Tarangire National Park Tanzania

Overview of Tarangire National Park Tanzania

Tanzania has emerged from comparative privacy to stand as one of Africa’s most dynamic and popular travel destinations a land whose staggering natural variety is complemented by the distinctive hospitality of the people who live there. Although Tanzania’s economy is one of the poorest in the world, it heavily depends on agriculture, which accounts for almost half of its GDP, it has more land (more than 25%) devoted to national parks and game reserves than any other wildlife destination in the world. Everything from unspoiled coral reefs to the Crater highlands, remote game reserves, and the famous national parks are protected by government law and placed in trust for future generations.

When is the Best Time to visit Tarangire National Park? June to October

Which Months have have the Highest Visitors? June to October

How big is Tarangire National Park? 2,850km² / 1,100mi²

What is the Altitude of Tarangire National Park? 985-1,528m / 3,232-5,013ft

Map of Tarangire National Park Tanzania

Tarangire National Park was established in 1970 and one of the impressive park in Northern Tanzania and situated in Manyara Region. The park’s name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas. The park covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The park’s landscape is self-possessed with granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps as well as the natural vegetation which is a mixture of Acacia woodland, Commiphora-Combretum woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and Baobab trees with huge swamp areas in the south.

The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor which presents an impressive view to the visitors. Both the river and the swamps act like a lure for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest African elephant herds in Africa and baobab trees. The baobab tree is probably the most impressive symbol of the African savannah because of its size and geographic dispersal as well as useful to humans and animals in the arid regions of Africa as many animals feed on its leaves, flowers, and fruits.

African people can make food, clothing, medicines and other useful products from it. Visitors to the park in the June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo as well as common resident animals including waterbuck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant’s gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Not forgetting the predators like African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal and honey badger.

It is intriguing to know that the different wild animals living inside Tarangire migrate in a cyclic pattern all year round because the soil within Tarangire lacks phosphorus and this therefore forces the different wild animals to move out of this protected wildlife sanctuary and cross the park borders to the nearby areas in search of pastures rich in phosphorous. Most of the surrounding land belongs to the Maasai pastoralist communities who for numerous years lived alongside with these big migrating animals. Even so, the rise in the overall human population forced them to slowly changeover to cultivation of crops hence the need of more farm land which in the long run put more pressure on the boundaries of the park.

Wildlife in Tarangire

The shrinking lagoons are gathered around by migratory wildebeest, eland, gazelle, impala, zebras, kudu, rhino, hartebeest buffalo and other smaller mammals. Also regularly spotted are the dry country antelope like the long necked gerenuk and fringe eared Oryx well giving you an ultimate experience while on a Tanzanian safari.

The big numbers of elephants, baobab trees (these grow in the open acacia) on top of tree climbing African pythons which give wonderful sightings to see make Tarangire a popular safari destination. The African elephant is the world’s prime and fullest land animal and they are truly spectacular to see in the wild. Huge herds prosper predominantly in Tarangire National Park and watching a herd play, splash, swim, and dunk in a watering hole is one of the favorite safari moment.

This park is known for its elephants.  You will see these enormous creatures travel in families and you surely will not miss the extraordinary care they take of their young.  The elephants tend to move in herds and in the same routes as they have taken yearly.  When they see your vehicle coming closer they will gather around their young to protect them and lead them on their way.  Here you will have the opportunity to simply sit and watch and present you with a well photo opportunity.

Lion in Tarangire National Park

Equally with an African safari, the lion is the most sought after animal of the Big Five to spot while on safari. They are the ruler of creatures, after all, and have no ordinary hunters, except man. Visitors should note that even the king of beasts has a hard life and because of it, wild lions only live to around 12 years of age. They occupy about 20 hours of every day just sleeping to preserve their energy and they have such little resilience that they need all their energy to hunt.

Also in this park is the Tarangire River.  This river winds through the middle of the park providing nourishment for the animals and great viewing for visitors. Daily large crowds of animals and birds gather around this Tarangire river so visitors will be sure not to omission anything.Read more

By road

Visitors can get to Tarangire National Park from Uganda via Kenya on a good surfaced road which covers a distance of 1,178km and takes about 19 hours and 19 minutes of course presenting them with various attractions like the source of the Nile, Athi river along the route in Kenya as well as the views of Nairobi National Park, Arusha National Park and Mount Meru Forest Reserve.

The calmest way is to drive from Arusha, where most of the safaris start from, after a surfaced road to the main entrance gate. Tarangire National Park is also easily accessible from Lake Manyara. The most common option to continue from here is to the Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. There are also charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti if your wallet allows it.

Fly to Tarangire

Flying into Kilimanjaro International AirPort (KIA) is the best option to get to Tarangire. This is located, 46 kilometers (29 Miles) from Arusha. Visitors can also fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) which is near Dar es Salaam and then arranging for a domestic flight at Arusha Airport (ARK).

If you want to get a relatively cheap flight, you can also opt to fly in Nairobi Kenya and then move on to continue with one of the buses between Arusha and Nairobi. visitors can easily get to Arusha by 4 pm if one uses a morning vehicle. Your tour operator will pick you up from the airport in most cases and also take care of any other transportation from there.

Charter flights

Charter flights can be arranged from Arusha then to Serengeti and then lastly to Tarangire. From Arusha to the entrance gate, be assured of a comfortable drive that will take you only 2hours, with which only 7kms of them are on a non-tarmac road.

The Park offers various accommodation facilities both inside and outside the boundaries of the park and it depends on the clients’ interests. Options include lodges and tented camps of variable categories, mainly from mid-range to luxury each providing unique offerings to African guests.

Tarangire Simba lodge is a small intimate lodge overlooking the shores of lake Burunge which is really a dream destination that would leave your memories for a long time. The lodge sits in the shade of an ancient baobab tree while sipping a sundowner and gives you an opportunity to watch elephants strip leaves from the bush as well as a herd of giraffes gracefully ambling past and colonies of pink flamingos feeding in the waters. The lodge has large dining room and outdoor dining deck with views over the plains, where delicious meals made from fresh local ingredients are served. The lodge has got a bar which provides visitors with a wonderful, revitalizing drink and you can just chill out and relax in the lounge. The ‘Tree Top’ viewing platform built in a stately acacia tree is a great place for wildlife watching and star gazing. The swimming pool gives you views of wildlife. There is free Wi-Fi in the common areas and every guest is assured of a warm welcome and a first rate service.

Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge is 5km southwest of the Tarangire gate, and it sits in the bush and is visited by lots of wildlife, especially elephants. The lodge has got 21 widely spaced tents that sit on elevated platforms under thatched roofs and have bizarre concrete animal-shaped bathtubs. Maasai village visits and night drives are available. Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge is located in Kwa Kuchinia offering a garden, free private parking space and features free Wi-Fi throughout. Women Project Shopping is 600 meters from the lodge. Some units feature a seating area and/or balcony and includes an outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and packed lunches are offered as well. The Waterhole (west) is 3.5 km from Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge and the nearest airport is Arusha Airport, 85 km from Roika Tarangire Tented.

Tarangire River Camp is overlooking a branch of the Tarangire River itself. Visitors looking for an authentic safari experience under traditional canvas showcasing spacious views and enriching culture, Tarangire River Camp is the perfect choice. Located between the Maasai Steppe and The Great Rift Valley, Tarangire features the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti.  While at the Tarangire river camp one can watch birds, relax and rejuvenate by the swimming pool. The 21 elegantly furnished safari tents are all equipped with inside bathrooms and private verandahs as well as the evenings the picturesque views can be enjoyed from the elevated restaurant, lounge and fireplace. Read more

Overview

Tarangire National Park was established in 1970 and one of the impressive park in Northern Tanzania and situated in Manyara Region. The park’s name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas. The park covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The park’s landscape is self-possessed with granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps as well as the natural vegetation which is a mixture of Acacia woodland, Commiphora-Combretum woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and Baobab trees with huge swamp areas in the south.

The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor which presents an impressive view to the visitors. Both the river and the swamps act like a lure for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest African elephant herds in Africa and baobab trees. The baobab tree is probably the most impressive symbol of the African savannah because of its size and geographic dispersal as well as useful to humans and animals in the arid regions of Africa as many animals feed on its leaves, flowers, and fruits.

African people can make food, clothing, medicines and other useful products from it. Visitors to the park in the June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo as well as common resident animals including waterbuck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant’s gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Not forgetting the predators like African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal and honey badger.

It is intriguing to know that the different wild animals living inside Tarangire migrate in a cyclic pattern all year round because the soil within Tarangire lacks phosphorus and this therefore forces the different wild animals to move out of this protected wildlife sanctuary and cross the park borders to the nearby areas in search of pastures rich in phosphorous. Most of the surrounding land belongs to the Maasai pastoralist communities who for numerous years lived alongside with these big migrating animals. Even so, the rise in the overall human population forced them to slowly changeover to cultivation of crops hence the need of more farm land which in the long run put more pressure on the boundaries of the park.

Activities

Wildlife in Tarangire

The shrinking lagoons are gathered around by migratory wildebeest, eland, gazelle, impala, zebras, kudu, rhino, hartebeest buffalo and other smaller mammals. Also regularly spotted are the dry country antelope like the long necked gerenuk and fringe eared Oryx well giving you an ultimate experience while on a Tanzanian safari.

The big numbers of elephants, baobab trees (these grow in the open acacia) on top of tree climbing African pythons which give wonderful sightings to see make Tarangire a popular safari destination. The African elephant is the world’s prime and fullest land animal and they are truly spectacular to see in the wild. Huge herds prosper predominantly in Tarangire National Park and watching a herd play, splash, swim, and dunk in a watering hole is one of the favorite safari moment.

This park is known for its elephants.  You will see these enormous creatures travel in families and you surely will not miss the extraordinary care they take of their young.  The elephants tend to move in herds and in the same routes as they have taken yearly.  When they see your vehicle coming closer they will gather around their young to protect them and lead them on their way.  Here you will have the opportunity to simply sit and watch and present you with a well photo opportunity.

Lion in Tarangire National Park

Equally with an African safari, the lion is the most sought after animal of the Big Five to spot while on safari. They are the ruler of creatures, after all, and have no ordinary hunters, except man. Visitors should note that even the king of beasts has a hard life and because of it, wild lions only live to around 12 years of age. They occupy about 20 hours of every day just sleeping to preserve their energy and they have such little resilience that they need all their energy to hunt.

Also in this park is the Tarangire River.  This river winds through the middle of the park providing nourishment for the animals and great viewing for visitors. Daily large crowds of animals and birds gather around this Tarangire river so visitors will be sure not to omission anything.Read more

Attractions
Getting There

By road

Visitors can get to Tarangire National Park from Uganda via Kenya on a good surfaced road which covers a distance of 1,178km and takes about 19 hours and 19 minutes of course presenting them with various attractions like the source of the Nile, Athi river along the route in Kenya as well as the views of Nairobi National Park, Arusha National Park and Mount Meru Forest Reserve.

The calmest way is to drive from Arusha, where most of the safaris start from, after a surfaced road to the main entrance gate. Tarangire National Park is also easily accessible from Lake Manyara. The most common option to continue from here is to the Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. There are also charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti if your wallet allows it.

Fly to Tarangire

Flying into Kilimanjaro International AirPort (KIA) is the best option to get to Tarangire. This is located, 46 kilometers (29 Miles) from Arusha. Visitors can also fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) which is near Dar es Salaam and then arranging for a domestic flight at Arusha Airport (ARK).

If you want to get a relatively cheap flight, you can also opt to fly in Nairobi Kenya and then move on to continue with one of the buses between Arusha and Nairobi. visitors can easily get to Arusha by 4 pm if one uses a morning vehicle. Your tour operator will pick you up from the airport in most cases and also take care of any other transportation from there.

Charter flights

Charter flights can be arranged from Arusha then to Serengeti and then lastly to Tarangire. From Arusha to the entrance gate, be assured of a comfortable drive that will take you only 2hours, with which only 7kms of them are on a non-tarmac road.

Accommodation

The Park offers various accommodation facilities both inside and outside the boundaries of the park and it depends on the clients’ interests. Options include lodges and tented camps of variable categories, mainly from mid-range to luxury each providing unique offerings to African guests.

Tarangire Simba lodge is a small intimate lodge overlooking the shores of lake Burunge which is really a dream destination that would leave your memories for a long time. The lodge sits in the shade of an ancient baobab tree while sipping a sundowner and gives you an opportunity to watch elephants strip leaves from the bush as well as a herd of giraffes gracefully ambling past and colonies of pink flamingos feeding in the waters. The lodge has large dining room and outdoor dining deck with views over the plains, where delicious meals made from fresh local ingredients are served. The lodge has got a bar which provides visitors with a wonderful, revitalizing drink and you can just chill out and relax in the lounge. The ‘Tree Top’ viewing platform built in a stately acacia tree is a great place for wildlife watching and star gazing. The swimming pool gives you views of wildlife. There is free Wi-Fi in the common areas and every guest is assured of a warm welcome and a first rate service.

Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge is 5km southwest of the Tarangire gate, and it sits in the bush and is visited by lots of wildlife, especially elephants. The lodge has got 21 widely spaced tents that sit on elevated platforms under thatched roofs and have bizarre concrete animal-shaped bathtubs. Maasai village visits and night drives are available. Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge is located in Kwa Kuchinia offering a garden, free private parking space and features free Wi-Fi throughout. Women Project Shopping is 600 meters from the lodge. Some units feature a seating area and/or balcony and includes an outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and packed lunches are offered as well. The Waterhole (west) is 3.5 km from Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge and the nearest airport is Arusha Airport, 85 km from Roika Tarangire Tented.

Tarangire River Camp is overlooking a branch of the Tarangire River itself. Visitors looking for an authentic safari experience under traditional canvas showcasing spacious views and enriching culture, Tarangire River Camp is the perfect choice. Located between the Maasai Steppe and The Great Rift Valley, Tarangire features the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti.  While at the Tarangire river camp one can watch birds, relax and rejuvenate by the swimming pool. The 21 elegantly furnished safari tents are all equipped with inside bathrooms and private verandahs as well as the evenings the picturesque views can be enjoyed from the elevated restaurant, lounge and fireplace. Read more

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