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Tarangire National Park Safari

Tarangire National Park is mostly famous for its elephant migration, birding and authentic safari atmosphere. Tarangire National Park seems to be well-kept secret but rich of beautiful wildlife scenery and much attraction too.

The Tarangire National Park is a picturesque and diversely rich with african wildlife sanctuary located just southeast of Lake Manyara National Park on the Tarangire River, from which it derived its name.

With a small game drive area that is nearly 10 times the size of the nearby Lake Manyara National Park and a huge concentration of game that is exceptional from July through October when the Tarangire River provides the only permanent water in the area.

This small (2600 sq km) seasonal National Park is spectacular especially if you love elephants.


Tarangire National Park Location

Tarangire National Park location is 118km southwest of Arusha, covering 2,600 sq km (1,004 sq mile) park and easy drive from Arusha to just 118 km (71 miles) southwest and adjacent to Lake Manyara National Park.

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Tarangire National Park Animals

Tarangire National Park is among the Tanzania’s National Parks with the Largest Elephant Population. Tarangire National Park is also a home of endangered animals like the fringe-eared oryx with its graceful horns, the towering greater kudu, and the tiny Ashy Starling.

Tarangire National Park is also a home of many other wild animals like black rhino, dik-dik, giraffes, wildebeest, Thompson gazelles, zebra, hartebeests, lions, leopards and many other animals. During the dry season, herds of elephants can be seen digging in the apparently dry riverbed of the Tarangire River looking for underground streams. Even during the wet season when other animals are able to scatter out across the entirety park, the elephants remain a common sight and attractive to travellers.


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Tarangire National Park Attraction

Tarangire National Park game drive from July to October is exceptional with many other attractions.

  • Tarangire National Park Migration The Tarangire National Park forms part of a bigger wildlife ecosystem starting from Tarangire river.

    The animal migration starts from Tarangire River at the start of the short rainy season around October every year and animals spend the whole wet season away from the river.

    At the end of the wet season, the animals begin their migration back towards the river and spend the dry season July to October at Tarangire river as the only source of water to them.

  • Tarangire National Park is in the tributaries and swamps of the Tarangire River providing permanent water sources when surrounding shallow lakes dry up.

    Tarangire’s swamp network offers a vital water catchment and sanctuary for the park’s elephants, Cape buffalo, more than 500 species of bird. swamp lions, tree-climbing pythons, wild dogs, hump-backed wildebeest, kongoni with long ears and short horns reminiscent of a samurai headdress, hulking buffalo, buxom zebra, delicate gazelles, watchful eland, ostrich outriders, fringe-eared oryx, numbers of giraffe, lesser kudu, warthog, impala, waterbuck, dik dik, tree- climbing lion, cheetah, nocturnal ant-eating aardvark, pangolin that can roll itself into armored balls, lively mongoose, cuddly hyrax, plethora of brightly colored lizards, dueting red and yellow barbets.

  • Tarangire National Park Migration Bird watching is common to the people who love to watch birds with more than 500 species of bird in this destination. Tarangire National Park is a popular destination for bird’s watcher and truly a paradise for birdwatcher’s.

    Tarangire National Park woodlands are home of variety of birds like hoopoes, hornbills, brown parrots, white-bellied, helmeted guinea fowl, yellow necked spurfow, crested francolin, yellow-collared lovebirds, lilac breasted rollers, mousebirds, swifts, striped swallows, starlings, bee-eaters, hammerkops, plovers, Kori bustards, bateleur eagles, steppe eagles, gigantic lappet-faced vulture etc.

  • Tarangire National Park Baobab Trees makes the park more valuable. The baobab trees are particularly common in the Tarangire National Park and get its distinct shape from the truth that it can store between 300 and 1000 litres of water within its bloated trunk, able to live up to 600 years.

    The baobab trees are an important source of food for some of the animals of the Tarangire National Park with its seeds being edible and its bark being used by elephants to sharpen their tusks.

  • Tarangire National Park Kolo Rocks Art Site is located just outside the Tarangire National Park. The Kolo Rocks is a proposed World Heritage site displaying ancient rock art left behind by ancient hunter-gatherers, as well as the remains of prehistoric rock shelters.


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Tarangire National Park activities

Tarangire National Park main activities are:

  • Game drive

  • Walking outside the park

  • cultural visits to the villages learning more about Maasai community.



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Tarangire National Park Safari

Tarangire National Park dry months have the concentration of animals around the Tarangire River which brought a diversity of remarkable wildlife.

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Tarangire National Park Safari Costs

How much it cost for a Tarangire National Park Safari? Here are the truths about Tarangire National Park Safari Costs.

First and foremost, do not select your Travel Agency/Tour Operator based on price alone. Price should be only one factor of your overall decision. Remarkable adventure is not a thing to shop for a cheap "deal", nor is it a thing to overpay needlessly. What you are looking for is high quality and remarkable service at a reasonable price.

Many people look for a cheap Tarangire National Park Safari. However, “Sometimes low cost means not good”

But it is not good to assume high priced operators are better simply because they charge more. Ask yourself some important questions and get the answers.

  • Who knows the Tarangire National Park better? An international company operating across the world including Kilimanjaro climbs, safaris, Mediterranean cruises, European wine tasting tours, tropical getaways, bike rides through country sides, scuba diving trips, cultural city tours, etc or a local destination management company in the same country?

  • Do you want a game drive with a foreign guide who was flown in for a couple trips per year, or a local guide who has encountered and handled various situations, with hundreds of clients, during his many years of service?

  • Who can tell you better about the Tarangire National Park, the wildlife, the fauna, and the culture of the place?
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Best Time to Visit Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is best to visit during both the wet season when the animals are scattered and dry seasons when the animals concentrates to the Tarangire river swamps.

However, the best time to visit is July to October, when thousands of animal’s flows to the watering holes and thousands more make their long way to the permanent water of the river Tarangire. The first migrating animals start to arrive in the park during early June, and will remain in the park until November just before the start of the short rainy season when the migration moves back again.


Tarangire National Park Accommodation

Tarangire National Park accommodations are in two main types, lodges and camping sites. There are many lodges that surround the border of Tarangire National Park but Swala and Oliver's Camp are the top made choices of the travellers found inside the park,

However, there are several tented camps and luxury lodges available around Tarangire National Park area.

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