Though perhaps lesser known than the famed Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks, these two gems offer diverse vegetation, numerous ecosystems and spectacular wildlife. The Tarangire National park is often included in any northern Tanzania circuit, renowned for its iconic baobab trees, striking river and the animals that call them home. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania's smallest, though makes up for it in its array of great wildlife spotting opportunities. Perhaps its greatest attraction, the park is home to a population of fascinating and elusive tree-climbing lions.
Though a range of wildlife can be spotted with Tarangire, the park is particularly popular with elephants. In fact, up to 3,000 of these incredible creatures can be found here during peak months.
A safari in either of these parks poses the opportunity to spot a diverse selection of fascinating wildlife - including zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, Thompson's gazelle, leopard and cheetah. Whether you want to head out as the sun rises, in the mid-afternoon or in the dead of night, our Travel Consultants will be pleased to arrange the perfect safari experience for you, complete with the expert knowledge of your guide.
As well as the famous mammals that roam the parks, they are also home to a spectacular array of birdlife. Flamingos in particular are drawn to the mineral-filled waters of Lake Manyara, as well as a number of other waterbirds. In Tarangire, one of Tanzania's finest birding destinations, lucky visitors may spot oryx, generuk and mongoose.
One of the main reasons that Lake Manyara National Park is so popular with visitors is its famed population of tree-climbing lions. Prepare to be awed as these stunning cats (often weighing up to 400 pounds!) climb up onto the branches of the acacia trees, ready to enjoy a blissful nap and cool breeze. Of course, it also gives these predators a great vantage point from which to observe their prey.
Lake Manyara National Park showcases some of the most dramatic scenery in Tanzania, with the Great Rift Valley escarpment descending 550 metres to the wildlife-filled lake.
Our Travel Consultants can offer advice, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your luxury holiday to the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. This includes everything from privare safari vehicles and spa reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured lodges that you may not yet know about.
Though generally experiencing a mild and temperate climate, the temperature in the parks drops the higher you go - approximately by 6.5°C for every 1,000m you climb. Average temperatures remain fairly consistent throughout the years, while evenings and early mornings can feel cool. Taking warm clothing along on early morning game drives is recommended. The dry season stretches from June to September and the wet season is split into two parts: the ‘long rains’ from March to May, while a period of ‘short rains’ is experienced in October and November.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
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From London Heathrow to Dar Es Salaam: 12 hours, 45 minutes.
From London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro: 11 hours, 30 minutes.
Getting to the National Parks
Domestic flights from Dar Es Salaam and Kilimanjaro to Arusha Airport. From here, Lake Manyara is accessed by a flight to Manyara Airstrip or by road. Tarangire National Park is accessed by a flight to Kuro Airstrip or by road. Charter flights can also be arranged.
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