Tarangire National Park is an often-overlooked gem on the northern safari circuit and therefore quieter than its more renowned Park neighbours. This Park is well known for its stunning baobab trees and large herds of elephants. The Park also provides excellent habitat for lion, leopard, hyena, buffalo and many antelope species unique to East Africa including the lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk and grants gazelle. Cheetah seem to prefer the more open plains in the southern part of the park and occasionally, wild dog can also be spotted.

The Park is 2850 sq. km in size and is located 118 km southwest of Arusha. Sandwiched between the plains of the Maasai Steppe to the south east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north west, the Park is dominated by the Tarangire River which provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area and from which the Park gets its name. There are vast swamps in the southern section of the Park which attract the huge herds and an incredible array of birds, especially in the green season when the Park is lush and green and at its most beautiful.

Tarangire has arguably the best bird diversity in East Africa and the swamps have the most breeding birds in one habitat anywhere in the world. Bird watchers have a good chance of seeing endemic species such as the yellow collard lovebird, rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling.

In high season, from June to October, herds of up to 300 elephants can often be seen as they dig for water in the dry riverbeds, looking for underground streams.  Large herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland migrate down from Lake Manyara National Park and the Park becomes home to more than 550 species. Although the swamps are dry at this time of year, they remain green as the vegetation is very dense in this part of the Park but there are also attractive areas of rolling acacia woodland and riverine forest within the Park’s eco-system.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is among the most diverse parks in Tanzania: a little gem on the Northern Safari Circuit. The Park is 2850 sq. km in size and is located 118 km southwest of Arusha.

Home to more than 550 species

During the dry season from June to October, thousands of animals migrate to Tarangire National Park from Lake Manyara National Park, and it becomes home to more than 550 species.