“Tarangire River Camp is one exception to our policy of rarely recommending campgrounds outside of the park.” Families are welcome at Tarangire River Camp, which is also ideal for singles, couples, groups, and honeymooners. Amazing views of the sixth-largest national park in Africa, which includes its grasslands, wetlands, woods, and the lovely River Tarangire, may be seen from its high perch. An excellent starting point for exploring one of Africa’s national parks with the greatest diversity of species is Tarangire River Camp.
Location and Access:
The camp is accessed via road transfer from Kuro Airstrip, a journey lasting just over an hour.
Accommodations and facilities at Tarangire River Camp
The communal lodge is a traditional thatched, wood, and stone building that is elevated well above the ground. A set of stairs leads into an expansive open-plan dining and lounge room that is reminiscent of a traditional mess tent. The lounge has a large number of wood-framed, comfortable seats as well as various coffee tables. The color scheme is composed of earthy, neutral, and terracotta tones for a soothing effect. A few tables of various sizes are present in the eating area, all of which are surrounded by directors’ seats. A flight of stairs at the back of the lodge leads to a large deck with a fire pit in the center and a ring of seats and small tables around it. Here, visitors congregate to dine, drink, and swap safari tales! The terrace includes the pool as well, with plenty of sun loungers and furniture set up for outdoor eating. Obviously, the views from the terrace are stunning.
There are 21 tents available for guests at Tarangire River Camp, and each one is connected to the lodge by clearly marked walkways. Standard Safari Room, Deluxe Safari Room, and Family Safari Room are the available choices. They are all elevated above the ground on a wooden platform. Each style of room has a thatched roof, which is excellent for keeping cool, just like the lodge. A king bed or twin beds with mosquito nets are included in the standards, along with bedside tables and lamps, a baggage rack, a private terrace with chairs and a coffee table, and en-suite bathrooms with a toilet, sink, and shower.
There is just one deluxe room, and it is in a unique location next to an enormous ancient baobab tree with a beautiful view of the Tarangire River. The deluxe room has an extra-long king-size bed, all the normal accommodation amenities, and an outdoor shower and bath. It is ideal for honeymooners and anyone else looking for a special treat! The family rooms may accommodate a family of four or five because they either contain one king bed and two single beds or one king bed and three single beds. These also offer all of the standard option’s amenities. With a nice variety of colors and materials, each space is stylish and comfortable.
TARANGIRE RIVER CAMP ACTIVITIES:
Camp offers a wide range of possible activities. There is a lot of wildlife to view at the roughly 1,100-square-mile Tarangire National Park.
- Visitors can spot lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wild dogs, jackals, elephants, wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, reedbucks, waterbucks, hippos, rock hyraxes, and many other animals on game drives. There are a lot of elephants around, and you might even see a lion climbing a tree.
- Over 500 kinds of birds have been identified, with ostriches, eagles, pelicans, and lovebirds among the highlights. Avian enthusiasts will be in their element.
- All the animals congregate around water sources during the dry season, making them easier to identify, but the park is most attractive during the wet season.
- With trips to the nearby Maasai and Datoga villages, you can learn a little about the local culture in addition to getting to know the local fauna.
- The amazing staff of guides at Tarangire River Camp leads the safari excursions, and they have extensive knowledge of the park and are happy to answer any inquiries.
Due to the lack of fencing and the presence of wildlife, large, potentially deadly animals do occasionally pass through this property. If you decide to stay here, be cautious whenever you are roaming around the camp and ask a staff member to accompany you if you have any worries. After nightfall, every visitor is automatically guided.
ABOUT TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
The Mbali-Mbali Tarangire River Camp is situated in northern Tanzania’s Tarangire region. With an area of 2850 square kilometers, Tarangire is a sizable national park. It is located in the center of a massive conservation area that covers over 20,000 square kilometers and stretches past Lake Manyara to Lake Natron and the Kenyan border.
The fact that the reserve itself has a variety of dependable, year-round permanent water sources makes it essential to this ecosystem. The Tarangire River itself, which springs at the base of the surrounding rift escarpment, flows through the park, and eventually evaporates from its end at Lake Burungi on the reserve’s western edge, is the most prominent of them. The scenery is primarily composed of gently rolling hills covered in trees, with the occasional hill or kopje interspersed.
Many magnificent baobab trees, some of which are estimated to be older than 2000 years, can be seen in the park’s northern area. One noteworthy instance is the well-known Poacher’s Baobab, whose hollow trunk is said to have offered hunters cover up until the park was gazzeted. Since a local leopard can occasionally be discovered inside, let your guide enter first.
The Tarangire migration, which involves some 250,000 large creatures like giraffes, buffaloes, Oryx, ostriches, and lions, is the main natural attraction. Animals travel towards the Tarangire River during the dry season of June to November, where they assemble in large numbers. The potential for animal viewing is very high.
The creatures are harder to locate during the opposite green season, which lasts from December to May and causes them to scatter into the wide hinterland. Despite the fact that this inward and outward movement is typical across species, different animals typically move in various directions and at different times. Most wildebeest and zebras travel north, first to Lake Manyara and then to Lake Natron. Buffaloes, gazelles, elephants, kongoni, elands, and Oryx are among the animals that disperse onto the east and southeasterly plains. Moving more southerly are other herds of wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, and elands.
The elephant population, estimated to presently number 5000–10,000 elephants, is the most important aspect of this migration. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, waterbucks, impalas, warthogs, dik-diks, giraffes, and smaller kudus are among the resident species that remain in the park all year.
The giant African pythons that hang out in the trees at Silale Swamps are one of the more uncommon animals that might be spotted here. Greater Kudus, fringe-eared Oryx, Bohor reedbucks, and Gerenuks can only be spotted in this area of the northern parks.