Tarangire National Park is one of Tanzania’s least known National Parks. It is over 2,800 square kilometres in size and is situated about 3 hours’ drive southwest of Arusha. It is named after the Tarangire River that winds its way through the Park. The landscape and vegetation are incredibly diverse and the hilly landscape is dotted with many Baobab trees, high grasses, dense bush, and swamps, tinged green all year round.
Although the Park provides game viewing year around, it is in the dry season that Tarangire becomes full of life. Between June to September, visitors are astounded by the sheer numbers of wildlife. Huge herds of up to 300 elephants trail the dried-out river beds in herds in search of water, iconic symbols of Tarangire. Zebra, buffalo, eland, antelope jostle for space around the lagoons for water, following the migration route from the Maasai Maraa, providing rich and easy pickings for the parks predators. Lions pack stalk through the park, their golden sandy fur blending in effortlessly against the dried out grasses. Leopards and their cubs prowl at night, stealthily and skillful to take down an antelope to last them for a few days. Giraffes glide with elegance through the plains, stripping trees bare of leaves, keeping a watchful eye for the big cats and the warning call of the birds.
The Tarangire is also home to the more unusual species of fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk. Tarangire boasts amazing birding, with over 550 different bird varieties. Bustards, ostrich, hornbills and the formidable secretary birds, plucking pythons out of trees, kicking their prey to death with armoured talons. Smaller varieties include hornbills, woodpeckers, superb starlings, yellow-collared love birds and weaver birds.
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My love for wildlife, nature, travel and adventure began at a very young age. My parents used to take me to various game reserves within South Africa. I was immediately drawn to our country’s natural beauty and wildlife. I soon fell in love with the idea of travelling. I have been fortunate enough to travel through most of South Africa by road, go on a safari in Kruger, Madikwe, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, relax on the beaches of Zanzibar and explore the United Kingdom.
I decided to take Tourism as a subject in school. This made me realise that Tourism is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life! I went on to study Tourism at college with the long term goal of becoming a Tour Consultant. I started at Pembury Tours straight out of college as an admin assistant. I assisted the tour consultants with documents, directions and basic admin. I was soon promoted to the position of Tour Consultant.
I may be young, but I am super-organised. The feeling I get when planning someone’s dream vacation, whether it is for a couple, a group of friends or for a family, cannot be put into words. Interacting with clients, catering for their needs and sharing my experience with the clients are all part of the joy this job brings me!