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Tarangire National Park

The Paradise of Elephants

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is known for its majestic Baobab trees. These can grow to an enormous size and have a unique shape.

The park is impressively splendid for its famous concentration of wild animals especially the elephants You can see herds of up to 300 elephants around the Tarangire River, and it is also one of the finest birding destinations in East Africa.

The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River which crosses the park and covers an area of 2850 km 2.

Info About Tarangire National Park

  • Area: 2,850 km2 /1,100 sq. Mi
  • Established: 1960
  • Distance: 106km/65mi from Arusha
  • Location: Arusha, Tanzania


Tarangire has a bimodal rainfall with short rains starting from November to December, long rains from March to May, and a dry season from June to October and January to February.

The park is located at an altitude between 900m and 1250meters with annual average rainfall ranging from 650 to 700mm.

Getting there

The Park can be accessed by road or air


The Park has remarkable attractions with large groups of Elephants, the spectacular natural beauty of the savanna landscape, and magnificent majestic Baobabs. Over 550 different bird species have been recorded in the park, of which several are threatened or endemic.


Tarangire is noted as a safari destination for its large concentration of wildlife population. Animals like elephants, eland, giraffes, lions, buffalo, cheetah, leopards, and zebra are easily spotted when you are in a four-wheel drive.


Enjoy spotting a large batch of colorful and exclusive bird species. Over 500 different species are housed in swamps that are spread all over Tarangire. This makes an area an amazing destination for bird lovers. One wouldn’t miss seeing breeding species of birds found in Tarangire more than anywhere else on the planet.

Baobab Trees

They can live up to 300 years and can grow trunks reaching more than 100feet in circumference. They have spent quite some time on the planet and seen a lot of history. So, if only they could talk, they would surely be interesting storytellers!

Tarangire River

The Tarangire River is the only source of water for thousands of animals in the dry season thus offering a fantastic game driving experience.

Termite Mounds

The mounds built of mud from underground and held together by termite saliva are always seen and they provide observation points for animals. It’s also home to dwarf mangooses when abandoned


Tarangire National Park has different activities that can be done once you have arrived at the Park. These activities include Day Game drive, Night Game Drive, Walking Safari, Filming and Photographing, Bush-meal, Hot air balloon safari, and Birdwatching.

Walking Safari

This gives you a more learning experience about animals within the bushland and a better way of spotting animals within the bushland and a better way of spotting animals at a close range. It is mostly done in the morning and evening and brings about a different scope and sense of adventure. It also conveys a different dimension to the whole safari experience

Night game drives

Going with a blanket and sitting in an open vehicle under an African sky with the pretty stars is a moment to remember. The bush is completely a different world at night.

Balloon safari

Balloon air flight in Tarangire will give you a different experience. Gliding across the Tarangire river on your tour as the sunrise stains the plains pink, the golden grassland dotted with giant baobab trees, the silver ribbons of the rivers and animals congregate in their hundreds in the early morning; all these make you be part of the natural world.

Bird watching

Tarangire is a great bird-watching site with more than 500 species recorded. Bird lovers should keep an eye open for flocks of dazzlingly colorful yellow–collared lovebirds and the somewhat drabber Rufous-tailed weaver and Ashy starling