tarangire national park tanzania africa

Tarangire National Park

The landscape is verdant and around the Tarangire river there are extensive marshes and floodplains, but also many woods.
Thanks to the landscape that we can admire in this National Park, visitors will feel like pioneers who discovered the "true Africa".

It is known for climbing pythons and elephant herds.
Moreover, inside the park it is possible to observe about 550 different species of birds.
Especially during the dry season, the park is home to zebras, wildebeest, hartebeests, minor kudu, dik-dik, numerous species of gazelles, buffaloes, giraffes and felines, such as cheetahs and lions.

One of the most characteristic tree species is the umbrella acacia (Acacia tortilis).
It is the Tanzanian park with the highest concentration of baobabs.

Pecularities of Tarangire National Park:

  • is the second ecosystem in Tanzania for the amount of animal species that can be found in the park during the dry season;
  • herds of 300 elephants and antelopes swarm along the coasts of the Tarangire river;
  • is the national park with the largest number of elephants;
  • in addition to the most common animals it is possible to see: the fox with bat ears, the wildebeest and the East African oryx (or a subspecies of gazelle);
  • you can see majestic 1000 year old Baobabs;
  • among the 550 species of birds we can include: the African hoopoe, the juggling hawk, the brown parrot, the heron goliath, the guinea fowl, the hamerkop, the red-billed lapwing, the bee-eater of Madagascar, the inseparable masked and the green turaco;
  • moreover, it is possible to meet various species of ducks, francolin, kingfisher, owls, dove, weaving birds, charadriinae, eagles and snipes.

What to do

Bird watching, hot air balloon safaris, wildlife safaris, camping, luxury safaris, safari weddings.

Position

It covers an area of 2,600 km². It is located 118 km west of Arusha, on the road leading to Dodoma, southeast of Lake Manyara.
It takes its name from the Tarangire river, which flows through it.
It is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania and the sixth in the whole Africa.

Getting There

Located 118 km south-west of Arusha. It is easy to reach it from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a paved road up to 7 km from the main entrance gate; and which continues to the Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti.
There are charter flights from Arusha and Serengeti.

When to Go

The dry season runs from July to September and the temperatures are between 18 and 32°C.
The wet season, on the other hand, runs from mid-October to mid-May and the temperatures are between 21 and 27°C.
Rainfalls are usually 1,600 mm per year and the most abundant period is between November and April.
June and October are considered the best months to visit this national park.

Where to Stay

Two shelters, two luxurious tented camps within the park, another half dozen exclusive lodges and tented camps immediately outside its borders.
You can find several campsites in and around the park.

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