Tarangire River Camp is set within 25,000 hectares of concession area, included on the land is a branch of the Tarangire River itself, which the camp overlooks.
The property is in a great location for game viewing since it is only 3.5km from the main entrance to Tarangire National Park.
Traditional grass thatching adorns the roof of the main lodge structure, which is set off the ground on an elevated deck. The breezy lounge boasts ample seating in a relaxing open-air environment.
The dining area, where culturally inspiring meals are served, consists of simple safari style seating and the elevated position allows for excellent views over the riverbank below.
Both the dining and lounge areas adjoin a campfire area and game viewing deck that also overlook the same stunning views. A smaller, secondary game viewing deck rises above the ceiling and offers a high, intimate perch above it all.
The lodge’s small, informal gift shop offers the families of the nearby Maasai villages a chance to sell some of their handmade wares.
Accommodation consists of 20 spacious tents built on wooden platforms with a thatched roof.
Each tent’s generously proportioned private veranda opens out onto stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro and several of the tents also offer views of the river, which is a dramatic sand bed in the dry season.
Tents have twin or double four-poster beds with mosquito nets, a dressing table, chair and electrical charging point as well as en-suite facilities with showers, flush toilets and hot and cold running water throughout the day.
Family Tents are also available.
Day activities include game viewing, bird watching on the shores of Lake Manyara, or cultural visits to the bomas of the Maasai and Datoga people.
Alternatively, guests can cool off from the day’s adventures in the swimming pool.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire is one of the most diverse parks in Tanzania and situated in the north-western corner of Tanzania’s Masai Steppe, east of The Great Rift Valley. Covering an area of 1,360 sq km comprising scattered acacia woodland, baobab and palm trees, plains, swamps and rivers. There is an abundance of big game including lion, elephant and buffalo, as well as a vast bird and lesser game population.
During the dry season, herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry riverbed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over the Park until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are always easily encountered, wet or dry.
Bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
Tarangire’s tree-climbing lions lounge in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
We can tailor-make a Tanzania safari to combine this property with other areas such as Ngorongoro, Manyara, Serengeti, Mahale or Gombe Forest – please contact us for details and prices.