Tarangire is one of the most seasonal parks in northern Tanzania with a lot of migratory movement within the greater Tarangire ecosystem. The park’s dominant feature is the Tarangire River.
Although it gets very dry, the park is relatively thickly vegetated with acacia shrubs and mixed woodland. Most memorable of which are the huge baobab trees dotted around in big numbers.
Although Tarangire is one of only four parks on Tanzania’s sometimes frenetic ‘northern circuit’, it is often either missed out, or given less than 24 hours, by the many relatively cursory mini-bus tours. This means that few get beyond the park’s busy northern section, where the majority of camps and lodges is situated.
Tarangire is located about 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.
Size: 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles).
- The main activity in Tarangire is daytime game driving, however, staying outside the park makes walking and night safari a possibility.
- Guided walking safaris.
- Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road
When to go
Year round but more appropriate during dry season June to September.
Remaining months the majority of game migrates out of the park. As a result, we would advise visitors not to expect high concentrations of game in the off season months, but would still recommend travelling here to those who want to avoid the crowds.
- Game drives around the park
- Walking safaris or air balloons for a better view of the park
- Local community cultural visit
- Watching a large number of birds around the park