Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania with 2,600 sq. km (1,005 sq. miles), after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi and Katavi. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. Along the banks of this river you will find herds of Wildebeest and Zebra, followed by Grant’s Gazelle, Thomson’s Gazelle and many others. Creep around in the background lion and leopard keep a watchful eye on a possible meal. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara.
Wildlife in Tarangire
The park is famous for its huge number of Elephants, Baobab trees and tree climbing lions and Pythons. The park offers views of grass and floodplains with impressive baobab and flat topped acacia trees scattered throughout. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident Zebras and Wildebeests in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include Waterbuck, Giraffe, and Olive Baboons. Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season.
Why Visit Tarangire National Park
- Essentially all animals of the East African Plain can be seen here.
- Large herd of Elephants
- Some species of large mammal seen here like include beisa Oryx
- Spectacular natural beauty – savanna landscape, majestic baobabs, river valleys
- Easy to rich
What to do:
- Game drive safaris
- Guided Walking safaris
- Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.
- Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara
- Scheduled and Charter flights
Best Time to Visit
- Year round but dry season (June – September) for sheer numbers of animals.