Lions drinking, giraffe, baby elephant with its mother, birds


Tarangire is located 75 miles/120km (about a 2hr drive) south-west of Arusha and is the fourth-largest park in Tanzania covering about 2,850 sq km (1,560 sq miles), and is second only to Ngorongoro Crater in its concentration of wildlife during the dry season (June-October).

Tarangire is beautifully unspoilt and you can enjoy wide views to distant purpled formations of volcanic mountain ranges. With the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania (including herds of over 300), prolific bird life, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, Tarangire is the classic Africa that history describes.

On a safari at Tarangire, you could see wildlife that include elephants, lesser and great kudu, buffalo, cheetah, fringe-eared oryx, leopard, lion, Masai giraffe, spotted hyena, common zebra, eastern white-bearded wildebeest, warthog, eland, olive baboon, bat-eared fox, impala, common waterbuck, bushbuck, coke's hartebeest and Bohor reedbuck.

Tarangire has the most breeding species of birds in one habitat than anywhere in the world with around 550 bird varieties. Some of the birds most commonly seen are ashy starling, yellow collared lovebird, rufous-tailed weaver, black collared lovebird, goliath heron, hamerkop, bateleur, helmeted guinea fowl, kori bustard, long-toed lapwing, brown parrot, white-bellied go-away-bird, Madagascar bee-eater, African hoopoe, and a variety of kingfishers, weavers, owls, doves, plovers, sand pipers, francolins and ducks.

During the rainy season, the animals scatter over a 20k sq km range until the green plains dry up and the river calls them home again. It can sometimes be rough-going on safari during the rainy season and some of the tracks are impassable so we recommend safaris over the dry season.

The best time to visit this park is July to October (the dry season) with the worst time being April to May (the rainy season). Tarangire is a very attractive park with rolling hills, mixed woodland and river valleys which is often missed out be travellers on the mainstream safari circuit so there are often low visitor numbers which is a genuine bonus.