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Mawe Ninga Camp


... is located in the Tarangire area of Northern Tanzania.

Upsides ...

Mawe Ninga Camp is a medium specification permanent tented option in a superb location in the heart of the reserve. It is a simple but cool and comfortable permanent tented camp, Maasai hosted and relatively well priced. Activities include daytime vehicle safari, with options for walking safari and night vehicle safari. Wildlife viewing is usually at its best during the dry season, Jun/Dec, particularly strong for elephants.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides at Mawe Ninga Camp are that this is not a highly polished place and quality can occasionally be a little variable. Central parts of the reserve can get quite busy during high seasons and there is no off-road driving permitted. Tsetse flies can be a nuisance in some areas.

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When to visit ...

As we have already mentioned, the best time to visit Tarangire is generally considered to be during the Jun/Oct dry season. when the animals migrate in from a vast hinterland to the permanent sources of water in the park, notably the Tarangire River itself, where elephants gather in huge numbers. But the light can be hazy and visitor traffic high in core areas. It is usual to include Tarangire in most safaris into this region at this time.

During the converse green season, Feb/May, the animals disperse and the grass grows high, making wildlife viewing a good deal more challenging. But the landscapes are very pretty, the light clear and visitor traffic low. Tarangire is much more rarely included in safaris during this time.

The Jun and Nov/Jan periods are periods of transition between the two main seasons, the actual timing of which varies according to the specific rainfall patterns each year.

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A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for Mawe Ninga Camp. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include Mawe Ninga Camp in trips ...

Tarangire is a lovely large slice of 'honest Africa', somewhere in which to appreciate the intricacy and subtlety of the bush. But it is very much subsidiary to the Serengeti, if you can only afford to include one of them in your safari, then it should most likely be the latter. We love this reserve, but we return more often to Serengeti, it is a much bigger deal and feels significantly more wild.

The park contains a handful of exceptional safari camps, all designed to appeal to the kind of guest who will appreciate the relatively subtle safari landscapes. Unusually for this part of the world, the parks authority permits these camps to operate a certain amount of walking safari and night vehicle safari within the reserve, which really serves to mix up the overall experience.

We tend to recommend Tarangire to guests who are planning on spending 7 or more nights on an overland safari through this region, especially to those people who are particularly keen on elephants. We always try to do so for a minimum of 2 nights in one of the camps situated deep within the park. The last thing you want to do is dip into this park, since you will simply form part of the transient vehicle traffic stream in the northern and central sectors. To do the place justice, to need time to get away from these core areas, get away from the traffic, relax and enjoy the area's subtle and hypnotic atmosphere.

Mawe Ninga Camp is the standout option in Tarangire in the middle to lower end of the price range, a cool, stylish and intimate place in a great position, but relatively modest levels of comfort. It is a big favourite amongst both us and our guests. The joy of sitting up on those rocks, around a campfire with the Maasai staff and watching an enormous African sun set over the Rift Valley Escarpment and the distant Ngorongoro Highlands ... these moments are priceless.

The usual stay duration is 2 to 3 nights.

Related lodges and locations ...

In this Tarangire National Park area we tend to most frequently recommend high quality camps deep inside the park such as Oliver's Camp, Swala Camp, Nomad Tarangire Kuro Camp or the mid-priced Mawe Ninga Camp.

The majority of visitors who do include the Tarangire area in their trip tend to combine with Serengeti safari, Ngorongoro safari and Lake Manyara safari to make a total of 7 to 14 nights in the region.

Some visitors also combine with options further afield including Kilimanjaro treks in the northeast of the country, Ruaha safari and Selous safari to the south, Katavi safari and Mahale Mountains chimpanzee safari out west, Maasai Mara safari over the border in Kenya and Virunga Mountains gorilla safari over in Rwanda.

These mainland areas are also commonly combined with nights down on the Tanzania Coast, especially on Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island, Mafia Island or Fanjove Island, usually in trips of 10 to 21 nights.

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