat markets in Arusha are attractive to poachers. Chem Chem safaris have set up their own anti-poaching unit, of which the base camp is 15 minutes away from Little Chem Chem - one of our preferred Tarangire luxury tented camps. Guests staying at Little Chem Chem bush camp are invited to spend the morning on a 'conservation safari' - have coffee with the rangers at their base camp at sunrise, attend the morning meeting where the day's schedule is discussed, assist to collect data from the night cameras, join the rangers as they do the rounds of the game posts, deliver breakfast to the fly camp rangers etc. Donations to support the anti-poaching effort at Little Chem Chem are most welcome.

Big Life Foundation would like to expand its anti-poaching operations into Tarangire but lack of funding remains an obstacle. The aim is to establish a ranger outpost in the Burunge area adjacent to Tarangire National Park. Burunge is a critical wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks. Training and support of community rangers and the establishment of an informant network are other important aspects of the proposed expansion into Tarangire. Currently Big Life Foundation operates mainly in the Amboseli/Kilimanjaro ecosystem where it has established successful ranger posts in both Kenya and Tanzania. For now until the proposed expansion can become a reality, Big Life Foundation tracker dogs stationed further north in the Kilimanjaro area are from time to time called in to Tarangire to assist in tracking down poachers and their loot.

Best time of year for a luxury safari in Tarangire

Tarangire is an excellent all-year safari destination, but if you specifically want to see large concentrations of big game and your schedule is flexible, then plan to visit in the dry season. During this time - from June to October - the landscape is parched, the earth a dusty red and the straw-colored remaining grass brittle and withered. Huge herds of animals congregate along the Tarangire river. With the coming of the Short Rains in November, the herds disperse but the animals are still present, and birding is excellent. Most camps are closed in April and May when heavy rain usually occurs. Tarangire has a warm temperate climate year round. Maximum day temperatures range from 24 to 30°C (75 to 86°F) and minimum night temperatures range from 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F). June and July are the coolest months. 

Contact us for a personalized African luxury safari itinerary that includes Tarangire

We create a private luxury African safari package, tailor-made to suit your own specific profile and requirements. We recommend to combine your luxury Tarangire safari with other luxury lodges and  safari camps in Tanzania or elsewhere in East Africa. On request your luxury Tarangire safari can also be combined with luxury safari camps and lodges in Southern Africa, but this will involve more travelling.

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