Tarangire National Park
Location and Getting There
It takes about a 2 hours (74 miles) drive from Arusha to the national park on a well-paved road, or a 20 minutes flight from Arusha (ARK), or a 45 minute flight from Kilimanjaro (JRO).
1770 sq miles (2,850 Kms²)
Wildlife and Natural Highlights
Tarangire National Park is known for having the largest elephant population in northern Tanzania. Currently, Tarangire has 3 major elephant populations with each population having around 1,000 elephants. The national park also has zebras, giraffes, wild dogs, hyenas, hippos, wildebeest, impalas, jackals, waterbucks, cheetahs, kudus, Grant gazelles, dikdiks, lions, leopards, fringe eared oryx, and eland. View the Tarangire River, which attracts animal life and has many Baobab trees. During the short rainy season (November-December), it is commonplace to see tree-climbing lions.
Best Time to Visit Tarangire
Tarangire National Park is interesting in dry season from late June to October. During this time of the year, huge numbers of thirsty animals are attracted to and congregate around the banks of the Tarangire River. Its southern part, Silale swamp attracts animals that feed and drink during the dry season.
In addition to game viewing, visitors can visit Maasai and Barabaig villages and have guided walking safaris.