West of the mighty Kilimanjaro, the river-threaded Tarangire National Park is thought to be home to the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Drives through the baobab-studded grasslands are sure to yield intimate animal encounters, from the infamous tuskers lumbering past in search of shade to leopards lounging on tree branches, wildebeest gathered around waterholes and giraffes reaching for leafy meals.
The nation’s sixth largest national park also doubles as the back garden to Tarangire Safari Lodge. An idyllic camp for those wishing to remove as many barriers as possible between themselves and the African wilderness, the lodge is best known for its vast verandah from which bush life can be easily observed.
Decorated in a classic style, the retreat’s safari tents see curious animals on the doorstep, treading lightly past the canvas dwellings or, if they’re brave enough, stopping to frolic in the grounds. Double and triple en suite tents are available for larger groups, as well as five bungalows for guests looking for a more solid place of rest. Featuring traditional African architecture similar to the structures encountered in Maasai bomas, the thatched roofs and cool interiors offer the perfect shady spot from which to eye the flurry of activity in the valley below.
The lodge offers both day- and night-time safaris, providing visitors with the chance to experience the two sides of Tarangire wildlife. Bush walks are also a great option for those wishing to familiarise themselves with the terrain on foot.
After a day of intrepid exploring, a dip in the lodge’s refreshing pool is a welcome respite from the heat. For guests wanting a little pampering, the open-air wooden Patulivu enclosure provides a spectacular backdrop of the Tarangire River and wildlife-rich plains for rejuvenating massages.
For a reminder of their safari, guests can choose from an array of beautiful crafts and jewellery only found in The Baobab Boutique. Sales support women’s projects in Tanzania.
An exhilarating night drive in an open-air vehicle or an ‘up-close’ bush walk along the spectacular Tarangire River
Need to know
• En suite twin and double tents
• 5 en suite bungalows, with triple options
• Swimming pool
• Children’s splash pool
• Patulivu pavilion for massages
• Baobab Boutique
• Lounge and bar
• Bush walks
• Guided day and night game drives
• Massages and exfoliating foot treatment