Tarangire is all about big buffalo herds, the quiet observation of elephant families going about their business and immersion in the quintessentially African landscape punctuated with smooth-trunked Baobab trees.
From the first note of the dawn chorus that accompanies the slow lightening of the sky, to the dusk that gathers around you as you warm your feet by the camp-fire, Kuro Tarangire is a place where human visitors can find harmony with nature's rhythms. We wake in the cool of the early morning and walk straight out of camp to discover evidence of the night's activities along the course of the Tarangire River. There's something very special about placing one's own foot within the print of an elephant, or kneeling to cradle the nest of a praying mantis, glistening with dew. It's the sort of rare freedom that we seldom enjoy in our busy lives.
Later in the day we climb into open cars with the warm air against our skin, and head out with the anticipation of discovery. This park is second only to the Serengeti in its concentration of wildlife and is well known for big herds of buffalo, elephant that stand picturesquely beneath the spreading branches of Baobabs and prides of lazy lion sprawled in the shade of acacia scrub. The muted colours of Africa are frequently lit up by the bright reds and yellows of barbets, starlings and bee-eaters; there are over 550 species of birds here. Sometimes we'll take advantage of our freedom to venture out at night for this is when elusive creatures also choose to softly tread the trails. Few things are more exhilarating than catching a glimpse of the patterned flank of a leopard as it slinks through the grass beside our car.
Our camp, Kuro, has long been a place where people have paused for a while to envelope themselves in Africa's wild natural beauty. You don't have to go far here to encounter the creatures that call this place home.