Tarangire National Park

A Breathtaking Elephant's Paradise

Witness the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Tarangire National Park is a prime attraction in the northern circuit of Tanzania and home to the giant baobab trees and different varieties of vegetation, with a high density of herbivores and predators.

Tarangire National Park is famous for large concentrations of elephants and is known as the 'elephants paradise'. It has spectacular scenic baobab trees, acacia woodlands and several swamps and marshes.

Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2,850 km2 and is named after the Tarangire River, an important source of water which flows through the centre of the park.

With the surreal baobab trees dominating the landscape of Tarangire, the silhouetted trees provide breathtaking photographic opportunities. The park plays host to arguably the best birdlife diversity in eastern Africa with some 500 different species having been recorded.

Baobab tree, Tanzania
Young elephants playing, Tanzania

During the dry season, July to October, the sheer volume of plains animals the herds of zebras,and wildebeests from across Maasai steppe 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 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, impalas, giraffes, bufalloes, elands, kudus, waterbucks as well the predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs.

Activities

In Tarangire National Park you can do:

  • Day and night game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Hot air ballooning

How to Get There

The park is 2.5 hour (120 km) drive from Arusha.

When to Go

All year around except during the long rainy season (April and May) when the nature of soil and vegetation make it difficult to enjoy game drives.

Experience Tarangire National Park

We recommend 2 days in the park due to its size and diversity. This can be planned at the start 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.

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