Tarangire National Park
Tarangire lies 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha. It is the sixth largest of Tanzania’s parks, 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles) in size, so named from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. Tarangire National Park is hot and dry landscape of dusty red soil where during the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire from Manyara National park.
It offers breathtaking landscapes with a vegetation mix that is starkly different from the rest of the northern circuit safari destinations. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.
Wildlife and Attractions
The Tarangire river offers sanctuary to Elephant Herds who scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. The tree climbing lions, leopard enjoy abundant feasts from the lard herbivore heds.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. As such, visiting the park is great all year round, with the dry season (June – September) presenting the bumper harvest of game viewing.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. Ardent bird-lovers will love the abundant flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, the rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling.
Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7km (four miles) of the main entrance gate; can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Also accessible by charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti.
- Guided walking safaris
- Game drives
- Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages
Visits to ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.