Kuro Tarangire is a comfortable, environmentally-friendly tented camp occupying a wonderfully secluded location underneath Acacia and Kigelia trees on the banks of a riverbed in the Tarangire National Park – one of Tanzania’s most biodiverse wilderness areas. The camp offers six luxury tents, a comfy open-sided communal area and a campfire, while treating guests to highly intimate walks and game drives.
The camp is open from mid-June to mid-November every year, after which time the entire operation packs up and leaves the wilderness exactly as it was before.
The normally-dry section of the Tarangire River is one of the main routes used by wildlife, while the camp’s location also allows easy access to the verdant haven of the Silale Swamp. The use of thatch, wood and canvas gives the camp an evocative natural feel, punctuated by colourful textiles, animal hides and interesting African artefacts. The camp has an exceptionally light environmental footprint, while the walks and game drives are excellent, and only matched by the high quality of the food. Guests can expect a safari experience that offers equal doses of authenticity, natural allure and relaxation.
Situated in northern Tanzania, just south-east of Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park is a hidden gem that rivals the Serengeti in its biodiversity and beauty, while being that much more secluded. The park is named after the Tarangire River, which is the only source of water during the dry season which runs from June to October.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry riverbed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. Although elusive, lion, leopard and cheetah are often spotted, while the park is the only place in Tanzania where stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. With approximately 450 species, this is arguably the best bird-watching spot in the country too.
Vegetation comprises mostly dry, open woodlands with thorny acacia thickets, grassy plains and large stands of ancient baobab trees. Kuro Tarangire nestles under a beautiful stand of Acacia and Kigelia trees, and is close to the network of huge flat swamps that fill to the brim during the rains, but dry out to form endless green plains for the rest of the year.
Weather in Tarangire is temperate and enjoyable. The long rains occur from March to May, with shorter rains in November and December. During the rainy season, copious amounts of game leave the park, before returning for the dry season.
Kuro’s thatched main building blends beautifully into the wilderness, and is open-sided to take advantage of the cool breezes, lovely views and bush sounds. The structure includes a comfortable lounge with couches and bean bags, as well as a candle-lit dining area. Wood has been used liberally in the furniture and walls, combining stylishly with colourful African decorations. On windy or rainy days, large white curtains can be pulled across the entrances for protection. When night falls, the campfire is lit for pre-dinner drinks.
The six tents are spacious and appointed with plush double beds, en-suite bucket showers and dressing tables, while the gauze windows can be left open to let in the breeze, or covered with white curtains. Midday hours can be spent relaxing on the shaded verandahs, watching the occasional elephant or buffalo passing by.
Kuro focuses intensely on nature, making it the perfect destination for tourists who want an authentic, informative safari. The quality of the guiding is excellent, and the early mornings are greeted by a wonderful walk along the river, following the footsteps of any animals which passed through the area during the night. Being on the traversing routes from the hills in the west to the swamps in the east, and between the north and the south along the river line, this is a hotspot for game, so a variety of wildlife can be seen on ground level.
After a filling lunch, the sweeping swamp plains, majestic baobabs and acacia scrubland can be fully explored on the afternoon game drive, lit up by the soft sunlight and a colourful array of birds. This is your best opportunity to see large herds of elephant and buffalo, along with the odd pride of lion or solitary leopard. Drives often extend into the night, allowing guests to view nocturnal creatures and enjoy the unmatched clarity of the Tarangire night sky.
A crackling campfire awaits guests on return to the camp, before a delicious lantern-lit dinner and a comfortable bed, accompanied by the sounds of the African bush, provide a fitting end to the day.