Tarangire National Park is the fifth largest national park of Tanzania, located about 120 km southwest of Arusha. It features the largest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania that remains in the park throughout the year. The perfect spot for a private safari day tour.
Herds of elephants
It is known for its large herds of elephants near the river, while migratory wildebeest, buffaloes, zebras and impalas crowd the shrinking lagoons.Tarangire National Park has a number of species that cannot be seen in the larger parks, such as the grant gazelle, giraffe gazelle, African elk and oryx. You also may be lucky to spot the tree-climbing python for which the park is famous.
This long and narrow park covers 2850km² and runs mainly along the Tarangire River, after which the park is named. The river provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area.During the dry months, the concentration of animals around the (always-present) Tarangire River is almost as diverse and reliable as in the Ngorongoro Crater.
The landscape and vegetation of the park is incredibly diverse, the enormous baobabs and acacias in the hilly areas are interspersed with large swamps, where you can spot lions and leopards. A beautiful location in the Tarangire National Park is the Silale-swamp. Fed by natural springs it is an oasis of lush green grass all year round. Many of the animals you see here are covered with mud because they are standing to their waists in water to reach for the best shoots.
Largest flying bird
Around the marshes, you could also be confronted with a particular feature of this park: lions climbing in trees. It is assumed that lions started to do this to escape from the flies.These swamps have the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Tarangire counts more than 550 bird species, including the steppe and osprey, marabou, giant heron, white pelican, geese, ibises and the largest flying bird (the Kori Bustard).
Note! You can take a daytrip to Tarangire or book a private safari to Tarangire and other famous wildlife parks in Tanzania, or the beach of Zanzibar. View our private safari & tours.