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Extend your safari in the wilds of Tarangire National Park, located southwest of Arusha. The park draws many hundreds of elephants to the Tarangire River, which remains the only permanent source of water from June to October. Spend a full day on safari, spotting buffalo, impala, zebra, and hartebeest—and their predators—and observe elephants in their natural habitat with an elephant researcher. Stay in a comfortable Nyumba camp beneath centuries-old baobab trees and enjoy another unforgettable experience in the Tanzanian wilderness.
Itinerary - 3 Days
Day 1 — Mto Wa Mbu/Tarangire National Park
This is Day 9 of the main Tanzania Family Adventure. Bid farewell to the main group and drive to the town of Mto Wa Mbu, surrounded by fertile farmland near Lake Manyara. Stroll through the leafy streets and bustling markets of the town, and interact with the local people. Then continue south by Land Rover to Tarangire National Park. Watch for wildlife as we drive, looking out for the big cats and other creatures who become active at the end of the day. Settle into our private Nyumba camp, clustered in between soaring baobab trees and perfectly situated for setting out on wildlife drives.
Tarangire Safari Lodge (B,L,D).
Day 2 — Tarangire National Park
With 1,600 square miles of protected habitat, Tarangire is a place of refuge for northern Tanzania’s largest population of elephants. Encountering elephant herds, with their young guided protectively with elders’ trunks and feet, is an unforgettable sight. Head out on a full-day wildlife drive with an elephant researcher, following the Tarangire River as it winds through the rugged landscapes of the park. Look for herds of zebra, as well as lions, leopards, reedbucks, giraffes and maybe wild dogs or a rare fringe-eared oryx. Spot some of the more than 550 birds that call this region home. Track herds of elephants and learn about their intelligent behavior, their shrinking habitat, and the urgent need to preserve their home in the wilderness. Later this afternoon, join local kids and camp staff for a game of soccer or just relax under the baobabs and listen to the sounds of the wilderness. (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Arusha
After breakfast, you’ll leave Tarangire and drive to Arusha. Visit a local art workshop that employs local people with special needs and browse local crafts at a cultural center. Relax in day rooms and take a dip in the hotel pool before we head to the airport for evening flights home. (B,L)