Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park of Tanzania. Besides featuring an incredible variety of wildlife, it has the highest population density of elephants in the whole of Tanzania. An absolute gem in your northern circuit safari!
Herds of elephants in Tarangire
Tarangire National Park is known for its large herds of elephants near the river, while migratory wildebeest, buffaloes, zebras and impalas crowd the shrinking lagoons. The protected area has a number of species that cannot be seen in the larger parks such as the oryx. You also may be lucky to spot the tree climbing python for which the park is famous.
This long and narrow park covers 2850 km² 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 tree climbing 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 the water to reach for the best shoots.
Largest flying bird
The marshes and swamps form a perfect breeding area for birds. Tarangire counts more than 550 bird species, including the steppe eagles, osprey, giant heron, white pelican, lilac-breasted roller and the largest flying bird, the Kori Bustard.
Combine Tarangire National Park with Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Park for the ultimate safari experience in Northern Tanzania! Also take a look at our selection of safari accommodations in Tarangire National Park!