Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is a scenic part of Tanzania’s northern circuit. It’s known for sizeable elephant herds attracted by the Tarangire River which runs through the heart of the park, plus baobab trees and a good mix of other wildlife.

In Tarangire, we saw two cheetahs on a fallen tree, and elephants having a bath.

  • Tarangire landscape and baobab, Tanzania © AGMarks

    Tarangire landscape and baobab, Tanzania

  • Tarangire baobab tree in flower © AGMarks

    Tarangire baobab tree in flower

  • Zebras and wildebeest in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania © Aceshot1,Shutterstock

    Zebras and wildebeest in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania

  • Ostrich in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania © AGMarks

    Ostrich in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania

  • Impalas in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania © AGMarks

    Impalas in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania

  • Elephants in Tarangire National Park Tanzania © AGMarks

    Elephants in Tarangire National Park Tanzania

  • Elephants in Tarangire National Park Tanzania © AGMarks

    Elephants in Tarangire National Park Tanzania

  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park Tanzania © AGMarks

    Game drive in Tarangire National Park Tanzania

  • Tarangire Hill, Tarangire National Park Tanzania © AGMarks

    Tarangire Hill, Tarangire National Park Tanzania

  • Tarangire swamp, Tarangire National Park Tanzania © AGMarks

    Tarangire swamp, Tarangire National Park Tanzania

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During the dry season, Tarangire attracts wildlife from a wide area of northern Tanzania as they are drawn to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River.  For some visitors Tarangire is somewhere they pass through as they make their way to the more famous Serengeti, but we think it’s worth more than a cursory nod, particularly in the dry season when a two (or more) day stay wouldn’t be a bad idea.

With varied scenery of sweeping grasslands, giant baobabs, acacia forests and floodplains, the wildlife and birding is diverse. All the main predators can be found here, around 500 species of birds and let’s not forget the huge pythons.

  • Walking in Tarangire:  Walking within a national park is unusual, but it’s possible here while staying at Swala Camp and Oliver’s Camp. This is something you should do at least once on your safari if you can.
  • Unusual wildlife:  The long-necked gerenuk and the fringe-eared fox are two of the parks more unusual inhabitants
  • Elephants galore:  This is a superb destination for elephant lovers. They are present in the park in large numbers. Herds of up to 300 individuals are not unusual.
  • Culture:  There may be the opportunity to accompany your guide to one of the nearby villages. Grab it with both hands and spend some time with the local people. It’s humbling, fulfilling and educational to learn first-hand how people live in what, to us, are harsh conditions.
  • Tree climbing lions: A lion up a tree is a rare and unusual sight but it does happen. Keep your eyes peeled. Not all the action happens on the ground!
  • Sundowners:  Every day on safari should end with a sundowner in a beautiful spot wherever in the park that might be. It’s safari tradition.
  • Accessibility: Tarangire National Park is around a two-hour drive from Arusha which makes It accessible for those short of time.
  • When to go:  Take a look at our guide to the best times to visit Tanzania. 
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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire landscape and baobab, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park is on Tanzania’s northern circuit. It’s known particularly for sizeable elephant herds drawn by the Tarangire River.

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