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 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.
Our favourite itineraries, showcasing the best of Tarangire National Park
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Set in Burunge Wildlife Management Area's 20,000 hectares, Chem Chem Lodge lies between the wildlife rich Tarangire National Park and stunning Lake Manyara.
A seasonal tented camp with a fantastic position on the banks of the Tarangire River, stay in comfortable tents and enjoy fantastic game viewing from this traditional camp.
An Out of Africa-style vintage camp set in a private concession connecting the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.
A luxury lodge located on the eastern boundary of the Tarangire National Park.
A wonderful choice for exploring the Tarangire National Park, Sanctuary Swala Camp is tucked away behind acacia trees. The nearby waterhole provides excellent elephant and lion sightings.
Set within a stunning 25,000 hectare concession, this charming camp overlooks a branch of the Tarangire River. Tents are raised on wooden platforms for captivating views from private verandas.
Situated on the shores of Lake Manyara, Tarangire Maramboi Tented Camp offers fantastic game viewing set on the migratory corridor of the Tarangire and Manyara ecosystem.
Stay in this comfortable bushcamp to explore the Silale and Lormakau marshes. Expect strong game viewing, particularly during the dry season.
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