Tarangire National Park


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Baobab in Tarangire National Park
Baobab in Tarangire National Park
About Tarangire National Park
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Parks total area:
2850 km² (1100 mi² )
Year established:
1970
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • Excellent destination for viewing elephants.
  • Great photo opportunities here for those looking for scenic landscapes.
  • The months of July through February are recommended as the best ones to visit.
  • Its close proximity to Lake Manyara National Park mean visitors can easily see two parks in only a few days.

Located about 120 km (75 miles) west of the town of Arusha, Tarangire National Park is a great safari destination for those with limited time. Its proximity to Lake Manyara National Park also means visitors can visit two national parks in Tanzania in short period of time. 

Tarangire is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania, and can easily be covered in two days. It is eponymously named by the river that runs through it, providing valuable water to resident animals during the dry season. While the park does not offer all of the big five, it is especially famous for its large number of elephants. It is estimated that nearly 4000 elephants can be found here, so any safari will surely involve ample sightings of these large mammals.  In addition to elephants and lions, several other large animals can be seen here such as giraffe, leopard, buffalo, hyenas, wildebeest and zebra. In fact, four of the big five are found in Tarangire, with only the rhino being absent. 

The magnificent scenery is also a huge draw to Tarangire. In addition to the stoic, thorny acacias, one can find the mighty baobab tree here.  The tree bears nutritious fruits that are high in Vitamin C and in calcium, and which are very popular with the animals.  Another striking feature of the Tarangire landscape is the termite mound, which is found in abundance here. Some reach great heights and they can be mistaken for small trees from far away. It is also not uncommon to see a cheetah perched atop an abandoned termite mound, as they make for an excellent vantage point for spotting prey. 

When to visit Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is recommended year-round, with possibly only the heavy rainy season putting a ‘damper’ on things as the foliage is very dense and the watering holes are aplenty. The heavy rain season runs from the end of March through mid-May. Conversely, the peak of the dry season, around September and October, is when game viewing is at its best, as the animals are forced to gather at the remaining water sources. Another benefit to visiting Tarangire during the drier months is you will encounter fewer Tsetse flies. Anyone who has been bitten by one of these annoying, relentless insects will know that they can be very trying on the patience, particularly when one is trying to photograph an animal. The most annoying thing about the Tsetse fly, after its sharp bite, is the fact that it is a diurnal animal – it is active during the daylight hours. Tsetse flies tend to be drawn towards darker colors, such as dark blues and violets, so wearing lighter-colored clothing will help. There will also be fewer mosquitos when visiting during the dry season.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 12, 2016   |   Visited: Aug 2016.
Yes there are plenty of other animals in Tarangire but the display put on by the elephants was incredible - having dirt baths, the matriarch guarding the large group as they crossed the roads, making sure we weren't a problem, watching babies suckle, watching them scratch themselves on the trees, ripping the bark off trees, young males fighting and babies trying to... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 05, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2015.
Tarangire is a great park, especially in the dry season. The animals congregate around the available watering holes, particularly the elephants. The baobabs make for a stunning backdrop. Lions are also often seen and the termite mounds make for a great vantage point for cheetahs.
In the rainier months, mosquitoes can be problematic. This park also has tsetse flies... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 18, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
2013 was my first safari. I arrived at Kilimanjaro airport where my guide from Simba Safaris Ltd was waiting fro me. After a night in Moivaro lodge the safari started. For me, everything was new and I asked my guide many things on what I can expect.
On our way to the park, I hear what all is possible and what to do during the trip. Just 100 m in Tarangire N.P. I... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Oct 22, 2015   |   Visited: Oct 2015.
Tarangire National Park has tales one can't ever forget. This spectacular savanna environment host the largest terrestrial animal "the elephants" (Loxodonta Africana) and dotted with monumental baobabs like no other national park on the Northern Circuit of Tanzania. Recently I had an opportunity to stay at Tarangire Safari Lodge inside the Park of Tarangire. This L... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 12, 2015   |   Visited: Aug 2015.
Tarangire National Park is, by far, my favorite park of all that we visited on our August safari.

I found the park to be filled with a diverse selection of wildlife. While the park is known for its elephants, the number of other animals is quite impressive. I particularly enjoyed the leopards and cheetah.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 31, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Tarangire National Park is the current home of the elephants in Eastern Africa region.
You cannot even count and say you saw 200 herd of them while walking down to the river or eating, they are so many.
One thing that I witness in this park is the tsetse flies you must take care of this as they are very strong, best thing is to put a jacket and make sure the driv... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 19, 2015   |   Visited: Jan 2014.
It’s the national park which herds of up to 300 elephants scrape the waterless river bed for alternative streams, while nomadic wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland mass the decrease lagoons

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 02, 2015   |   Visited: Jan 2015.
The dream scenario from the movie Out of Africa comes to mind when you sit overlooking the beautiful landscape of Tarangire National Park. Baobab trees and elephant are the main sightings in Tarangire.
It is common to see large family groups of elephants in the park and game-viewing in Tarangire is usually very good, with plenty of giraffe, warthog, waterbuck, im... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 13, 2015   |   Visited: Apr 2013.
Tarangire NP is about a 3 hour drive from Arusha Tz, the " 'Gateway' to the Serengeti," on a well-paved road. It is a 20 minute flight from Arusha (ARK), or a 45 minute flight from Kilimanjaro (JRO). The park is about the size of Rhode Island.

Tarangire is one of my favorite national parks in the Serengeti area because it is generally not crowded with visitors a... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 31, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
If you are going for a day trip, it is better that you go there very early so that you can have enough time to enjoy the park, and if you are going for overnight you can arrange for guided walk as well as a night game drive.

Animals act differently in different times, it is very good to at least have a 12 hours experience of the park. You can arrive there at aro... read more
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Safari suitability: 7 / 10
While it does have four of the big five, the park’s small size and abundance of Tsetse flies bring it down a few points.
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