Visiting Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is typically combined in an itinerary with Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park since they are all close enough to form the ”northern circuit’‘.

Baobab tree in Tarangire

Located at the bottom of the Rift Valley escarpment, it is one of Tanzania’s smaller and lesser-known park and covers an area of 2,850 square kilometres. With its sandy soil dotted by colossal termite mounds, massive baobab trees believed to live up to a thousand years old, and a golden savannah land, Tarangire is renowned for its vibrant African bush elephants population.

Lion resting on a branch

Despite the fact it’s not as huge as the other parks, Tarangire is rich in wildlife, and it boasts a year-round water supply where during the dry season, all the animals, from elephants to hoofed herbivores, cluster closer to the river. During a safari is common to spot Lions that climb the big trees to rest on the branches, and if you are lucky, also leopard, hyena and the rare wild dog. The park also hosts over 500 species of bird, including the big Maasai ostrich.

Lions hunting warthogs

Need to know about Tarangire National Park

We spent 1 day in this beautiful park before visiting Ngorongoro. From June to October, the dry season is the best time to visit Tanzania. This season offers a great opportunity to see plenty of animals next to the river and witness the predators in action.


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