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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and special location. Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout.

Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and special location. Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout.

Before the rains, droves of gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers unparalleled game viewing, and during the dry season elephants abound. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south make a stop at Tarangire a memorable experience.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

80%
Lion

Lion

80%
Hyena

Hyena

50%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

100%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

15%

When to go

The park is open year round, but best experienced during the dry season

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The park is open year round, but best experienced during the dry season, from the month of late June to October. Wild animals congregate around the Tarangire River due to water scarcity in the park which makes spotting wild animals easier.

During the wet season, most animals migrate into other nearby parks and hence wildlife concentration diminishes.

Art & Culture

The land of the Tembo! Confused? That’s Swahili for elephants. One of the finest

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The land of the Tembo! Confused? That’s Swahili for elephants. One of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the country, Tarangire has a huge concentration of elephants in the country. No doubt, it’s an amazing destination for wildlife spotting but there’s still more to discover. On the outskirts of the park is the Kolo Rocks, a proposed heritage centre displaying rock paintings as a unique testimony to life, cosmological beliefs, and traditions of the ancient hunter-gatherers. If you have reached that far then don’t hesitate to meet one of the premier tribes of Tanzania who haven’t changed their life since the colonial times. Legendary for their woodcarving skills, their creations which depict natural and abstract life situations in stylised forms can be found in many museums are is much sought after by the tourists.

Culinary

The culinary flavours of Tarangire are rich in carbohydrates in keeping with the

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The culinary flavours of Tarangire are rich in carbohydrates in keeping with the food habits of the populace throughout the country. The national cuisines of ugali(a thick mash or corn and sorghum is a must try). In Makonde land, maize, sorghum, and cassava are the primary source of food. Most staples at fashioned around it. There is also the meat of beef, goat, sheep and chicken stews to feast on. Leafy greens, vegetable or meat-filled samosas to snack on. The many camps and lodges on the Tarangire serve hot bush lunches and other pan African fares and assorted drinks all add up for that fine “Out of Africa” experience

How to go

Tarangire is mainly visited along with Serengeti and Ngorongoro. For any safari.

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Tarangire is mainly visited along with Serengeti and Ngorongoro. For any safari park in northern circuit, Arusha is the starting point which is true for Tarangire as well. Tourists can reach this park either by vehicle or by airplane.

Roadways:

Tourists can follow the highway connecting Arusha to Tarangire which is 139 kms long.

Airways:

Nearest park is Kilimanjaro International Airport and charter flights are available into the Tarangire park. Shuttle bus or taxis are another option.

Activites

Tarangire National Park despite being less popular in comparison with other

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Tarangire National Park despite being less popular in comparison with other parks in northern circuit is well capable of entertaining the tourists coming into the park. Here are some of the activities offered in the park:

  • Regular Game drives
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Walking safari
  • Camping
  • Bird watching
  • Cultural trips

What to see?

Everything -- or most things -- that are there to see in Tarangire National Park.

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Everything -- or most things -- that are there to see in Tarangire National Park are along the banks of Tarangire River that runs through the park. Elephants are the dominant animals found in this park (about 300) followed by migratory wildebeests, zebras, kudus, hartebeests, tree-climbing lions, and rhinos. Over 550 birds are also recorded in Tarangire, most of which flock around the river.

The park also has a higher concentration of baobab tree which grow in open acacia. Tree climbing pythons can be seen around these trees.

The Uniqueness of Tarangire National Park

  • Tarangire National Park is named after the parks sole water source, the Tarangire River.
  • It is the only place in Tanzania where you can spot the gerenuk.
  • There are a large number of baobab trees within the park and if you're lucky you can spot the tree climbing lions and pythons.

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