Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is located in the Manyara Region, Northern Tanzania. It is 70 km away from Lake Manyara National Park and both are under the administration of Tanzania National Parks Authority.

The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park and is the primary source of the water for the wildlife during the dry seasons.

The landscape is also scenic and has rivers, river valleys, swamps and granitic ridges. It has great vegetation which consists of baobab trees, acacia woodland and grassland.

This park is not popular like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Area, but together they make a formidable part of Tanzania Safari. They are not far apart.

Since it is relatively unknown, it is less crowded and is truly for those who want to have a different wildlife safari experience than anyone else. Its popularity comes from its high density of elephants, baobab trees, and termite mounds.

Tarangire National Park also contributes to the Great Migration just like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Big heard of wildebeests flock to the park from the nearby wetlands and calving areas during the dry periods. This is between June and November.

Tarangire National Park Attractions

Why is this park popular? Here are the Tarangire National Park facts.

  • Its high density of Elephants &
  • Baobab trees
  • Termite Mounds-that dot the landscape which when abandoned form home to dwarf mongoose
  • Abundant birdlife-over 550 species of birds
  • Tree-climbing lions
  • Olduvai Gorge & Laetoli-the Cradle of Mankind
  • Lake Eyasi
  • Lake Natron

Tarangire National Park Map

Tarangire National Park Map
Tarangire National Park Map

Tarangire National Park Animals/Wildlife

The Tarangire National Park has a variety of wildlife which includes; the elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, giraffe, impala, gazelle, dik-dik, eland, olive baboon, monkey, lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, and African wild dog.

It has more than 550 species of birds which include; the ostrich, Kori bustard, hornbill, lovebird, weaver, and Ashy starling.

Thing to do in Tarangire National Park

  • Game viewing-day and night game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Hot-air balloon safaris
  • Fly Camping
  • Cultural Visits to the neighboring Maasai villages
  • Holding special events e.g. wedding

Tarangire National Park Climate & Weather


Annul Average temperature is 21°C ranging from 29°C- 13°C


Dry seasons are from August-October and from January-March.

Wet seasons are from April to early June (long rains) and from November-December (short rains). The peak of wet seasons is mostly May and June.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Tarangire National Park is during the dry period from June to October when game viewing is exceptional.

December to March is best you visit Serengeti National Park rather due to the high number of tsetse flies at Tarangire.

What to Carry/Wear Tarangire National Park

  • Insect repellent especially the Mosquito
  • Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scorching sun
  • Flashlight
  • Light and Warm clothes
  • Waterproof bag

How to get there

By Road-from Kampala to Tarangire National Park via Arusha

By Air-There are charted flights from Arusha and Serengeti

The best and the cheapest option are to fly to Nairobi through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and then join Kenya Safari to Tarangire National Park or take a shuttle to Arusha.

Tarangire National Park Entrance Fees/Charges

Charges are as follows:

Non-East African Citizens (USD): Adults 45 Child 15
East African Residents (USD): Adult 22.5 Child 7.5
East Africa Citizens (TSH): Adult 10,000 Child 2,000

NB: Entry is free for all children below 5 yrs.

Tarangire National Park Accommodation

Hotels and Lodges near Tarangire include:-

  • Swala
  • Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
  • Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Oliver’s Camp
  • Little Oliver’s Camp
  • Tarangire Treetops
  • Kichuguu Tented Camp
  • Tarangire Sopa

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