Arusha and Tarangire - Two must-visit parks you might miss

Arusha and Tarangire - Two must-visit parks you might miss

Posted on April 17, 2018

These are two of our favourite parks in Tanzania – They’re not as large or busy as the Serengeti and full of wonderful safari experiences.

Arusha National Park

Situated in the Arusha region of north eastern Tanzania, this small park boasts spectacular landscapes and includes the prominent Mount Meru volcano (Elevation 4566).

What to do:

Climb Mount Meru, hike the montane forests or wooded savannah and kayak the pristine Momela lakes in this lesser known gem of a park.  Don't miss the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs look down on a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog, look out for flocks of flamingoes on the lakes, and spot blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, colourful turacos and trogons in the forests. Enjoy outstanding views of Kilimanjaro as you ascend Meru.

We love staying at:

Twiga Lodge with its warm, friendly owner-hosts, great food and quirky African-Tudor architecture. This is the perfect place to decompress from travelling before the safari begins and a home from home for exploring the area around Arusha.

River Trees Country Inn  in the foothills of Mt Meru offers great views of Kilimanjaro from its lush, riverine setting. It’s a great base for exploring Arusha on hikes, canoeing Duluti’s crater lake or cycling through a bustling local village.

Legendary Lodge, located on a working coffee farm, offers colonial luxury and the exclusive elegance of a bygone era. A destination on its own, this is our favourite piece of urban paradise.

Tarangire National Park

The sixth largest park in Tanzania (2850 square km/1100 sq miles) is located in Manyara Region, 118 km (75Miles) Southwest of Arusha.

What to do:

Visit in the dry season (June – October) to see the most animals and to watch a mini migration as thousands of animals move into the park where permanent water sources exist. Expect to encounter massive herds of zebra, wildebeest, and predators. We love doing walking safaris through the park – the spectacular wooded savannah grasslands are dotted with massive baobabs. The area is a twitcher’s paradise with over 550 bird species recorded in the park.

Walking safaris are the hallmark of this exciting reserve, but if you’re staying at one of the westerly concessions, ride towards Lake Manyara, through villages and long the Rift valley Wall.

We love staying at:

Oliver’s camp  with its spacious, airy safari tents overlooking the game dense Silale Swamps and Minyonyo pools flood plain

Swala Camp secluded and set among giant acacia trees, this eco-friendly camp has a  dining area deck built around an ancient baobab and a stunning infinity pool overlooking a waterhole. It’s a great base for a walking safari  where you could see zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostriches, elephants and a range of birds.

Chem Chem  - Lying between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, Chem Chem’s three lodges offer the ultimate in luxury experiential safari, philanthropy and conservation.


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