- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
Is it possible to organize a trip to Tanzania that does not include a safari? It seems the answer is no. The classic route normally offered takes you from Lake Manyara to Tarangire via the wonderful and legendary destinations of Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.
The last day of the safari, before returning to Arusha, is usually spent at Tarangire. Even though less well-known than its famous neighbors, it is still an essential place to visit. Zebra, buffalo, giraffe, antelope… and lions too, though they tend to keep out of the way more. By complete contrast, you cannot fail to encounter elephants in the baobab forest, where they are numerous.
Tarangire is a wonderful national park and is just waiting to be explored.
Kwa Kuchinia is to the north of the park, 2 km from the entrance. There are several advantages to staying there. There are hardly any tourists, the prices of the guest-houses are much lower than those of the lodges within the park, and most of all, you'll get the chance to meet the locals over a cup of tea or a beer. As happens all too often in Tanzania, tourists go from park to park without ever taking the time to stop in these places shunned by the travel agencies, but where you can get to really understand the country a bit better.
The landscapes of the Tarangire National Park are different to those of the Serengeti. The altitude is lower and the vegetation is different. You won't see any lions (and if you're on foot, that's a good thing!) but you will see elephants, buffaloes, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and all sorts of other wildlife. But to me, the most impressive thing was the size of the baobab trees! I have nothing negative to say about this safari, and I highly recommend that you go to the Tarangire!