Tarangire National Park Budget Travel

Tarangire National Park - home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania, outside of the Serengeti Ecosystem.

The unspoilt grasslands, floodplains, and woodlands of this beautiful game park provide sanctuary to diverse wild animals and an abundance of birds.

Tarangire Park is Famous for its:

  • Abundance of elephants - herds of up to 300 elephants
  • Tree climbing lions, leopards and pythons
  • Huge number of baobab trees and termite mounds dotting its hills
  • Highest number of breeding bird species in any habitat on earth

Wildlife in Tarangire Park

Tarangire hosts a good variety of predators in sizeable populations. Frequent predator sightings in Tarangire include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. Cheetahs are sometimes sighted in the southern region of the park and wild dogs have been seen on rare occasions. 

Elephants are common and can be sighted year-round. There are about 2500 elephants in the larger Tarangire ecosystem of 20 000 km². The game park is home to lots of zebras and wildebeest, as well as plenty of giraffes, buffalos, waterbucks, elands and impalas. A variety of other antelope species are also found in the park, including greater and lesser kudu, Thompson's gazelle, hartebeest and reedbuck. The park is the only place in Tanzania where unusual gerenuk with its long neck and fringe-eared oryx, are regularly spotted.

Dwarf mongoose and red-and-yellow barbet are often seen inhabiting old termite mounds.

Tarangire's Birdlife

The swamp areas of Tarangire remain relatively green throughout the year, attracting over 550 bird species. These swamps host what is considered to be the largest number of breeding bird species worldwide. Common sightings include yellow-collared lovebirds found in the riverine vegetation along the Tarangire River. Rufous-tailed weavers and ashy starlings are also endemic to this part of Tanzania. In the drier areas kori bustards, ostriches and ground hornbills are often sighted.

Quick Facts about Tarangire

  • Tarangire is named after the river of the same name, which runs through the national park.
  • The Tarangire River is the sole water source in the dry season, attracting thousands of wild animals that migrate from nearby Lake Manyara Park.
  • Tarangire covers about 2 850 km² (1 100 square miles) of wilderness in northern Tanzania.
  • The national park incorporates a unique and diverse range of flora and landscapes.

Where is Tarangire National Park?

Tarangire National Park is located in the Manyara Region of northern Tanzania, in East Africa. It takes about two hours (120km) to drive to Tarangire Park from Arusha, near Mount Kilimanjaro. The national park forms part of the Northern Tanzanian Safari Circuit - the best-loved game viewing area in this wildlife-rich African country.

Tarangire lies southeast of Lake Manyara National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Park further northwest. Together these top game parks are known as Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit, located close to Kenya's southern border. Of the game parks on the Northern Circuit, Tarangire is the most uncrowded, especially the southern part of the park.

Best Time to Visit Tarangire Park

The dry season, from June to October. Game congregates along the Tarangire River and in its swamps in search of food and water. The dense bush of the game park also thins out in the dry season, making for better game viewing.

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