Photo Essay: The Captivating Landscape Of Tarangire.

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Our Coastal Air flight from Kigali into the Manyara airstrip on a twelve seater Cessna, was not half as turbulent, or terrifying, as I had envisaged.

George, our safari guide/driver from The Wild Source, was waiting to transport us to the first of four parks on our Northern Tanzanian safari circuit. The drive to the Nomad Kuro camp in Tarangire national park took much longer than the estimated two (plus) hours, with our gushing over every sighting of wildlife along the way, despite George’s gentle reminders that we would be seeing plenty more of the same in the coming days.
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We did. Especially the elephants this park is renowned for. But it was the landscape – a mix of dry woodland and wide open Savannah studded with sculptural baobabs and umbrella acacias – that we found most enthralling.

We had long days planned, from sunrise to sunset. And we were surprised by how much our enjoyment of our quiet picnic breakfasts and lunches scheduled around the natural rhythm of the Silala swamp, matched that of our wild cat sightings.

Happy travels… matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

83 thoughts on “Photo Essay: The Captivating Landscape Of Tarangire.

  1. I am so glad you could visit it and bring these perfect captures to us. I would so much like to go there some day….

  2. Lovely Madhu! I’ve saved your old posts because I wanted to make sure I could get back and read them. I loved my safari in South Africa years ago and truly want to go again someday with my kids. Rwanda is really on my list too as I’d love to see those gorillas!

    1. Thanks Julainn. Tarangire is truly beautiful, and we are so glad we included it in our itinerary.

  3. Hi Madhu,
    Sounds like an incredible holiday. So glad I popped over so I could enjoy it vicariously. Your photos are wonderful -especially love the one with the baobab trees.

    1. Thank you very much Anna. I enjoyed looking at your photos after such a long time 🙂

    1. Dividing the safari between the four parks made for variety in landscape Kathryn. Tarangire was especially lovely. I hope you do it someday.

  4. These places are beautiful.

    Have you ever done a post on how a westerner should prepare for a trip to an African country?

    1. Not yet. But I plan to set up dedicated planning and tips pages for each destination. Soon I hope 🙂 Appreciate your stopping by Allan.

  5. Your trip looks incredible, Madhu! Wait – was that a lion on a tree? I remember your napping leopard photos… looks like these cats really enjoy their siestas with a view 🙂

  6. I have been dreaming to visit Africa..hopefully it will come true soon – your post is truly an inspiration 🙂 Thank you for sharing – gorgeous photos 🙂

    1. Thank you Indah. I hope your dream comes true soon. Your photos will be something to look forward to 🙂

  7. Beautiful photos, Madhu. That lion in the tree, surveying the area … very cool. The elephants that looked like they were ready to charge you … scary. 😉

    1. Thanks Judy. The elephants were at some distance, although they appear close in that picture. I have a video of a biggish herd crossing our path just ahead of our vehicle. We are warier of Indian elephants 🙂

  8. Love this ~ I was just reminiscing about my trip to Kenya years ago, how I wish so much one day to return… And then I see your post, and makes me smile. Your words and photos transports me there yet again. Cheers Madhu, and enjoy a great week.

    1. Thank you Randall. I am glad you enjoyed this. Your ‘reminiscences’ were spectacular!!

  9. You got THE trip of a lifetime, Madhu. I was watching an episode of The Amazing Race where they went to Africa and it immediately THE place I would want to be in. I highly hope that I get to go there someday. Love your images esp. of the lion.

    1. Thank you Rommel. You will get there if you want to badly enough……I truly believe that 🙂

  10. Awesome pics. I so want to go on an African safari. I am now off to Cape Town (and Madagascar), but no elephants there I’m afraid. One day I will save up to do the safaris around east Africa. It must be strange to return to city life once you have experienced such isolation in the savannah.

    1. Thanks Lee. Yes it took effort to return to our urban pace of life. Pity you can’t squeeze in a safari in South Afica. Madagascar sounds fab. Have a wonderful time.

  11. Madhu, the wildlife of Africa is one of the things I’ve been dreaming to witness for so long. But for now I’m happy enough to vicariously do that through your photos. Majestic animals in such an amazing landscape!

    1. Thank you Bama. The African experience exceeds all expectations. Worth saving up for 🙂

  12. Zebras and the matching black and white bird: wonderful! But then so was everything else. So many elephants. A lion. The landscape. Many thank yous. You join Doris Lessing and Karen Blixen and David Attenborough as my guides to Africa!

    1. Aww, tthank you very much Meg, that is very generous of you!! 🙂 Just happy you enjoyed my photos.

    1. Thank you Marina. It is hard to convey the magnificence of those landcspaes in words OR pictures.

  13. My enthusiasm was just like yours, Madhu, gushing to see it all. After viewing your pictures, I truly regret we didn’t get to Tarangire and enjoy the elephants as you did. Staying in a tent for a couple of nights is the best way to enjoy it. I love the landscape in the first photo. Shows the beauty and the vastness. 🙂

    1. We were amazed by how different the landscape was in each park Lynne. There wasn’t that much of a difference in wildlife sightings, even elephants, apart from the river crossings around the Mara. Perhaps because of the time of year. We enjoyed staying in the tents as well. Bucket showers and all 🙂

    1. 🙂 I hope you do. The elephants treat the camps as part of the landscape. No humans gets bothered unless they bother them in the first place.

      Delighted to meet you Annie! 🙂

    1. I do too Gilly. They are hardly the fearsome flora depicted in the Little Prince though 🙂

  14. So much beauty to take in. What an adventure indeed! Excellent captures Madhu! Absolutely breathtaking! 😀

  15. It’s like being there with you, Madhu (except my photos wouldn’t be like that!) That lion in the tree! Just sensational 🙂
    You seem to have just persuaded me to join Viber and since I am clueless with my new smartphone (I dropped the old one off the ferry in Tavira) heaven knows what will happen. 🙂

    1. Thank you Jo. I think you are being too modest 🙂
      The smartphone isn’t exactly my friend either, but it does have its uses 🙂

  16. Breathtaking! I had the same though as Imelda, too, both for the planet’s sake and for selfish reasons—I want to be able to visit one day, too. 🙂

    Thank you, Madhu! Had to grin over the “gushing” part and your guide reminding you you’d get to see more. 😉

  17. Hmm!!! This is a real adventure. It must been a photographer’s delight…the first picture with the backdrop of cloudy sky, the dried golden grass in the foreground and the deserted few trees makes it picture perfect…it must be framed. The camp setting is highly tempting, and top of it the lion on the top of a tree is simply enticing for a photographer and any wild life enthusiast…keep sharing these wonderful moments and we keep cherishing the pictures… Happy Travelling!!!

    1. Tarangire certainly was a photographers delight Nihar. Thank you for your visit and comment.

  18. Beautiful. We can only hope that that habitat is preserved for all to enjoy in the years and years to come. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your photos, Madhu.

  19. That’s really beautiful. I was wondering, is the weather pretty much the same there from day to day? I can’t imagine it raining, outside the rainy season, but does it get windy or anything else?

    1. Thanks David. I think it rains quite heavily during the ‘long rainy season’ from March to May. They also have shorter spells of rain in November and December. We had cloudy weather throughout and sharp showers in the Northern Mara which I think was unusual. The early rain speeded up Wildebeest migration to the North and we nearly missed the river crossings.

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