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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.
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This is what safari is all about – endless plains, endless animals and the famous migration.

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.

 With the arrival of the short rains in October the first animals to leave are the herds of wildebeest and zebra which flood out to the north beginning their migration; to the east and south the bulk of the other migrant animals leave including Grants and Thomson’s gazelle, buffalo, oryx and hartebeest

As the water courses of the Tarangire National Park begin to fill up the population pressure is relaxed and soon only the resident species are left behind warthog, dik-dik, giraffe, lesser kudu and the year-round plague of the park the tsetse fly.

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 mongeese.

Baobab Trees: these gigantic trees tower over the landscape

Elephants: a refuge of the remaining elephants in Tanzania.

Safari Team Rating of Tarangire National Park
  • Remoteness 25% 25%
  • Family 75% 75%
  • Animal Viewing 85% 85%
  • Landscape 70% 70%
  • Flora 90% 90%
  • Birding 95% 95%

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Tarangire National Park Flora & Fauna

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! 

The oldest known elephant to give birth to twins is found in Tarangire. A recent birth of elephant twins in the Tarangire National Park of Tanzania is a great example of how the birth of these two healthy and thriving twins can beat the odds

Home to over 600 species of birds, keen ornithologists are treated a great introduction to the country’s birdlife.  Its swamps which are normally green all year round are the commonest breeding area for various species in the entire park. In addition it is home to several dry bird species in Tanzania at the margin of their range, such as the pied babbler plus the vulturine guineafowl.

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Tarangire National Park Location & Map

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.

Alternatively, there is actually an airstrip in Tarangire called Kuro (KUR) which can take chartered flights from Arusha or a shuttle bus can take you from Kenya to Arusha but most safari operators will pick you up at the airport and take you from there. The Park is very close to Lake Manyara and can easily be combined.

The best time of year to visit Tarangire National Park to see the large mammals is between the July and October dry seasons, whereas the November to June wet season is best for birdwatching.

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Fast Facts On 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

About 150 km East

When To Visit Tarangire National Park

Jan    Feb    Mar    Apr    May    Jun

Jul    Aug    Sept    Oct   Nov    Dec

View Other Northern Circuit Safari Parks

Arusha National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Tarangire National Park

Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

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