Tarangire National Park reviews


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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... ...

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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 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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(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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Lion
Elephant
Zebra
Baboon
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 08, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2013.
Tarangire National Park is famous for the huge herds of elephants and baobab trees. There is a very big baobab at the main gate, you can take a nice memory photo there. The park is full of wildlife like zebra, warthog, ostrich, giraffe, wildebeests, aboobs, volture, eagles, jackal, hyena, lions, leopards, cheetah etc. etc. There are good chances you can see predato... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 01, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
I have been in Tarangire many times over the years, but any offer of going again I am very happy to take! The landscape is diverse, from the plains with the huge baobabs, to the riverbed with its palms, and the evergreen marshes! I never get enough of watching the elephants at the river. Actually it was Tarangire National Park which gave me my first taste of birdin... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 11, 2014   |   Visited: Mar 2014.
Tarangire is one of the parks we visited on our recent safari in Tanzania. This park is great if you wish to see loads of elephants. It is also less crowded than other parks. read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 10, 2014   |   Visited: Mar 2014.
Tarangire national park represents the defining savannah landscape of east Africa. Is a wilderness frontier for it lies on the border of one the last great wildlife refuges. In the dry season, it is also famous for its large population of elephants. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 06, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2013.
I liked this park due to its accessibility and large population. The park is less than four hours drive from Arusha town. It was August and literally dry and dusty. A friend had advised that the park's Tarangire river receives masses of animals from the neighboring parks during the dry season. This happened to be true and I was so happy about it. Watching the anima... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Feb 06, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2012.
I visited Tarangire in Dec 2012, in conjunction with Lake Manyara. I much preferred Tarangire. The baobabs were worth it alone and the skies were lovely as we were driving back to camp. No idea why the clouds seemed better here, but they did. The two things I was not keen on was the increased humidity (lower elevation and further east than Ngorongoro and Serengeti)... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 20, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2002.
We visited here, on our way back to Arusha, after visiting Serengeti and Ngorongoro. This park seemed more heavily wooded, without the broad plains we saw elsewhere.
I will always remember the baobab trees, in silhouette against the sky. This park was very very quiet, there were times I thought we were the only people there.
For what it's worth, we saw our only l... read more

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Leopard
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 15, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2013.
Tarangire is, by far, one of the best parks in Tanzania. It is an obvious choice if you love elephants. The key to visiting this park, like most of the parks in Tanzania, is timing. During the dry season large numbers of animals enter the park in search of water. The vast swamps provide a good source for them.

The scenery here is also quite unique. The roll... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Aug 28, 2013   |   Visited: Dec 2008.
Tarangire for me was a fun filled adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed. I mean I know I went when there were just a few animals but the prospects of seeing animals that were identified by names with our tour guide just that, made my trip worthwhile.
The grass was everywhere and it brought a smile to my lips but what took the adventure to its climax were the elephan... read more

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Lion
Elephant
Giraffe
Impala
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(1/5 stars) Written on: Apr 23, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 1993.
Here, the animals were not used to vehicles full of people coming to visit. Because of this, when we drove up all we saw were the back ends of animals running away! The land itself was beautiful, full of bush and the feeling of adventure - - there should be so much to see, we felt, as in Maasai Mara.. but they were inaccessible.


This was a huge disappointmen... read more

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Zebra
Impala
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 22, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2008.
Tarangire is my fourth-favorite park in Tanzania, after Serengeti Selous and Ngorongoro Crater, respectively. We spent three days here and I think that would be more than ample. I thoroughly enjoyed our day drives and seeing the baobabs and termite mounds. The skies here, for some reason, seem more dramatic than those of Lake Manyara or Ngorongoro, and I found I wa... read more

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Lion
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Apr 16, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2011.
I liked this park however the kamikaze tsetse flies made it tough for me to enjoy and take in everything this park had to offer. These flies are relentless, they will attack in swarms, bite through clothes; I almost swallowed a few. If you happen to be in an area favored by these flies get out of there.

I distinctly remember the large population of elephants and... 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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