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Tarangire National Park (South)

Tanzania

1/1 Getting a great view of elephant on a walk in Tarangire
Getting a great view of elephant on a walk in Tarangire

We think the southern area of Tarangire is what this National Park is all about, even though it doesn't host the dry season quantities of game seen in northern Tarangire

We think the southern area of Tarangire is what this National Park is all about, even though it doesn't host the dry season quantities of game seen in northern Tarangire. The wide open floodplains, interspersed with wooded ridges & seasonal waterlines are classic examples of dry country Maasailand and a tremendous contrast to the rest of northern Tanzania.

As well as large elephant herds this is a popular area for buffalo and it is in the far south of Tarangire that chances of spotting lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx and even gerenuk are at their best, although that said these species are still a big novelty here. There is also lots of varied birdlife throughout the year with migrants boosting numbers through the November to May months. As if that wasn't enough, its also a great area for both long & short walking safaris with some operators offering flycamping.

We're talking about the area of the Park south from Kuro which is the southernmost guaranteed crossing of the Tarangire river. Although its important to understand that game viewing is more challenging down here, we firmly believe this is more than made up for by the relative solitude and the overall richness of experience that this area can provide.

The south is more seasonal than northern Tarangire, with long grass often obscuring game viewing into late June and access starting to become a problem in parts from Jan / Feb onwards. Tstese are a feature as are mosquitoes, particularly close to the swamps after the first rains in late October. This whole area requires a few days to do it justice and it's probably fair to say that it's the afficianado's corner.

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A few of our favourite places to stay:

Oliver’s camp

Oliver's Camp is perhaps best known for the walks pioneered

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A secluded camp site in the Serengeti, not another soul around

Light Mobile Camp

Our approach with the Light Mobile Camp has been to emphasize

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Swala camp

Swala is one of those places where, in the dry season, you

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At Natural High, we've had long experience putting together trips in Africa that really work. Whether it's intimate bushcamps in out of the way places, or a private lodge in one of Africa's top-billing wildlife areas, light mobile camping or remote island escapes, we know there is a lot to choose from. We're absolutely confident that we can recommend the right places for you.

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