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Depart in the morning for Tarangire, passing fertile valleys and traditional villages as we skirt the Great Rift Valley escarpment. En route, stop at Lake Manyara National Park, famed for its alkaline lakes that provide habitat for thousands of pink flamingos. The park is home to some 400 species of other birds, too, among its myriad wildlife. Troops of baboons and blue monkeys carouse in the forest while leopard, cheetah, elephant and plenty of hoofed game roam the plains. With luck, we may see the park’s famous tree-climbing lions.
We reach Tarangire National Park this afternoon, home to Africa’s largest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. The Tarangire River traces a path through the red-dust plains and is the lifeblood for huge herds of wildebeest and zebra, buffalo and elephant that inhabit this seldom-visited park. Our camp is located south of the park's busier northern sector, secluded among prolific wildlife. Evocative of an earlier era of exploration, the camp will delight safari enthusiasts who want a genuine wilderness experience in one of the most uncrowded corners of East Africa while also enjoying special comforts and luxuries. Enjoy a wildlife drive accompanied by sundowner cocktails this evening before settling in for a gourmet dinner at camp.
Days 2 & 3: Tarangire National Park
Spend two full days exploring Tarangire National Park, which offers some of Africa’s best wildlife viewing on its broad savannas and open acacia woodlands studded with ancient baobab trees. Our introduction to this vast ecosystem that spans more than 1,000 square miles begins with a half-day walking safari, providing an intimate encounter with the park's native flora and fauna. Tarangire is known for its large elephant herds, and we sometimes observe several hundred elephants at a time, drawn to permanent underground springs that sustain great numbers of animals during the dry season from July to November. These plains are also Tanzania’s only home for fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk—two rare dry-country antelope to keep an eye out for, along with more commonly seen eland, impala and gazelle. Some 550 bird species are drawn to Tarangire's swamps—we may see ground hornbills blustering about, and the Kori bustard, the world’s largest flying bird. The savanna is also home to northern Tanzania’s only pack of African wild dogs.
After a midday siesta back at camp, set out in open 4x4 vehicles on an afternoon wildlife drive in search of more animals, including Tarangire’s healthy predator population. Like Lake Manyara, Tarangire is home to tree-climbing lions, and leopards are also frequently spotted high in the branches savoring the bounty of their hunt. Each evening, after sipping sundowners as the sky turns orange and fades to dusky blue, we return to camp to dine and revel in stories of the day around the campfire under the stars.
Day 4: Arusha / Depart
After breakfast, make a final wildlife drive en route to the park gate, followed by a road transfer to Arusha. On arrival, have lunch and relax with the use of a day room where you can laze by the swimming pool, stroll through the forest and gardens, or relax over a drink in front of the open fireplace. This evening, transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for homeward flights.