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Tarangire National Park

The Long Dry Season
One of the quiet parks on the northern circuit itinerary, this is where to travel for that authentic safari experience.

BEST FOR

bird watching

BIRD WATCHING

One of the quiet parks on the northern circuit itinerary, this is where to travel for that authentic safari experience.
Our Rating of Tarangire National Park
  • Remoteness 30% 30%
  • Family 80% 80%
  • Animal Viewing 100% 100%
  • Landscape 85% 85%
  • Flora 90% 90%
  • Birding 70% 70%

Tarangire National Park

One of the quiet parks on the northern circuit itinerary, this is where to travel for that authentic safari experience.

BEST FOR

bird watching

BIRD WATCHING

The Long Dry Season

  • Remoteness 25% 25%
  • Family 75% 75%
  • Animal Viewing 85% 85%
  • Landscape 70% 70%
  • Flora 90% 90%
  • Birding 95% 95%

Our Rating Of Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River arises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary.

In the dry season the Tarangire River irresistibly lures the herds of plane animals in the parched surrounding areas to its shrunken but permanent brackish waters.

The animals come by the thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron and dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe eared Oryx. As the rainless days continue the pools of the Tarangire National Park are clotted with thirsty migrants and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry river bed. At this time of year the concentration of the animals rivals that of the Serengeti to the northwest

The animals share the permanent pools with flocks of the Tarangire National Park’s diverse bird population: greenwood hoopoes, fisher’s lovebirds, white-bellied go away birds, hornbills, cuckoos and giant water birds like the Goliath heron, Egyptian goose and giant kingfisher.

Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River arises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary.

In the dry season the Tarangire River irresistibly lures the herds of plane animals in the parched surrounding areas to its shrunken but permanent brackish waters.

The animals come by the thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron and dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe eared Oryx. As the rainless days continue the pools of the Tarangire National Park are clotted with thirsty migrants and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry river bed. At this time of year the concentration of the animals rivals that of the Serengeti to the northwest

The animals share the permanent pools with flocks of the Tarangire National Park’s diverse bird population: greenwood hoopoes, fisher’s lovebirds, white-bellied go away birds, hornbills, cuckoos and giant water birds like the Goliath heron, Egyptian goose and giant kingfisher.

Our Top Tips For Tarangire National Park
  • Tarangire River:  The lifeblood of the park and the surrounding area, sustaining million of animals.
  • Birdwatching:   Over 600 species in a variety of habitats.
  • Termite Mounds the landscape is dotted with these – abandoned mounds are home to mongoose.
  • Baobab Trees: these gigantic trees tower over the landscape.
  • Elephants: a refuge of the remaining elephants in Tanzania.
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Accommodation In Tarangire National Park

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Accommodation In Tarangire National Park

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Flora & Fauna In Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is a great wildlife viewing destination, during the dry season the Tarangire River attracts wildlife from within the ecosystem – the Tarangire ecosystem is nearly 13 times the real size of this park!

Tarangire always has and always will be famous for elephants – you are guaranteed to see in the park. Tarangire holds the record for the oldest recorded elephant birth and recently one elephant in Tarangire had twins that they raised until adulthood.

Home to over 600 species of birds, keen ornithologists are treated a great introduction to the country’s birdlife. Most of the birdlife understandably is near the river and the reason for the large number of species is the swampy areas which are green throughout the year and provide a breeding area for all the bird species.  Tarangire also has a lot of species as it overlaps two ranges the north eastern and north western areas – combining both ranges such as the pied babbler plus the guineafowl.

DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

 

MIOMBO

RIVER

 

Location Of Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is located in Northern Tanzania in Manyara regions. The Park is Tanzania’s 6th largest park and encompasses the Tarngire river and its associated ecosystem.
Arusha is the starting point for most safaris to Tarangire from where the Park’s entrance gate is a one and half hour’s drive West, close to the small Mto wa Mbu market town. Arusha is served by its own regional airport (ARK) that can be reached via Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyere International Airport, or the closer by Kilimanjaro International Airport where regular KLM flights from Amsterdam land as well as new Qatar and Turkish Airlines routes.

 

Fun Facts About Tarangire National Park

 Total Land Area

Elevation above sea level

Nearest Major City & Airport

When To Visit

2850 sq km
About the same size as Samoa

 
1000 -1500m
About 350 stacked giraffes
ARUSHA
About 150 km East
Jan Feb March Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

 

Fun Facts About Tarangire National Park

 Total Land Area

2850 sq km
About the same size as Samoa

Elevation above sea level

1000 -1500m
About 350 stacked giraffes

Nearest Major City & Airport

ARUSHA
About 150 km East

When To Visit

Jan Feb March Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

 

Infographic Of Tarangire National Park
Safaris In Tarangire National Park

This is usually in a large vehicle with space for up to 8 guests.

  • Can decrease prices a lot especially for groups less than 3.
  • Great opportunity to meet other people from around the world.
  • You have separate rooms but the benefit of good company during transfers and meals.

View Shared Safaris

This is a private vehicle allowing you complete freedom.

  • You can decide on when you want to start & end your safari day.
  • Complete freedom – stop when & for how long you want.
  • Recommended for specialist photographers, honeymooners and families

View Private Safaris

Safaris In Tarangire National Park

This is usually in a large vehicle with space for up to 8 guests.

  • Can decrease prices a lot especially for groups less than 3.
  • Great opportunity to meet other people from around the world.
  • You have separate rooms but the benefit of good company during transfers and meals.

View Shared Safaris

This is a private vehicle allowing you complete freedom.

  • You can decide on when you want to start & end your safari day.
  • Complete freedom – stop when & for how long you want.
  • Recommended for specialist photographers, honeymooners and families

View Private Safaris

What To Do In Tarangire National Park

WALKING SAFARIS

BIRD WATCHING

GAME DRIVES

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