Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is said to be the hidden gem of Tanzania. The name was derived from the Tarangire River that crosses the park, which is a primary source of fresh water for the animals residing in the region during the annual dry season. The Park was established in 1970 and covers an area of approximately 2,850km2(1,100 square miles.) which is composed of granitic ridges, river valleys, and swamps.

The Park is quite famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees and can be easy to reach, from Arusha, and it’s possible for a day trip safari from Arusha

The Elephants and the baobab trees are one of the unique attractions of the park. African Pythons are spotted on the baobab quite often the is home to iconic animals most spotted animals in the national park are African elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, various primates, ostriches, flamingos, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, buffaloes, wildebeests, pythons, hartebeests, elands, and impala.  The Park is claimed as the region that holds the largest elephant population in Tanzania. In the dry season herds, up to 300 elephants can be seen digging dry riverbeds. The Park is home to more than 550 species of birds, including the Stocking-thighed Ostrich; the world’s largest bird, the Kori Bustard; the heaviest flying bird in the world, and smaller groups of hornbills. The baobab trees, living up to 600 years, these venerable trees are spotted in Tarangire National Park.

Known as the Tree of Life, the baobab tree can store anywhere between 300 and 1000 litres of water within its bloated trunk.



Tarangire National Park offers many activities to the safari tourists.

  • Birding Safari
  • Wildlife Safari (Day and Night game Safari)
  • Natural Walking Safari and Treetop Walkway
  • Camping Safari
  • Sundowners, Bush Lunch and Dinner

Getting there


Most travellers visit the Tarangire National Park from Arusha town, Kilimanjaro airport, or as part of a bigger package, including a visit to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Manyara.

The best option to access all parks of the northern circuit is from Arusha, Moshi, and Dodoma and you get direct to Arusha is to flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated about 46km/29 mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) or Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Mwanza International Airport (JRO)

By road, you can drive by our safari vehicle.

By chartered or scheduled, small aircraft on chartered or scheduled flights, is to fly into Tarangire airstrip, and you will be picked up from the airstrip by our safari vehicle.



The national park offers a good range of safari lodges, tented camps, and campsites within the park itself as well as the areas surrounding it. There is a varied choice of accommodation in Tarangire inside and outside the park and nearby Mto wa Mbu and Karatu city from all levels of budget, Semi-luxury, and Luxury lodges and camps.


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