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Getting there
Tarangire is situated 1.5 hours drive from Arusha (or 120 km/75 mi), mainly on tarmac road. The last few km/mi are on poor dirt road.
Tarangire River Camp is set 5 km/3 mi on poor dirt road from the northern park entrance. There is no airstrip close by, but due to the short drive from Arusha, flying wouldn't be an option for most visitors.
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  Glossary
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Tarangire River Camp
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire River Camp is a permanent tented camp just outside northern Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. It's a fairly small camp with some 20 tents for guests. It may appear quite basic at a glance, but this may be a result from the natural materials used for building the camp. The tents are very nice and spacious.

Tents like tree houses
The tents aren't really tents, but rather a mix between tents and buildings, offering an atmosphere of tree houses. They are built on platforms raised from the ground, and have thatched roofs and canvas and mosquito net walls.

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Most tents are twins or doubles, but there are also those sleeping more than two. They all have a private bathroom with WC, washbasin and solar-heated shower.

The verandas face the bush, and as the tents aren't very close to each other, they feel quite private and secluded.

Central restaurant and lounge
The central main building has a restaurant, bar and lounge. An open fire is lit here in the evenings, and is a nice place to sit for sundowners. There is also a small shop run by the Maasai watchmen.

The camp has electricity (220–240 V) round the clock. Outlets for charging cameras etc are available in the tents.

Views in all directions
The camp is set on a riverbank, with long views in all directions. You can see far into Tarangire National Park to the south, and Lake Manyara and the western rift of Great Rift Valley to the north-east. When it's very clear, i.e. mainly during early mornings, you may see as far east as Mount Meru just outside Arusha and Kilimanjaro even further away.

Animals and safari activities
The camp is situated just outside northern Tarangire National Park, where the Tarangire River flows from south to north and is one of few permanent source of water in the park during the dry seasons.

Tent in Tarangire River Camp.

Tent interior.

Tent and tent veranda.

The restaurant and lounge building in Tarangire River Camp.

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.

Tarangire has a lot of animals and species, and may be visited also during other parts of the year. Lions and leopards are seen regularly, as are the elephants. For birdwatchers, visiting Tarangire is often a very good experience.

Hyaenas, antelopes and other animals may pass through or just outside the camp at night. They don't, and can't, enter the tents, though.

Maasai warriors
Tarangire River Camp is outside the national park, which means bush walks are allowed (they are prohibited inside the parks). The camp offers walks guided by Maasai warriors, who also guard the camp day and night, and are available to escort you when moving within the camp area.

More about Tarangire
The Tarangire River 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, have black cotton soil, which may turn roads inaccessible during heavy rains.

 
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