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Getting there
Tarangire is situated a 1.5-hour drive from Arusha (or 120 km/75 mi), mainly on tarmac road. The last few km/mi are on fair dirt road.
Tarangire Safari Lodge is situated a 20-minute drive from the entrance gate, and just a few minutes drive from an airstrip, which is poorly maintained. Because of the short drive from Arusha, flying is not really an option for most visitors.
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Tarangire Safari Lodge
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire Safari Lodge is a permanent tented camp in northern Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. It offers stays mainly in tents, but also has five bungalows. Each tent and bungalow sleeps two guests.

The camp is set on a ridge overlooking the Tarangire River, where animals come to drink. Tarangire has the largest elephant population among the parks in Tanzania, and elephants are often seen from the camp's observation terrace and from the tents during the prime season from August to October. Wildebeest, zebras, buffalos, giraffes, impalas and waterbucks are also often seen.

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The restaurant and lounge at night

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.

Tarangire Safari Lodge has five bungalows (doubles) in addition to a number of tents.

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.

Swimming pool in Tarangire Safari Lodge.

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.

Animal congregations
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.

Tarangire River in the dry season, seen from the camp.

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 the tents.

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 dark.

For birders, hoopoes, hornbills, bateleurs, emerald-spotted wood-doves, ashy starlings and other birds are seen regularly around the camp.

 
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