Day 1: Tarangire National Park
Your day will start in Arusha, with a not-too-early morning and energizing breakfast to start your trip. You’ll go on a 3-hour drive before getting to Tarangire National Park and starting the first game drive of the safari.
Tarangire is one of those parks that divides its “seasons” depending upon the water flow; consequently, animals migrate in and out during the dry and rainy seasons. So, from November to May, part of Tarangire’s wildlife abandons the park and then returns in June. During those months, the vegetation is at its fullest but you’ll see fewer animals; the opposite is true from June to October.
Tarangire means “river of warthogs,” and the park is so named because of the numerous warthogs you’ll find in the park and river. Plus,most of the animals you’ll see won’t be predators. It’s a great spot for finding elephants, bird watching, and even exploring the gargantuan baobab trees.
After a couple of hours of game-driving, you’ll stop for lunch with scenic views of the park and then continue onward with more jeep exploration until it’s time to go to the first camp.