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Tarangire National Park is 160 square miles of rolling grasslands dotted with majestic baobab trees. Tarangire is at its best during the dry season (June-December) when many of the migratory wildlife species return to the waters of the Tarangire River. Tarangire is home to huge herds of elephant, wildebeest, and zebra, along with over 300 bird species. Although there is a good amount of game, predators can be harder to find. The green season (January-May) is very beautiful, game viewing is still reasonable, and there are far fewer people. However, the green season also bring tsetse flies, which can be quite irritating.

Located just south of Lake Manyara, these two parks are often used in conjunction with each other, in addition to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Tarangire can be a more cost-effective alternative to the Serengeti for shorter itineraries that can’t incorporate both, although the Serengeti offers better game-viewing. Activities offered in Tarangire are birding, bush walks, and game drives, and cultural exchanges. Our favorite properties include Chem Chem Safari Lodge and Chem Chem Bush Camp, which are located just outside Tarangire and adjacent to Manyara; as well as Oliver’s Camp, which is located deep within Tarangire.

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