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And home it was for three wonderful nights. Our room looked out on the plains of the Serengeti, with wildebeests nearby, but not as close as cape buffalo, baboons, and, at night, lions on the prowl. Our patio was huge, above the pool, with lounges perfect for a nap or catching up on our reading.
Babu's staff, including the twins Husseni and Hassani, were there when we wanted help and invisible at other times. Prior to meals, they appeared and played games with us, taught us about their wonderful oasis and its native inhabitants, and served us appetizers. Then the meals came, perfectly prepared and irresistible. The food was world class, served simply, but elegantly, including a wonderful surprise for Wendy's birthday.
The accommodations were the equivalent of any five star hotel in LA or NY, but much larger. And they bring the natural luxury of quiet, that is if you consider the wild roars of lions and other animals "quiet." Henry saw the source of those roars pass by his window.
You cannot get any closer to the incredible Serengeti wildlife than Mkombe's House. Up at 6, in the funny jeep like viewing vehicle, and within seconds, you are saying good morning to zebra, wildebeests, gazelles, elephants, hippos, crocs, lions, cheetahs, leopards, many different avian species, ostriches, hyenas, jackals, . . . shall I go on? The morning is interrupted by breakfast that is wonderful, perhaps enhanced by being outdoors in that wonderful air, but totally enjoyable. Served by Gabu as though serving the seven of us were a "piece of cake." That and more.
Would we repeat this visit? In a NY Minute."
LOCATION - In the central part of Tarangire National Park, away from the busy north and in easy reach of the main river and Silale and Gursi Swamps plus other excellent game areas.
SETTING - In a grove of acacia trees, on the main game routes near the banks of the Tarangire River.
ACCOMMODATION - Six large, thatched safari tents with verandahs and en-suite indoor and outdoor bucket showers and flush toilets. One of these is a family tent which has two en-suite bedrooms and an adjoining corridor which is zipped closed at night. Open-sided, airy, grass thatched lounge and dining room furnished with hides, canvas and a touch of colourful textiles.
ACTIVITIES - Game drives and night drives in open 4WD vehicles, walking safaris, sundowners and bush picnics, outstanding mammal and bird viewing.
SEASONS - June to November; hot days and cool nights with high concentration of both migrant animals and huge herds of buffalo and elephant, this is also the best time for walking safaris. Dec-March, the park is green and full of life; while the migrant animals move to their green season grazing to the east, this is a wonderful time to see elephants and birdlife is at its most spectacular.
CHILD POLICY - We are delighted to accept children over the age of 8 at Kuro Tarangire. Only children over 12yrs will be allowed to take part in walking safaris.
HOW TO GET THERE - Access to Kuro Tarangire is via by road from Arusha or Manyara, or by air into Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park with free airstrip transfers (15mins). Daily flights between Arusha/Manyara/Serengeti and Ruaha (connecting onwards to Selous). Twice weekly flights on Mondays & Thursdays from Manyara to Katavi and Mahale.
OPENING DATES - June—mid March