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Tarangire Treetops.
  Tarangire Treetops
Getting there
Tarangire is situated 1.5 hours' drive from Arusha (or 120 km/75 mi), mainly on tarmac road. To get to Tarangire Treetops, you need to drive for 1.5 more hours on poor dirt road.
There is no airstrip within convenient distance from the lodge.
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Tarangire Treetops
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire Treetops is an exclusive lodge just east of northern Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. The rooms are built like tree houses above the ground. At nights you may hear animals on the move below.

It is quite a tasteful lodge. It doesn't look much from the outside, but the atmosphere and style inside are like taken straight from Out of Africa. A charming detail is the hot water, which is heated from a wood stove outside your room. There are 20 rooms, all of them with a private veranda and completely enclosed in mosquito nets.

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Apart from the rooms, there is a bar, a restaurant, a small gift shop and a swimming pool. There are also elephants that have settled around the lodge waterhole. The elephants are a reason for you to ask the staff for an escort when walking to and from your room.

Walks and night game drives
The camp offers bush walks guided by Maasai warriors. The lodge is located outside the national park, which means bush walks are allowed (they are prohibited inside the parks).

You can also do game drives at night, to try to see animals that are rarely seen in daylight, for example aarvarks, porcupines, bushbabies and genets. If possible, you should book these activities when booking your tour, to allow for the lodge staff to plan your activities.

Rooms in African atmosphere.

Elephant close to the lodge.

More about Tarangire
The Tarangire River, which flows from south to north through the park, and the marshes in south-eastern Tarangire are the only permanent sources of water in the park during the dry seasons.

Animal congregations
During the driest time of year, from June to October, animals of many different kinds congregate along the river to have access to drinking water. This is the best time to visit the park. You may see large herds of wildebeest and zebras, giraffes, different antelope species, buffalo herds, huge troops of baboons etc. This is also the best time to see the elephants. Tarangire has a population of some 3,000 elephants, and they can be seen in large numbers along and around the river during dry seasons.

Cats, elephants and birds
After the 'short rains' in November, the animals disperse over wider areas, as drinking water gets more widely available. Tarangire has a lot of animals and species, though, and may be visited also during other parts of the year. Lions and leopards are seen regularly, as are the elephants, and for birdwatchers, visiting Tarangire is a must; it's a very good park for birding, and to some extent has other species than the other parks on the northern safari circuit of Tanzania.

The eastern parts of Tarangire, and the areas east of the park, where Tarangire Treetops is located, have black cotton soil, which may turn roads inaccessible during heavy rains.

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