Eastern boundary of Tarangire National Park
On private land just outside Tarangire National Park. this small bush camp is high quality yet affordable. With elephants sometimes casually walking through the site along the picturesque seasonal riverbank, you can’t help but feel immersed in nature whilst being well looked after by the extremely attentive staff.
With the north-eastern entrance of Tarangire National Park just a few minutes away from this private concession, Nimali Tarangire is an intimate camp which is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding wilderness.
The picturesque park of baobab trees and grasslands create a beautifully relaxed setting, the area is renowned for its herds of elephants which are particularly attracted to the park’s permanent river in the dry season (July to October). Birdwatching is also really good here, mainly due to the swamps. There are over 550 species.
Nimali is a relatively new kid on the block, but we know the family of the owners, and we rate the way they do things. Whilst we’ve not yet seen this camp, we feel confident to recommend it based on this. You should find it good quality and yet priced sensibly.
It makes a good start to a Tanzania safari, being just about 2.5 hours from Arusha. The company has a sister camp in Serengeti.
Times to Go
The peak season for viewing game in Tarangire is July to October when the dry climate ensures the animals are attracted to Tarangire’s swamps and river. However, even outside of this time wildlife here can often be very good, it’s just that being a more bushy park, it can be a little harder to find the wildlife if they’re not congregating around water sources. The elephant herds are often much larger in the green season, whereas in the dry season they splinter into smaller family units.
Nimali Tarangire highlights
- Wildlife viewing in Tarangire
- Just 10 luxury tented suites
- Night game drives
- Guided walking safaris
- Hot air balloon rides (optional)
- Spa (optional)
Nimali Tarangire location
- 10 safari tents
- Closed in April and May
- All children welcome, but best suited to 10+
- Swimming pool
- Game drives to Tarangire
- Guided walking safaris and bird watching
- Hot air balloon safari
- Bush dining
- Community visits
- Spa treatments
Nimali Tarangire rooms
Each of the 10 tents provides a spacious bedroom with a sitting area, writing desk and lots of storage space.
The mesh windows and door admit plenty of natural light. Each en-suite bathroom has twin hand basins, a flush toilet, rain shower and solar-heated water. Toiletries, a hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers are supplied.
The private deck has views of the dry riverbed, and can be used for spa treatments and private dining.
Families are accommodated in 2 tents linked by a lounge and deck with a plunge pool.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“The lodge is eco-friendly utilising solar power for all its electricity requirements and they have a no-plastic policy and recycle water. Nimali Africa fund an anti-poaching team and community development programme which includes a water drilling rig to give locals access to clean water. They have also funded the development of four local schools.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.