Tarangire National Park

Underrated but not underwhelming!

Underrated but undeterred, the Tarangire National park is the scenic treat. Traversing the majestic baobab and acacia-dotted unique red earth landscape of the park, is the perennial Tarangire River- the lifeblood of the park. Diverse topography, dense wildlife, and sparse crowd make the park a favourite among the connoisseurs of a serene safari

Home to the Big 4

As the sixth largest national park of Tanzania, Tarangire National Park boasts of the second-highest concentration of wildlife, surpassed only by Serengeti in the dry months. Home to the 4 of the Big 5, Tarangire is a park worth exploring.   Large herds of elephants ambling lazily on undulating savannah grasslands form the premier highlight and the presence of lions, numerous buffaloes and leopard make it a quadruple delight.

Wealth of birding opportunities

If the dry season revs up the game drive, the wet season is an avian delight. Ideal for bird watching around the year, the onset of rains coinciding with the arrival of migratory birds, gives the park a shade of oomph. If you are an avid bird watcher then prepare to drown in a cacophony of chirps as you regale in the prime time ensemble of more than 550 species of birds- including yellow-collared lovebirds, hornbills, weaver, long-tailed paradise whydah and ostrich among others. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars and camera as the muse never sleeps

Round the year conviviality

The park hosts a multitude of other attractions that bring variety. The frolicking baboons and the resident vervet monkeys are the chief mischief makers, so always watch your back. The dry season sees droves of giraffes, zebras, wildebeest scouring for nourishment at the Tarangire and adjoining swamps. The rare species of Kudus, Oryx Ashy starlings also roam the park.

To do list

Renowned for traditional game viewing Tarangire National Park  is a bird lover’s paradise. The spectacular landscape provides plenty of sightseeing opportunities and guided walks make it an intense experience.

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Tarangiri National Park Facts

  • Covers an area of 2,600 sq km
  • The 4th largest park in Tanzania
  • Tarangire is the sixth largest national park in Africa
  • 118km southwest of Arusha Town.
  • Second only to the Serengeti ecosystem for concentration of wildlife during the dry season
  • Herds of 300 elephants and teems of antelope crowd the dwindling waters of the Tarangire River and its shrinking lagoons.
  • Tarangiri National Park One can see a large concentration of elephants year round.
  • An incredible 550 species of birds, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world
  • With luck you may see Bat eared fox, Fringe eared Oryx and White bearded wildebeest along with all the common wild animals.
  • Predator populations are a big attraction here.
  • Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, so keep a watchful eye on the trees too.
  • Magnificent 1000-year-old giant Baobab trees punctuate the Park.
  • Bird species found here include African hoopoe, bataleur, Brown parrot, Goliath heron, helmeted guinea fowl, Hamerkop, long-toed lapwing, Madagascar bee-eater, Yellow collared lovebird, and White-bellied Laurie.
  • Also found here are various species of ducks, francolins, kingfishers, owls, doves, weavers, plovers, eagles, and sand pipers.
  • The dry season, July – September and temperatures are between 18 and 32 degrees Celsius.
  • The wet season, mid-October to mid-May and temperatures are between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius.
  • Rainfall is usually in the region of 1600 mm per annum and is heaviest from November through to April.
  • June and October is considered the best time to visit due to the sheer numbers of animals.
  • Walking safaris can be arranged with qualified guides.
  • Game Driving around the Park
  • Tarangire Balloon Safari With the only sound being that of the burners heating the air inside the balloon’s billowing canopy, all those within the 8-man basket will revel in the spectacle of the rising sun across the Tarangire plains. Following this 50-minute breathtaking spectacle, the balloon will land softly on ‘terra firma’ and from here you will be taken to your open-air breakfast table where you will no doubt share the morning’s experiences.
  • Day trips to the Barabaig tribe’s ancient Kolo Rock Paintings are another good option.