The tents and bungalows
The tents are fairly spacious. Most have two single beds, but some have a double bed.
Each tent has a private bathroom compartment with WC, washbasin and shower at the back
(which you access from inside the tent). The bungalows are equipped correspondingly,
but also has room for an extra bed.
The tents/bungalows are built in a line along the ridge. In the middle is a central
building housing the restaurant and kitchen, the bar, lounge and reception, and a little
souvenir shop (one of the most reliable sources of stamps for postcards on the northern
circuit). Outside the lounge is a huge terrace, which overlooks the Tarangire River
and has a pit for open fires in the evenings. There is also a swimming pool, which may
be welcome, as Tarangire is often very hot during mid-day.
Sounds and tracks
Elephants, hyaenas and sometimes lions can be heard at night, and fresh tracks from
antelopes, mongoose and other animals active at night can often be found outside your
tent in the morning.
The camp is powered by a generator, which is not running in the middle of the night.
You shouldn't venture out of your tent or bungalow during this blackout time, as large
mammals, including lions, are sometimes seen within the camp area. The animals do not
try to, and can't, enter the tents or bungalows, though.
There are no outlets for charging batteries etc in the tents, but you may charge your
equipment in the bar or in the restaurant.
More about Tarangire
Tarangire Safari Lodge is located in northern Tarangire National Park, next to
Tarangire River, which flows from south to north through the park. Together with the
marshes in south-eastern Tarangire, it's the only permanent source of water in the park
during the dry seasons.
During the driest time of year, from June to October, animals of many different kinds
congregate along the river to have access to drinking water. This is the best time to
visit the park. You may see large herds of wildebeest and zebras, giraffes, different
antelope species, buffalo herds, huge troops of baboons etc. This is also the best time
to see the elephants. Tarangire has a population of some 3,000 elephants, and they can
be seen in large numbers along and around the river during dry seasons.
Cats, elephants and birds
After 'the short rains' in November, the animals disperse over wider areas, as drinking
water gets more widely available. Tarangire has a lot of animals and species, though,
and may be visited also during other parts of the year. Lions and leopards are seen
regularly, as are the elephants, and for bird watchers, visiting Tarangire is a must;
it's a very good park for birding, and to some extent has other species than the other
parks on the northern safari circuit of Tanzania.
The eastern parts of Tarangire, and the areas east of the park, have black cotton soil,
which may turn roads inaccessible during heavy rains.
Wildlife around the camp
Tarangire Safari Lodge is set in the bush and is not fenced. This means that
animals may not only be seen around the camp, but may also enter it. Elephants are often
seen only a stone's throw away, and baboons, dikdiks and impalas are often seen around
Most wildlife activity happens at night, when the camp is blacked out and quiet. Lions
and other large predators may pass through the camp, but they won't attempt to enter
your tent or bungalow. Don't leave children unattended, though, especially not after
For birders, hoopoes, hornbills, bateleurs, emerald-spotted wood-doves, ashy starlings
and other birds are seen regularly around the camp.