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Tarangire National Park

Witness Huge Elephant Herds

Tarangire National Park is an ideal place to experience an authentic, classic safari. It is one of the lesser visited parks in the Northern Circuit, but it's one of Tanzania's more rewarding safari parks.

Large herds of elephants travel across the landscape, a magnificent sight, heading towards the river for water. Witnessing these massive herds is truly a spectacular experience, and you may even see hundreds of elephants in a single day.

There are plenty of lion and leopard in the park, which can be seen stalking near the river as it attracts a variety of game to its life-giving waters. You can even see the unusual sight of lions resting high up in the trees, trying to escape the heat of the day.

The park is teeming with herbivores including wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, warthog, hippopotamus, as well as an array of antelope such as waterbuck, reedbuck, kudu, eland, hartebeest, and even the unusual gerenuk. Other predators include hyena, jackal and, rarer wild dogs.

Tarangire is a great destination for birdwatchers, too, with over 550 species. Ostriches, eagles, weavers, nightjars, starlings, barbets, and much, much more can be spotted here.

The park is also the best place to see the odd-looking baobab, which looks like it's been planted upside-down.

Activities focus on game drives and spotting wildlife. Tarangire is the only national park in Tanzania where it's possible to do a night game drive, which is a completely different game drive experience and where you can see nocturnal creatures and those predators that hunt in the dark. Walking safaris and fly camping are also available.

The reserve was established in 1959 as a multiple land use area designated to promote the conservation of natural resources, safeguard the interests of indigenous residents and promote tourism.

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Tarangire Highlights

Massive elephant herds roaming the savannah
Lions perched amongst tree branches, high above the ground
High wildlife concentrations in the dry season
Distinctive baobab trees dotting the landscape

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Best Time to Visit

The park is accessible all year round, but the dry season from July to November is best for game viewing when they gather at the river's edge.
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June - October

  • Dry season with the best wildlife viewing in general.
  • Great concentration of wildlife around the perennial lakes and rivers.
  • High concentration of elephants.
  • Average daily maximum of 28° and average daily minimum of 15°C.

November - May

  • Wet season with good wildlife viewing.
  • April and May are low season and usually less crowded.
  • Perfect for bird watching with a huge variety of migratory birds present.
  • Average daily maximum of 30° and average daily minimum of 16°C.
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