Tarangire national park is famous for large concentrations of elephants in the world also known as the “Elephants paradise”, spectacular scenic baobab trees, acacia woodlands, and several swamps and marshes. Tarangire national park has covered an area of 2850 square kilometers [about 1100 square miles] named after the Tarangire River the important source of water in the park which flows through the center of the park.
With the surreal, baobab trees dominating the landscape of Tarangire, the silhouetted trees provide breathtaking photographic opportunities. Regularly visited by Tarangire’s substantial elephant population, the baobab trees also play host to arguably the best birdlife diversity in Eastern Africa with some 500 different species have been recorded.
During the dry season especially July to October sheer volume of plains animals the herds of zebras, and wildebeests from across Maasai steppes being drawn to the permanent water source the Tarangire River which forms the spine of this park. This makes Tarangire national park the most significant dry season refuge for ungulates in the well – known Tarangire ecosystem. There are different vegetation zones ranging from acacia woodland and riverine grassland and rocky hilltops giving a true wild sensational.
Between them they support large numbers of wildlife including large herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeests, implas, giraffes, bufalloes , elands, kudus, waterbucks as well the predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs.
How to get there
It is about 2.5 hours [120km] drive from Arusha.
When to go: Year around except during the long rain season [April and May]. Due to the nature of soil and vegetation becomes difficult to enjoy game drive.
Experience Tarangire national park: We recommend 2 days in the park due to its size and diversity. This can be planned at the starts or towards the end of your northern circuit safari itinerary. It is also possible to arrange a day tour from Arusha. Contact our experts on how you can include Tarangire National Park in your itinerary.