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With the Big Five, this is a superb dry season park, second only to the Serengeti between June and November
Not many people know that Tarangire National Park has the Big Five because the rhino here aren't seen very often. But what makes the park really special are the huge baobab trees (Adansonia digitata). These massive trees, believed to live up to a thousand years old, are dotted all over Tarangire's sandy soil and make for excellent photographic opportunities. Tarangire is close to 3,000 square kilometres in size and at the bottom of the Rift Valley escarpment, which explains the presence of baobabs – you won't see a single baobab the moment you're over the Gregory Rift towards the west.
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Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer
This blockbuster Tanzania safari will show you the best of the country's outstanding wildlife and the beach paradise of Zanzibar
The ultimate African adventure
This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorogoro Crater
If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.
With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!
The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!
Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar
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Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.
Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region
Tarangire is almost my favourite park in Tanzania. The Serengeti and perhaps Ruaha are better, but only just. Tarangire is a great first national park to visit when on safari and should be included in every safari holiday to Tanzania's north.
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Tarangire is an underrated park and probably the best place in East Africa to see elephant, which dust bathe in the red soil in the dry season. Huge breeding herds move along the Tarangire River that eventually drains into the Silale Swamp. In the late afternoon, you might find hundreds of elephant in the green swamp as you drop down past the picnic site. There are also good numbers of big cats so your chances of seeing lion or leopard are good. For these, you need to get out early and stay out late. If you're lucky you might even bump into some weird species, especially if you venture further south into the park where the wild dog, fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk are occasionally spotted. There's excellent birding too, with good raptors, migratory bee-eaters, storks and water birds on the edge of the swamps. Look out for the African rail and lesser jacana, with the endemic yellow-collared lovebird the pick of your ticks. Your choice of accommodation will have a big impact on your Tarangire experience. The swamps are a long way from the main gate so if you're staying outside the park you're unlikely to get that far. Arrange at least a night or two in the park because it's a good two-hour drive from Arusha. If you leave after breakfast you'll miss the golden hours of early morning or late afternoon inside the park.
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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…