Tarangire National Park


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Check out the elephants at Tarangire National Park!

Written on: January 13, 2015   |   I visited in April 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 and its size and diversity of wildlife allows for seeing a lot of different kinds of animals at a close distance in a relatively short amount of time. In a half day you can see a lot of great animal life, though a full day would be ideal.

Tarangire National Park is known for having the largest elephant population in northern Tanzania. Currently, Tarangire has 3 major elephant populations with each population having around 1,000 elephants. The national park also has zebras, giraffes, wild dogs, hyenas, hippos, wildebeest, impalas, jackals, waterbucks, cheetahs, kudus, Grant gazelles, dik diks, lions, leopards, fringe eared oryx, and eland. It also has many giant baobab trees.

During the short rainy season (November-December), it is commonplace to see tree climbing lions. The Tarangire River attracts animal life. In the dry season (June -September), huge numbers of thirsty animals are attracted to and congregate around the banks of the river. Its southern part, Silale swamp, attracts animals that feed and drink during the dry season.

In addition to game viewing, you can also visit Maasai and Barabaig villages and have guided walking safaris in the area
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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.

The landscape is just as interesting as the animals,... read more
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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 18, 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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(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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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 30, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2011.
I really enjoyed my time in Tarangire. The trees and termite mounds made for great photo opps and the camps were excellent! We saw a great deal of elephants and lions. Only downer would be the tsetse flies. read more

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