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The Tarangire is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and received its name from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park. It is also the only source of water for animals during the dry season. The below graphs summarises the wildlife sightings over a monthly period.

The Tarangire is famous for its large herds of elephants that congregate under the spectacular baobab trees. The park attracts an abundance of zebra and is home to waterbuck, giraffe and kudu with their immense spiral horns as well as oryx with their lengthy rapier horns. Also in great abundance are impala, giraffe, buffalo, lion, and leopard. The park is also home to over 550 species of bird with yellow-collared lovebirds a common sight in the trees along the Tarangire River.

sightings - February 2014

Guests staying at Sanctuary Swala in February had some unique sightings including seeing serval and a few honey badgers, animals not often seen in the bush. There have also been a lot of lion kills, mainly buffalo. The resident leopards and cheetahs have been very busy killing warthogs and small impala's. The large herds of elephants and buffalos have remained in the area and we've had great lion sightings  - spotting them almost every day this month.  

sightings - january 2014

Great sightings this month including that of a female cheetah with her three cubs. The elephants is still all over the area and often come into camp to drink from the nearby waterhole.  The tree climbing pythons have taken to the swamps and haven't been seen for a while. The lion sightings remain good, and although it can be difficult to see them due to the long grass we luckily have some of the best guides able to spot just about any animal in the bush. The surrounding area is looking lush and green with almost all of the Baobabs in leaf.

Sightings - December 2013

This month has seen a few honey badgers moving around the camp. The on-going rains have turned the bush green and with that there are also many new born around. Local residents in and around camp include impala, waterbuck, kudu, giraffe, jackal and ground hornbills seen daily from the main lounge deck area. The bird life is still amazing and the vervet monkeys still provide day long entertainment. Other sightings this month include lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hyena, cheetah and more of the tree climbing pythons.


sightings - October 2013

Guests staying at Sanctuary Swala during October had another phenomenal month of game viewing.  Sightings of the area's notorious tree climbing pythons, cheetah, wild dogs, hyena, buffalo and leopard all increased from last month. Plains game and baboons can be seen almost the entire day in and around camp providing endless entertainment for guests who decide to stay in camp. From now until April the park enters its prime bird watching period as migrant species flock to the area.

Sightings - November 2013

The lions sightings in and around camp have been amazing. Guests witnessed a zebra kill at waterhole right in front of the camp. They also saw mating lions buffalo's being chased by lions towards the pool area. The rains have started turning the surrounding area to all shades of green. There is a hive of activity around the baobabs - from bees, bats, bush babies, birds, monkeys and impala all eating the flowers that have dropped off the ground. The Tarangire is still excellent for elephant sightings and there are also large numbers of buffalo around - in one drive we encountered three different herds of over 1000 strong.

SIGHTINGS - September 2013

The camp has had an incredible game viewing month most of which guests didn't even have to leave camp to see. We had very vocal lions almost permanently in camp at night. A herd of elephants made the camp surrounds their home and our guides spotted a coalition of two male cheetahs walking around camp and one of our guests even spotted a leopard drinking from the pool. The Marabou storks are roosting in trees around lodge and most of our guests were able to see a few  tree climbing pythons. Other interesting sightings include seeing a white Baboon. We suspect he suffers from leucism - a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.


The Tarangire National Park is famous for its tree climbing lions and python's - which is exactly what one of our guests recently spotted. It is thought that they prefer to lounge in the branches of a sausage tree where the fruit of the tree helps disguise the twitch of a tail. Another unique sighting this month was of a serval. These medium sized cats are strong but slender with long legs and a short tail. They are nocturnal and as an opportunistic predator mostly hunts birds, reptiles, insects and frogs.