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Nocturnal wildlife encounters at Tarangire National Park

Head to Tarangire for a night of fascinating wildlife viewing and memorable star gazing…

By Miraji Ramadhani Gwau
Safari guide at Lemala Mpingo Ridge Camp

There’s always some wildlife drama unfolding in Tarangire, Tanzania’s sixth-largest national park. The landscape is a mix of woodland, lakes and swamps and is covered in striking baobab trees.

Night drives are my favourite in Tarangire, as we get to see nocturnal animals like civets and serval cats, white-tail mongoose, leopards hunting and hyenas roaming around for food. I’ve even been lucky enough to see an aardwolf – which are very difficult to spot. Guests have an early dinner before we leave camp around 7.30-8pm for the night drive, arriving back around 10pm. We’re accompanied by a park ranger for safety purposes and a Maasai warrior, who’s an expert at spotting animals in the dark.

I like to stop and switch off all the lights so we can do some star gazing. On a clear night you can see so many constellations, the Milky Way and shooting stars. I tell everyone to sit and be silent for a few minutes so they can just take in the African sky, feel the power of nature and listen to the crickets and animal calls. It’s a beautiful experience – recently it even reduced one of my guests to tears, she was so awed to be out in the wilderness, beneath the stars.

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Alfred & Miraji Ramadhani Gwau

Miraji is an experienced safari guide at Lemala Mpingo Ridge Camp and a budding wildlife photographer. Having grown up in a village near Arusha, Miraji has always loved animals, especially birds, and says guiding is his dream job. In 2017, Miraji was awarded Lemala Leader of the Year and sent for a month-long guide exchange to South Africa, one of his career highlights to date.
Miraji Ramadhani Gwau, safari guide at Lemala Mpingo Ridge Camp

Alfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.

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