EXPERIENCE A HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI IN TARANGIRE
The ultimate African safari experience in Tarangire is a hot air balloon flight. Gliding across the Tarangire on your AfricanMecca tour as the sunrise stains the plains pink, you are part of the natural world, drifted by the prevailing winds so that no two flights are alike. You may rise high enough to see golden grasslands dotted with giant baobab trees; silver ribbons of the Tarangire River and its tributaries where game congregate in their hundreds in the early morning; herds of elephants, their suede grey skins offsetting white scimitar tusks as they look up at you from the shelter of scrubby acacia woodlands, and in the distance, the blue outline of the African Rift Valley Escarpment. You may drift over dotted min-knolls of giant termite mounds, their black shadows elongated in the morning light, float low over a baobab to distract a Verreaux’s Eagle Owl with four foot wing span, settling down after its nocturnal hunt, or see eye down onto a long-necked, knob-headed giraffe. On the dry plains, herds of dazzling zebra run ahead of the balloon shadow while gazelles flash their striped rumps as they bound away (read more on when is the best time to visit Tarangire).
Your Tarangire balloon tour begins at 0400 hours with warm beverages before driving to the launch site. Burners roar and awesome flames belch into the maw of a huge, multicolored Cameroon balloon (A415 series) which brawls to rise as it fills, dwarfing the basket still tethered on the ground. 16 intrepid passengers clamber into eight wicker cells, wearing light fleeces and longs to ward off a chilled early morning breeze. Children must be over seven years old, adults less than 120 kilos and physically fit. At 0600 hours, the ground crew releases the basket which hangs below the billowing canopy. It is rapidly lifted high above the ground. For the next hour, your skilled and licensed pilot will make optimal use of prevailing winds. A chase vehicle follows discreetly, ready to assist AfricanMecca aeronauts safely back to earth and set up a celebration champagne bush breakfast. Eggs, potatoes, waffles or pancakes and bacon, cooked on the balloon’s burners, satisfy hearty appetites. Happy adventurers receive their flight certificates before a game drive back gives a new perspective on wonders they saw from overhead. A balloon trip over Tarangire is not cheap. Maintenance and replacement costs are high. 20 staff are required for each flight, as well as a registered pilot with over 1,000 hours experience. It is a worthwhile Tanzanian aerial holiday treat, a once in a lifetime unique experience, if you can possibly afford it (read more on where to stay in Tarangire National Park).
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WHERE TO STAY IN TARANGIRE
Tarangire accommodations come in two main types, lodges and tented camps, and in three Safari Tiers from super luxurious to cost-conscious, each providing its unique offerings to AfricanMecca guests.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN TARANGIRE
Set out on a Tarangire bush walk, intermingle and learn about Maasai communities or opt for a game drive, in comfortable, custom-built 4WD vehicle, with all-round viewing - open sided or pop-up roof.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT TARANGIRE
The best time for a Tarangire safari is from June to October during the dry season when migrant game from elephants to hoofed herbivores congregate around the swamps and the Tarangire River valley.
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GUIDE ON TARANGIRE PARK
The river and swamps of Tarangire provide permanent water sources when surrounding shallow lakes dry up, thus attracting a migratory movement of up to 250,000 mammals during the dry season.
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Jambo Raza, It was a wonderful experience in Tanzania. Thoroughly enjoyed the game drives. Rogers, our guide was superb; knowledgeable, helpful, and very friendly. Everything ran smoothly.
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Dear Raza, We arrived home on Sunday full of happy memories of our holiday. Emmanuel our driver was a top guide. Very knowledgeable about the animals and the parks. Thank you so much for making this a holiday to remember.
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Raza, we had an incredible time and this is largely due to you and your staff's exceptional advice and flexibility in accommodating our needs. We will both vouch that AfricanMecca's quality for customer service is beyond reproach.
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AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
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The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
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The Tanzania safari was a trip that will remain in our memories as one of the best. The guide we had for the safari was named Babu and he was professional, knowledgeable & attentive. I will definitely use your company for any future trips.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR TARANGIRE IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Tarangire National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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