Tarangire National Park elephants

Tarangire National Park is 121 km from Arusha; Tanzania’s gateway to safaris. Tarangire’s huge herds of elephants rival the park’s gigantic, squat baobab trees as its most celebrated feature. With the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania; you’ll find ancient matriarchs, feisty young bulls, and of course; the tiny, stumbling calves that are ever-present to fascinate visitors with their grace, intelligence, and majesty.

Tarangire National Park’s sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, certainly makes it a beautiful and special location; fall in love with real Africa at Tarangire; a popular stop for safaris traveling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. We recommend at least a 2-night stop to really appreciate the magic here.

During Tarangire’s dry season; day after day of cloudless skies seems to suck all moisture from the landscape; turning the waving grasses to platinum blonde, as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River is a mere shadow of itself, just a trickle of water choked with wildlife; thirsty antelope and elephant have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers to Tarangire’s permanent water source.

Herds of elephants; three hundred strong; dig in the damp earth of the riverbed in search of underground springs; while wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, and gazelle mingle with rare species such as eland and oryx around each shrinking lagoon. Python climb into the shade of the trees that line Tarangire’s massive southern swamps, and just hang there; like giant malignant fruit; coils neatly arranged over the branches in a perfect sphere.

Tarangire National Park pelicans
Tarangire National Park pelicans – Chem Chem Lodge

Birding in Tarangire

Over 550 different bird species have been recorded; of which several are threatened or endemic. Bird lovers should keep an eye open for flocks of dazzlingly colorful Yellow-collared Lovebirds.

Activities include day and night safari game drives, Walking Safari, Birdwatching, and also Hot air balloon safaris.

Best time to visit Tarangire National Park

The best time to visit Tarangire for a safari is the dry season, from June to October when the greatest concentration of wildlife; outside the Serengeti ecosystem is found.