Tarangire National Park is known for its elephant population and spectacular huge baobabs tree. The parks name is derived from the Tarangire River, the parks only source of permanent water. In the dry season this river is the lifeline, attracting much of the game. Herds up to 300 elephant scratch the dry river bed for underground streams during the dry season, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and Eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife. The density of game is second only to the crowded Ngorongoro Crater. This is a year-round park with distinct seasons offering different experiences, from dusty, dry and baking with animals clustered around the rapidly reducing river, to the fecund green season full of new-born animals and chattering birds.
The Tarangire Park is also synonymous with two of the rarer game species. Huge herds of elephant, Zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, rhino and lion are frequently seen, the greater kudu and the Fringe-eared Oryx. In addition, leopard and tree-climbing pythons often inhabit the trees. Due to the low volume of traffic in the park, the game is wild, being unaccustomed to vehicles, this offers a truly unique original safari experience.
Tarangire National park has over 500 species recoded birds in the Park. The migratory Eurasian birds are present from October to April.
There are several activities to engage in while in Tarangire National park, they include Wildlife viewing, Culture tour to the nearby villages, bird watching in the park and outside the park, walking excursions on the conservation area, and visiting Historical rock arts site of Koro Rocks in Irangi.
The ‘best’ time to visit Tarangire is towards the end of the dry season when animals from the surrounding ecosystems come together in larger numbers. The dry season runs from around mid June to mid October and is the recommended time of year to visit for those wishing to see the big animals.
Getting to Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is located in the north of Tanzania, 125 km southwest from Arusha.
Driving distance from the Arusha airport is approximately 2 hours, whereas from the Kilimanjaro International Airport it is about 165 km away a three hour journey. The best way to enjoy the Tanzania scenes is by driving to the park.
There also an option of flying to the Park to by use of charter flights from Arusha, Kilimanjaro International Airport or other National Park and Reserves within Tanzania. There are also schedules flights to the park.
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