Arguably northern Tanzania’s most interesting park, yet one of its least visited, the Tarangire National Park is renowned amongst safari cognoscenti for its diverse habitat and vast herds of elephant and zebra, and for baobabs of every shape and colour. And according to Michael McCall, Sanctuary Retreats’ Director of Sales Australia, NZ & Asia, “For the savvy traveller looking ahead of the curve, it is the perfect destination to enjoy an authentic safari experience.”
Located in a remote and secluded corner of Tarangire National Park in the heart of Maasai country, Sanctuary Retreats’ Sanctuary Swala Camp offers just that. The Camp has been voted by Tripadvisor guests as the number one camp in the park for several years running. And it’s not hard to see why, with a variety of activities on offer including morning and evening game drives, and a spectacular infinity swimming pool overlooking a water hole, frequented by game.
Indeed, the Camp’s location close by the Tarangire River ensures that sightings of wildlife are plentiful. Alongside ambling elephants and birds in flight, it’s not uncommon to sight leopard resting by day in the shady trees nearby and well as kudu and oryx with their lengthy rapier horns. These shy, show-stopping antelope are common in Tarangire, where Sanctuary Retreats’ expert driver-guides can get visitors close to the herds without disturbing them.
“The low volume of visitors to the park offers a truly private experience and our customised open safari vehicles offer unobstructed viewing and great photography opportunities,” says Michael. “But our guided walking safaris probably offer up the most unique unique perspective of the bush, allowing guests to explore the natural surroundings in a much more intimate setting and to see the park through the eyes of the wildlife that live there.
Led by a professional walking guide, Swala’s walking safaris cover the grasslands around the camp. Here, a wealth of information can be gleaned from the smallest of tracks, including which animals have passed by recently, and whether they could still be in the area.
According to Michael, guests can expect to encounter zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant as well as a number of birds. “The natural setting of the bush gives a thrilling aspect to the sightings, much more than a usual vehicle safari. Of course, safety is key and an armed ranger is always present.”
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