Tarangire National Park

Size: 2,850 square kilometres.

Location: 118km southwest of Arusha.

Known for: Elephants - dubbed as home for elephants

Bird Species: 500+

High season: June - October

Best Time: Year round, but dry season (June to September) is the best.

To Do: Guided walking safaris, game drives, and cultural visits to nearby villages.

Migratory Birds: Nov - Apr.

Altitude: 985-1,528m / 3,232-5,013ft

Wildlife Highlights

Tarangire is home to some dry-country antelope, such as the rare fringed-eared oryx and peculiar, long necked gerunuk. The southern part of the park, which is swampy, offer fascinating wildlife viewing opportunities such as wallowing elephants and buffalo. The Silale swamps attract hundreds of elephants and other animals, and it’s the best place to see the famous tree climbing lions of Tarangire as well as leopards.
Big pythons can sometimes be found in trees when the swamps are drying up.

Details of Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is located in the northern part of Tanzania; its ecosystem supports migratory movement of animals within the park.

Tarangire is more of seasonal park because during the dry season, between June and October, large herds of animals are attracted to the Tarangire River. During this time, the elephant numbers are spectacular and we recommend to include Tarangire when you visit north circuit.

Tarangire is another great bird watching site, with more than 500 species recorded, Tarangire declares itself as the best playground for birding and photographing.

The swamps inside the Tarangire National Park, tinged green year-around, have the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. The swampy floodplains in Tarangire's southern and eastern part are important breeding grounds for the Eurasian migrants. Tarangire's woodlands are inhabited by Hoopoes, Hornbills, White-bellied go-away-bird and Brown parrots.

The park also inhabited by several dry-country bird species at the extremity of their range, such as the northern pied babbler and vulturine guineafowl.

When to Visit?

The park can be accessed throughout the year. However, June to October is dry season and the best time for wildlife viewing. During this time, large herds of animals migrate to the park from the surrounding wildlife areas, and predators follow. Since the vegetation is thinner and animals assembles around the Tarangire River when other water sources dry up. November to May is wet season, most animals migrate out of the park.

How to get there?

The park is part of the popular northern safari circuit and is typically visited together with Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) near Dar es Salaam and book a domestic flight to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Activities

Night Game Drive

Birding

Walking Safari

Sightseeing

The Above Trip Includes

Type of accommodation you choose has impact to the total price of your itinerary and so determine it’s type (budget/medium/luxury). Please speak with our safari expert about what accommodation fits your budget and requirements.

Meals

Full Board: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transport

4x4 Landcruiser with Pop-up roof

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