Thanks to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River, the Tarangire National Park is a land of incredible wilderness and unbelievable game viewing - especially during the dry season. A staple feature in many Northern Circuit itineraries, the park is only around a 3-hour drive from Arusha and boasts the captivating scenery of classic Africa with acacia woodland and grass savannah.
With a Tarangire National Park safari discover nine incredible vegetation zones, ranging from Acacia parkland and riverine grassland to deep gully flora and rocky hilltops. Between them they support huge numbers of wildlife including large herds of zebra, impala, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and eland. There are great chances to see elephant too, with massive herds sometimes numbering up to 300, seen by lucky guests. Big cats are also a predominant feature of the park, with lion sightings particularly good, while cheetahs are lesser glimpsed, which makes a sighting all the more special.
Owning one of Tanzania's highest concentrations of wildlife outside of the Serengeti, Tarangire's dry season is not to be missed. Animals converge on the life giving waters of the river for prime game viewing opportunities while, during the rainy season, wildlife disperses further afield in search of water. Part of Tarangire's reputation is cemented on the phenomenal birding the park offers. Boasting around 500 recorded species, avian lovers will revel in spotting large raptors such as the fish eagle, water birds like yellow-billed stork and smaller species such as the red fronted barbet.
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