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tarangire national park

river blessed
Area: 2,600 sq. km

Tarangire National Park is in northern Tanzania, 115 km from Arusha Town.

As it lies along the Arusha-Dodoma road, it is quite accessible by car.

Located slightly off the main safari route, Tarangire National Park is a lovely quiet park in Northern Tanzania that is most famous for its elephant migration, birding and quiet authentic safari atmosphere.

The majority of travellers to the region either miss out Tarangire altogether or venture into the park for a matter of hours leaving parts of Tarangire virtually untouched.

With a game viewing area that is roughly ten times the size of nearby Manyara and a concentration of game that is exceptional from July through to October, this seasonal Tanzania safari park is a little gem on the Northern safari circuit, especially if you love elephants!

Tarangire is the surprise package on the Northern circuit.

Often overshadowed by the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire has immense concentrations of game in the peak months and a fraction of the visitors that go to any of the other Northern parks.

Tarangire National park takes its name from the Tarangire River, which crosses it lengthwise, giving support to a large wildlife population during the dry season.


From my own personal experience Tarangire National Park was a wild adventure.

Entered it with my kids and friends, at 6pm, the time theywere closing the gate.

Made the mistake of game viewing as wildlife was plentiful as we entered and soon by passed our turning across the river and found ourselves to far south into the park.

Had to double back, got dark, started raining and got totally lost, mobile phone signals down and the rest were willing to camp it rough, not myself being driver and guide and a car full of teenies, taking care of that responsibility was not in my plans.

Finally got through to our camp who sent out a rescue team as I followed new road plans, a broken bridge had really thrown us of, finally after having to stop several times in the dark waiting for herds of elephants cross the road or even move out of the road so we could make our hot meal and safari camp, rescue team also turned up, all ended very well driving through the mud and wet vegetation sliding all over, this was around Easter time, better avoid the wet season in Tarangire National park.

Next day is was dry again and we saw plenty of wildlife, lions just walking down to roads.

During this season, between June and October, thousands of animals including wildebeests, zebras, elands, elephants, buffaloes, hartebeests and more migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the Tarangire River.

The game viewing here from July through to October is superb and the atmosphere and habitat is completely different from the other parks.
Tarangire National Park Tanzania Tarangire is surprisingly large giving visitors the quietest game viewing environment of all the parks in the region.

The South of Tarangire, is especially quiet, and lodges such as Swala and Olivers Camp are the perfect place to explore this remote area, and to really get away from any other travellers.

Overall, a superb little park that offers great value compared to its neighbours and a seriously good option for getting away from it all.

Not surprising, lions and other predators find the place attractive.

Tarangire, a picturesque park dotted with baobab and acacia trees and looks most spectacular during the dry season when many migratory species come to the Tarangire River that flows across the length of the park.

The permanent water supply of the Tarangire National Park means that during the summer, the animal population here rivals that of the Serengeti with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo, gerenuk, fringe eared oryx and flocks of birds of many different species.

Prime game viewing months are between September and December.

Named after the shallow but vital river that flows through it, Tarangire River, this park draws vast populations of game during the dry season.

Tarangire National Park is distinguished by ancient Baobab trees as they claw at the sky with their root-like branches, a sight that is breathtaking and uniquely African.

Enjoy 3-5 star luxury accommodations with all the trappings whilst relaxing in Africa.

Facilities available include en-suite bathrooms, swimming pools (in most of the lodges, but restricted to certain camps), lounge, bar, laundry and services.

Tarangire: What Game
During the dry months the concentration of animals around the Tarangire river is almost as diverse and reliable as in the Ngorongoro Crater.

 However, the ecosystem here is balanced by a localised migration pattern that is followed by the majority of game that resides in and around the park.

As a result, Tarangire is a park which is superb in season but questionable out of its good months.

Elephants are the main attraction with up to 3,000 in the park during the peak season months.

Peak season also sees good numbers of wildebeest and zebra as well as giraffe, buffalo, Thompson's gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, eland, leopard and cheetah.

The real prizes in the park are dwarf mongoose, oryx and generuk but viewings are very rare.

Tarangire is one of Tanzania's finest birding destinations.

Tarangire: Activities
The main activity in Tarangire is daytime game driving, however, staying outside the park makes walking and night safari a possibility.

There are no boat safaris on the rivers here but Olivers Camp offers adventurous fly camping trips and very good walking safari. Both Olivers Camp and Swala have recently started night safari within the park itself.

Ask us for more information as the regulations here seem to change every year!

Tarangire: When to go
The game viewing from July though to October is exceptional but for the remainder of the year the majority of game migrates out of the park, onto the floor of the Rift Valley and to the grazing grounds of the Masai steppe.

As a result, we would advise visitors not to expect high concentrations of game in the off season months, but would still recommend travelling here to those who want to avoid the crowds.

Tarangire: Where to stay
There are many lodges that surround the border of Tarangire but we have always believed that staying in the park itself is the right choice. Swala and Olivers Camp are the top end choices in the park, with Olivers offering very good value for money considering the quality of accommodation on offer.

Tarangire Treetops is located outside the park but due to all the rooms being raised into ancient baobab trees, this is without any doubt one of Tanzania's most unique properties.

Recommended lodges in this area:

Camps and Lodges in the Tarangire National Park

olivers camp tarangire
tarangire safari lodge
tarangire sopa lodge
swala tarangire
tamarind lodge
Tree Tops