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Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire. A gathering of giants in a picture perfect African landscape. The undulating savannah woodland, dotted with majestic baobabs — many of which are estimated to be over 2000 years old — is home to the largest elephant population in northern Tanzania. And when the dust blows the plains dry, game viewing is nothing less than breathtaking. Late in the dry season, the park hosts the highest density of wildlife of almost anywhere on the whole continent.

An absence of lakes is the secret to the abundance of wildlife; the Tarangire River is the only permanent source of water, besides Silale Swamp, an arm of the main river. It flows northwards throughout the length of the park and forms a life-providing artery for visiting wild animals. When the blazing sun vaporizes the last drops of moisture from the plains in early June — this is where all animals return, one after another.

Most wildlife gathers in the central and northern areas of the park. The sight of thousands upon thousands of zebra en wildebeest is something you won’t easily forget. It provides a feeding frenzy for lions — the park’s most abundant residents - , leopards and spotted hyenas, which eagerly await their next chance to hunt. In fact, all five of Africa’s greatest wild animals are present.  Although the cheetah number varies with the occurrence of gazelles, you stand a high change of seeing it. The oryx might be an absent beauty in most of the other parks, it is visitor of Tarangire. Here, just a few mammals are rare residents, such as the greater and lesser kudu. And as for the elusive wild dog and peculiar long—necked generuk: you need a very well—trained eye indeed — or just a stroke of luck. But without much effort you can tick the checkboxes for giraffe, waterbuck, bushbuck, bufallo, eland, impala, gazelle and warthog.

Bird lovers are treated to a palette of over 500 breeding species — nowhere in the world you will find more in one habitat. And wet or dry, an encounter with elephants just cannot be avoided.

Late in the dry season, Tarangire hosts the highest density of wildlife in Tanzania

  • Tarangire National Park was established in 1970.
  • It measures 2,350 kmz, 90 km from south to north, and lies at e scattered hills up to an altitude of goo—1,100 metres, with 50m 1,600 metres.
  • The Park knows seasonal variation: the dry season lasts from June to October (with risk of bushfires). The wet Period lasts from November to May (less rainy December- February). August -October is best for seeing migratory Wildlife’ but there is abundant resident wildlife all year round.
  • The park is easily accessible by road or air. By road: 114 km from Arusha town on a good tarmac road, last 7 km on dirt roads (less than 2 hours in total). By air: We do provide both flight and road option from Arusha town.
  • The main roads are drivable throughout the year, but roads in the river valley and on the flood plains are hard to pass in the wet season.

Tarangire is a gathering of giants in a picture perfect African landscape

What to do

Game driving, guided walking safaris, balloon safaris and bird watching.

Tarangire National Park