Tarangire National Park is located in northern Tanzania. The park is notably wonderful for its famous diversification of wild animals especially the elephants. The park is also one of the supreme birding destinations in East Africa. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park and covers an area of about 2850 km2.

Tarangire National Park can be reached by road with a distance of about 121 KM through tarmac road from Arusha City or by flight air from Kilimanjaro International Airport (about 46km to Arusha) or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar –Es- Salaam to Kuro Airstrip located inside the park.

The park has remarkable attraction with large groups of elephants, spectacular natural beauty of savanna landscapes and wonderful Baobabs. The park inhabits over 550 different species.

The Best time of your safaris at Tarangire National Park

The best time to go on safari in Tarangire National Park is towards the end of the dry season (September to November) when animals from peripheral parts of the parks come and concentrate their large numbers near the Tarangire River as the only permanent water sources in the area.

The park is blessed to have two rainy seasons, the short rains which start from November to December and the long rains which occur from mid-March to May end.  As GVTS experienced little visitors in months mentioned because majorities are worried about rainy seasons, this can be a great time to visit the park in order to enjoy vast scattered animals across all parts of the park caused by abundant shelters and plenty of water as a result of heavy rains.

During the rainy season, there is dramatic skies and fabulous sunsets which are uncommon. Rainy showers are usually heavy but short. This situation allows out movements to see animals humoring on the blush of fertile grasses. Lions are common throughout Taranguire, as are leopards, while cheetahs seem to favour the move to open areas of the south.

The uniqueness of Tarangire National Park 

The uniqueness of Tarangire National Park is drowned from it being an excellent reserve for elephant viewing and the host of the famous Baobab trees. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly deserved with a mix that is not found anywhere in the northern safari circuit.

Activities in the Park

Tarangire National Park has different activities that can be done once you have arrived in the Park. These activities include Day Game drive, Night Game Drive, Walking Safari, Filming and Photographing, Bush-meal, Hot air balloon safari, Bird watching as well as Picnicking.

Walking Safari

This gives you a more learning experience about animals within the bushland and a better way of spotting animals within the bushland and a better way of spotting animals at a close range. It is mostly done in the morning and evenings and brings about a different scope and sense of adventure. It also conveys a different dimension in the whole safari experience

Day game drive

This is an adventure that entails viewing wildlife while in a car. Tarangire offers tourist an opportunity to explore the large herds of elephants alongside animals like giraffe, Oryx, starling, greater kudu, gazelle, heartbeats, wildebeest, zebra, lions, leopards and tree climbing pythons.

 Night game

Going with a blanket sitting in an open vehicle under an African sky with the pretty stars will be your moment to remember. The wild bushes are completely a different world at night. Make sure you don’t miss a night drive in Tarangire during your safari in Tanzania.

Balloon safari

Balloon air flight in Tarangire will give you a different experience. Gliding across Tarangire river on your tour as the sunrise stains the plains pink, the golden grassland dotted with giant baobab trees, the silver ribbons of the rivers and animals congregate in their hundreds in the early morning; all these make you be park of the natural world.

Bird watching

Tarangire is a great bird watching site with more than 500 species recorded. Bird lovers should keep an eye open for flocks of dazzlingly colorful yellow –collared lovebirds and the somewhat drabber Rudous –tailed weaver and Ashy starling

Bush meal

Visitors can enjoy taking their meals at the middle of the bush after a short or long day game drive


Filming and Photographing


Tarangire is well supplied with public, private, permanent and seasonal camps. There are also permanent lodges both located within and outside the park. There is also a well-furnished rest house and student hostel.