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Tarangire National Park

Located 120km from Arusha, Tarangire is the sixth largest park in Tanzania. Tarangire National Park lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometres. The park gets its name from the river which threads its way through he length of the reserve.
Love birds feeding each other

Famous for its dense wildlife population, Tarangire is most spectacular during the dry season when thousands of animals migrate into the park from the surrounding dry Maasai steppe, to use the permanent water supply of the Tarangire River. You can see herds of elephants, numbering over a hundred. Tarangire is also renowned for its tree pythons, which are easily seen.

The famous and giant Baobab trees dot the park, their branches looking just like roots. Some of the Baobab trees are over 300 years old.


For much of the year temperatures remains between 70-80F (21-27C) but nights and early mornings get colder in the months of June, July and August. Dry Season: the dry months of June to September are the best times for game viewing as thousands of animals come to the Tarangire River. January and February is usually dry. Rainy Season: The short rains are in November and December and the long rains fall from March to May, with April and May being the height of the rainy season and best avoided as many camps are closed.

The animal population in the dry season rivals that of the Serengeti with wildebeest, zebra, eland, hartebeest, buffalo, gerenuk, fringe eared oryx and flocks of birds of many different species. Prime game viewing is between July through November.

A mother and baby giraffe

Tarangire National Park is one of the most underrated parks and you could spend a great deal of time exploring this park. Its usually a stop over day between the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater.

Impalas of Tarangire National Park

Tarangire Specialties

  • Thousands of animals congregate at the Tarangire River
  • 550 species of birds
  • Tree climbing pythons
  • Strategically placed quality safari lodges


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