Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is situated 118 km southwest of Arusha with the size of 2850 sq km offering the traveler spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife to view. It is well known for its elephant migration, abundant bird life and a serene authentic safari atmosphere.
The park is the 6th largest National Park after Ruaha National Park, Serengeti National Park, Katavi National Park, Mikumi National Park and Mkomazi National Park. Its name is derived from the main source of river that provides water to the wild animals during the dry season as it passes through the park; Tarangire River. Over the dry season most animals migrate from Lake Manyara National Park to Tarangire National Park. Some of the animals also migrate far and wide to the river, always knowing they are bound to find water in the river. This makes it one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife. On the wet season the wild animals are scattered all over the park ready to exhaust the green plains before returning near the river.
The scenery and vegetation is amazingly diverse but it is sometimes overshadowed by the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National park. The beauty is also brought about by the hilly settings that are dotted with large numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses. This scenery is one of its kinds that is found in this park in the whole of the northern safari circuit. It is often missed out in the itineraries or given less attention or less than 24hrs where you are most likely not going to experience much. It is recommended spending a few days and mostly on the southern part of the park where you will get the true meaning of wilderness.
Flora and fauna
A visit to the park will give you the opportunity to view a wide variety of wild animals. These include the huge numbers of elephants, lions, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, waterbuck, impala, olive baboons, hartebeests, eland, antelopes, giraffes as well as other animals.
Tarangire National Park is home to more than 550 species, a haven to bird watchers all year around. The swamps offer the breeding grounds for the birds all year around making it the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
The vegetation comprises mainly dry, open woodlands that include thorny acacia thickets and lots of its signature baobab trees. Some beautiful stands of acacia tortillis trees can also be spotted.
How to Get to Tarangire National Park
The Park can easily be accessed by road or chartered flights from Arusha and Serengeti. It can be reached by road from Arusha in less than four hours and it is only seventy kilometers from Lake Manyara National park.
What to do
- Guided walking safaris
- Game drives
- Day trips to the nearby villages
- Bush dinners and bush breakfasts
The best time to visit
The park can be visited all year around. But if the traveler wants to see a high concentration of animals the best time to visit is on the dry season which lies between June to October. The remainder of the year there are less animals as some migrate out of the park.
Where to stay
The Park offers unique properties to stay. There are lodges, tented lodges, luxury tented camps and camps located inside and outside the park can accommodate the traveler while on a tour to the park.
More on Tarangire Lodges and Camps