Almost 30002 km in size and is probably best known for its huge numbers of elephants and baobab trees. They’re native to the African continent and their look is something you wouldn’t want to miss.

The name of the park comes from the Tarangire River which crosses through the park. With its varied habitats and permanent water in the Tarangire River the park is home to over 2000 elephants and 500 bird species.

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Tarangire - The Elephants Sanctuary

Tarangire National Park, located in northern Tanzania, is named after the Tarangire River, the only source of water for wildlife in the region during the dry season . It is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania and is known for its large elephant population, birdlife, and abundance of baobab trees. The park is home to many wildlife species, including four of the big five (elephants, buffalos, lions, and leopards), primates, ostriches, flamingos, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, and more. Tarangire is also known as the land of the giants due to the presence of elephants and baobab trees. The park covers an area of 2,850 sq. km and is located 118 km southwest of Arusha.

Tarangire is a must-visit destination for a Tanzania safari, especially during the dry season when animals are forced to move closer to the river in search of water. The park is known for its abundant wildlife, diverse landscape, budget-friendliness, and easy accessibility.

Visitors can go on game drives to spot wildlife, with the dry season being the best time to see an amazing abundance of wildlife along the Tarangire River. The park is also a paradise for birders, with over 550 different bird species, including more breeding species than anywhere else on the planet.

Visitors can also experience the local culture of the Maasai, Datoga, and Barbaig people who live in the villages surrounding the park.

Tarangire National Park, located in the north of Tanzania, is a must-visit destination for any safari-goer. While the Serengeti is often touted as the top safari spot, there are several reasons why Tarangire deserves a spot on your itinerary. Here are some of the top reasons to visit Tarangire National Park.

Abundance of Wildlife:

Tarangire is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including herds of up to 300 elephants, migratory wildebeest, gazelles, impalas, kudus, buffaloes, and other smaller mammals. Mongoose colonies often reside in abandoned termite mounds, while the park boasts more breeding species of birds than anywhere else on earth, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. Although the park’s thick vegetation may conceal predators, they are still present, as in other northern Tanzanian parks.

Diverse Landscape:

Tarangire rivals the Serengeti when it comes to landscape diversity. The park has heavily wooded areas dotted with the iconic baobab trees and an abundance of abandoned termite mounds. There is also an open plain area known as the “Small Serengeti,” where cheetahs can be found hiding in the tall grass. Rolling hills offer breathtaking views of water sources where animals gather.

Budget and Accessibility:

Tarangire is one of the most affordable safari destinations and can be easily visited while traveling to or from the Serengeti and Ngorongoro areas. Visiting Tarangire can be tailored to your budget, schedule, and preferences, as the park is only a three-hour drive from the main tourist hub of Arusha. Tarangire can be explored as a day trip from Arusha or combined with nearby parks like Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Two days are sufficient to cover a significant portion of the park.

In conclusion, Tarangire National Park offers an unforgettable safari experience with abundant wildlife, diverse landscapes, and affordability. Don’t miss the opportunity to include Tarangire on your next safari itinerary.

if you’re planning a trip to Tarangire National Park, there are several activities you can engage in to make your experience memorable.

The park is home to a variety of animals, including the largest population of elephants across northern Tanzania, large predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas, as well as numerous bird species.

During the dry season (June to October), the Tarangire River is the only permanent source of water, so animals congregate there, making it an excellent time to visit.

The park is also surrounded by local villages, such as the Maasai, Datoga, and Barbaig, giving you a chance to experience their cultures.

Other activities you can engage in include walking safaris, balloon safaris, and night game drives.

The dry season is the best time to visit the park, but it is still possible to visit during the wet season.

You can get to the park by road or air, and there are many accommodation options available, from budget camping to luxurious tented camps.

Cheetah:  Apart from their super sonic speed, cheetahs in Tanzania have the second-largest population. Being carnivores, they love hunting down antelopes and with their spotted bodies, camouflage is not as difficult.

Giraffe:  In Tanzania, The Maasai giraffe is the popular and native one. You can spot these 17 feet tall creatures in most of Tanzania’s National Parks. It is also called The Kilimanjaro Giraffe and it is spotted by its irregular spots around its body.

Elephant:  Being the world’s largest animal. Elephants are peaceful when left alone and did you know that to smell and place food in their mouth, they use their trunks!





Zebra:  Tanzania has been blessed with the population of zebras since the 1960s. Every year, loads of zebras along with wildebeests starts their journey from Tanzania to Kenya and that is the Great Migration.

Lions: Tarangire National Park has large prides of lions that can be easily spotted. They live in prides because they’re social animals. Females hunt more than males though!

Wildebeest: During the dry season, large herds of wildebeest migrate to Tarangire in search of water and grazing opportunities. They travel from as far as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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