TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps. The park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees.
REASONS TO VISIT THE TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Tarangire is only 2 hours away from Arusha and 70km from Lake Manyara National Park, it is extremely convenient to visit the Tanarangire National Park
The views one experiences here cannot be captured with a camera, but instead plant permanent memories in the hearts and minds of visitors.
The distinct seasonal differences reflected in both the landscape and the wildlife make Tarangire an extremely versatile place to visit.
The dense bush and tall, swaying grasses provide a unique glimpse into the unspoiled habitat of some of Africa’s most majestic wildlife.
Get up close and personal with the awesome natural landscape and visit wild animals on their own turf as they live and thrive in their natural environment.
For those interested in viewing wild game, the Tarangire Park does not disappoint, it hosts a huge variety of indigenous species
The park lies in northwestern Tanzania, the park can be reached via paved road south from Arusha in under two hours and lies 70km from Tarangire
The Tarangire National Park is surrounded by numerous lodges and campsites available at various levels of luxury and it close to Arusha because it can be toured in a day
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
walking tours, day & game drives, cultural tours, camping, the wonderful scenery and amazing landscapes make Tarangire a very adventurous destination
Named after the mighty Tarangire River, which flows directly through it, the Tarangire Park offers some of the best natural resources that Tanzania has to offer
Home to a plethora of indigenous wildlife which thrives in the dense bush and tall grassy plains and who migrate instinctively toward the river for relief during the dry months. A trip to Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a stop at this park
ABOUT THE TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.
The park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Visitors to the park in the June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include waterbuck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant's gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in Tarangire include African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog.
The drier areas of the park are occupied by the Stocking-thighed Ostrich, the worlds largest bird, the Kori Bustard, the heaviest flying bird in the world, and smaller groups of hornbills. The Tarangire National Park with its various habitats and food sources is a park every bird-watcher most see. You can also see three endangered bird species: Rufous-tailed weaver, Ashy starling and Yellow-collared Lovebird.
Herds of up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams, in the dry riverbeds while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. Dry-country antelope such as fringe-eared oryx and the long-necked gerenuk are also regularly spotted. Abandoned termite-mounds often house mongoose colonies.
Tarangire Park offers visitors a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Dense forests are replaced by looming acacia woodlands and huge, old baobab trees that have held their ground for centuries and the welcoming shores of the Tarangire River provide much needed sustenance to the abundant wildlife that call the area home
Best things to see in Tarangire National Park | do in Tarangire National Park
Tarangire is home to most of Tanzania’s iconic animals – the diminutive dik-dik to the towering African elephants and giraffes that attract visitors from all around the world. In addition to these popular animals, there are three endangered animals that can be found nowhere else in the country: the fringe-eared oryx with its graceful horns, the towering greater kudu, and the tiny Ashy Starling.
Tarangire National Park is a popular destination for birdlovers. With more than 550 species of bird – the highest number on all of Tanzania – Tarangire truly is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The park’s woodlands are home to hoopoes, hornbills, brown parrots, and the white-bellied go away bird as well as game birds such as the helmeted guinea fowl, yellow necked spurfowl, and the crested francolin.
Watch the Elephants
Tarangire’s claim to fame is its large elephant population. During the dry season, herds of up to 300 elephants can be seen digging in the apparently dry riverbed of the Tarangire River looking for underground streams. Even during the wet season elephants remain a common sight thanks to their large numbers. Within the park, the former hiding place for ivory poachers can also be seen.
Alongside the acacia, no plant is quite so synonymous with Africa than the baobab. aLSO known as the Tree of Life, it gets its distinct shape from the fact it can store anywhere between 300 and 1000 litres of water within its bloated trunk. Able to live up to 600 years, this venerable trees are particularly common in Tarangire National Park. An important source of food for the animals of Tarangire
Located in the eastern and southern regions of the park, Tarangire’s swamp network offers a vital water catchment and sanctuary for the park’s elephants, cape buffalo, and more than 500 species of bird. Swampland offers intriguing game viewing opportunities for those wishing to see wallowing elephants, the Silale swamp lions, tree-climbing pythons, and even the rare African wild dog
Located just outside the park, the Kolo Rocks is a proposed World Heritage site displaying ancient rock art left behind by ancient hunter-gatherers, as well as the remains of prehistoric rock shelters.
WHERE TO STAY : lodges | Camps | Hotels
Tarangire National Park accommodation offers many different accommodation facilities, from luxurious lodges to camping experiences with an authentic African theme to them. Our selection of top accommodation in Tarangire National Pak mainly includes camps & lodges ideal for individuals, couples, families or groups traveling together. If you can't find the right one for your needs, simply contact us and let one of our safari experts help you find the ideal place to stay.
Tarangire Chem Chem Lodge
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tarangire Sanctuary Swala
Maramboi Tented Camp
Tarangire Oliver Camp
Tarangire Ranch Conservancy Camp
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Weather in Tarangire is temperate and enjoyable. The altitude varies widely from 982 to1646 m (3222 to 5400 ft). Temperatures drop by about 6.5°C for every 1000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1000ft), so even within the park there are wide climatic variations.
Wet seasons consist of: 'long rains' (March to May) and the 'short rains' (November to December). It usually rains in the afternoon and seldom for the entire day. Over the year, temperatures do not change much. It rarely gets too hot, but the evenings and mornings tend to get cold. Warm clothes for early morning game drives is recommended.
|Best time to go:|
June to October (Animals congregate around the Tarangire River)
|High Season:||Most of the year - July to March (The Ngorongoro Crater will have crowds)|
|Low Season:||April and May|
|Best Weather:||June to October (Little rainfall)|
|Worst Weather:||March and April (Peak of Wet season)|