Day  after day of cloudless skies. The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire Rive has shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here, there is always water. Herds of up to 300 Elephants scratch the parched river bed for underground streams while migratory wildebeest, Zebra, Buffalo, Gazelle, Hartebeest, Eland and Oryx crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s a smorgasbord for Predators – the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem.


The rain scatter the seasonal visitors over a 20,000 square kilometre range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of Elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground you find Kori bustards, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking thighed ostrich, the world’s  largest bird; and ground hornbills that bluster like turkeys. Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its Lions and Leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage trees disguises the twitch of a tail.


Size 2600 sq km (about 1600 sq miles)
Location 118 kms southwest of Arusha Town.

Getting there

Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara; can continue on

to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. No Schedule

flights, but can arrange Charter flights from Arusha and the


Travelling Distance

Arusha Town to Tarangire National Park 130km

Tarangire to Namanga Boarder 235km

Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara 95km

Tarangire to Ngorongoro Crater 185km

Tarangire to Olduvai Gorge 245km

Tarangire to Ndutu 245km

Tarangire to Serengeti National Park 325km
Tarangire to Serengeti Western Corridor 380km

What To Do Guided walking safaris; day trip to the Barabaig tribe’s
ancient Kolo rock paintings, Game viewing, Best place
to see Elephants.

Best Time

Year round but dry season (June - Feb) for sheer numbers of Animals.

Sopa Lodge – 4 Star
Swala Luxury Tented Camp - 5 Star

Tarangire Tented Safari Camp -  4 Star

Luxury Mobile Tented Camp

Various Budget Camping sites.

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