Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Tarangire Treetops sits astride an ancient elephant migration route within a private game reserve. Around the camp, rolling hills studded with baobabs offer striking views of Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall. The 20 luxury suites of this boutique-style lodge are perched high up in ancient baobab and marula trees. Each suite is completely open on one side, blurring the division between indoors and out. Constructed of locally sourced natural materials, each lavishly furnished suite features chic, contemporary African décor, an en suite bathroom and a large private deck, the perfect place to relax and soak in the wonders of the mesmerizing landscape. The dining room, reception and lounge areas encase a massive 700-year old baobab tree and overlook the swimming pool and waterhole, the latter attracting a steady stream of wildlife coming to take a drink.
Though Tarangire National Park, known as the “Baobab Capital of the World,” is often overlooked in favor of Tanzania’s more famous safari destinations to the north, it rivals parks like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro in terms of spectacular scenery and sheer abundance of wildlife. The Tarangire River courses through the red-dust plains and is the lifeblood for one of Tanzania’s greatest concentrations of animals. Wildlife viewing in Tarangire is superb and is based on the animals’ annual migrations in search of water. Guests have an excellent chance of seeing lion, leopard and cheetah,as well as herds of up to 300 elephants, buffalo, migratory wildebeest, zebra, impala, gazelle, eland, the rare fringe-eared oryx and endangered African wild dog. The park also offers some of the best birding in East Africa. The range of activities available at Tarangire Treetops includes day and night wildlife drives, guided walking safaris, Maasai culture tours and romantic dinners in the bush.