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Tarangire National Park Safaris

Fantastic elephant herds

Visiting Tarangire National Park

This lovely park is well worth a visit and one of our personal favourites in the north. The game viewing area is around ten times the size of nearby Manyara National Park with a concentration of game that is exceptional during the dry season from July through to October. This is the park for elephants and a lesser known little gem despite it being just slightly off the well-trodden main safari route between Arusha & the Serengeti. It is a vast park with most guests who visit just popping in for a half day drive leaving huge chunks of the park untouched. It is worth at least a day inside the park as you won’t be disappointed.

Tarangire is most well-known for its elephant migration and huge concentrations of animals in the peak months of July to October. The atmosphere and habitats are completely different from other parks with fabulous baobab (known also as the upside-down tree as when not in leaf the branches look like roots sticking up into the air) tree forests. Tarangire is surprisingly large, giving visitors the quietest game viewing environment of all the parks in the region, particularly in the less visited south of the park.

Wildlife of the Tarangire National Park

As in many parks during the dry season, wildlife congregates around the rivers and lakes of this park. As well as the swamps, there is also activity at the Tarangire river which attracts a fantastic variety of wildlife. 
Tarangire national park is a seasonal due to the unusual localised migration pattern that is followed by the majority of game that resides in and around the park making it fantastic at the right time. 
Tarangire’s huge elephant herds will usually appear during peak months as there are more than 3,000 in the park. There are also healthy numbers of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, eland, leopard and cheetah as well as a superb variety of birds.

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Serengeti migration and the famous parks of Tanzania

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  • Four of Tanzania’s most famous parks
  • Best wildlife Africa has to offer
  • Award-winning Bush Rover migration camp
  • Safari in open Land Rovers
  • Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, Tarangire

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  • Serengeti National Park
  • NgoroNgoro Crater
  • Lake Victoria and Manyara
  • Tarangire
  • Zanzibar beaches 

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  • Safari in 5 very different parks
  • Indulge in a safari teeming with the best wildlife Africa has to offer
  • Stay in small and intimate lodges
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  • Off-the beaten track

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  • Discover Lake Victoria
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  • Ngorongoro crater
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Best time to visit Tarangire


How to get to Tarangire National Park?

There are two main ways to get to Tarangire National Park: by road or by air. Most visitors fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and then take a road trip to the park, which is about a 3-hour drive.  Alternatively, you can fly from Arusha to a smaller airstrip inside the park.

What are the entry fees for Tarangire National Park?

Entry fees vary depending on your age and residency status.  For non-resident adults (over 16 years old), the fee is currently US$53 per person per day. Children aged 5-15 years old pay a discounted fee of US$17.70, and children under 5 enter for free.  Fees can be paid by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or with a prepaid TANAPA card.

What is the best time to visit Tarangire National Park?

The best time to visit Tarangire National Park is during the dry season, from June to October. During this time, the Tarangire River is the only permanent source of water in the area, and large herds of animals gather around the river to drink.  This is the time of year for the best wildlife viewing, especially elephants. However, the park can be visited year-round.  During the wet season (November to May), there are fewer animals, but the landscape is lush and green, and there are far fewer crowds.  This is also the best time for birdwatching.

What are the things to do in Tarangire National Park?

The most popular activity in Tarangire National Park is a full-day game drive.  You will be driven around the park in a 4x4 vehicle by an experienced guide who will help you spot wildlife.  Other activities include night game drives (offered by some lodges), hot air balloon safaris, and bush walks.

Where to stay near Tarangire National Park?

There are a variety of lodges, tented camps, and public campsites located near Tarangire National Park.  The best option for you will depend on your budget and preferences.