Tarangire National Park Featured, Parks and Reserves
Tarangire National Park is traversed by the Tarangire River, which never dries up. Being the only source of water during the dry season (July to October), it draws hundreds of animals to the park, making for a wildlife and bird viewing spectacular. The landscape is varied, with grassy savannah plains, swamps, hills and spectacular baobabs.
* Tarangire National Park Highlights
- ∞Beautiful scenery – large open areas, dotted with hills and marshes
- ∞Tarangire River flows all year, attracting game to its banks
- ∞Prolific wildlife, especially July to October
- ∞Tree-climbing lions
- ∞Incredible baobabs
- ∞Large elephant population with herds of up to 300
- ∞Rock paintings
- ∞Easy 3-hour drive from Arusha
- ∞Number of great places to stay in the park
Slightly off the northern safari circuit, Tarangire National Park offers visitors an uncrowded, scenic safari experience. With fabulous and varied landscape, dotted with termite mounds and copses of Dr Seuss-esque baobabs, it’s a wonderful park to visit.
Wildlife at Tarangire
With the second-highest concentration of wildlife (below Serengeti) during the dry season, Tarangire has incredible game viewing opportunities, with huge herds of elephants (up to 3 000 of them live in the park during peak months) and loads of lions.
Here, you’re sure to see plenty of impala, elephants, warthogs, waterbuck, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe. Look out for tiny dik diks in the underbrush and dwarf mongoose in abandoned termite mounds, and look up to see baboons, monkeys and, if you’re lucky, tree-climbing lions.
When the rains come (November), Tarangire empties out, as many of the animals migrate to the grazing grounds of the Rift Valley.
Birding in Tarangire
Not only is the game plentiful, but Tarangire is known as one of the top birding spots in Tanzania, with over 500 species.
Owing to its varied habitats, the range of species is just as diverse. Marshy areas provide breeding grounds for a wide array of water birds, including pelicans, storks and spoonbills. On drier land, Kori bustards, ostriches and noisy ground hornbills share their space with beautiful, brightly-coloured lovebirds, barbets and weavers. It’s a cacophony of bird calls and a birder’s delight.
By Road: Tarangire is an easy drive from Arusha on tarred road, until 7 km from the park. It’s just over 100 km (65 miles), which should take about two hours to drive.
By Air: Arusha is served by two airports. Arusha Airport has daily flights from numerous local destinations and Kilimanjaro International Airport has daily flights from local, African and international airlines. Charter flights to Tarangire can be booked.
Before you go to Tarangire National Park Things you should know before you go!
Malaria is a consideration in Tarangire National Park
Learn more about malaria areas and malaria prevention with our resource article.
Malaria Areas & Prevention