• An Elephant passing by a Safari truck in Tarangire Safari Park

Tarangire Safari Park

It is the vast number of baobabs that first capture the eye as you enter Tarangire National Park. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them.


It is 120 km from Arusha, bordered with Tarangire Wildlife conservation area to the northeast, an area set apart by the government, to cater for the needs of the local people as a grazing ground for their herds.


The park owes its name to Tarangire River, which flows across the area. It is characterized by dense vegetation of acacia and mixed woodland, the area around Tarangire River however, is dominated by huge baobab trees and old doum palm trees to a lesser prominence, as well as black cotton grass. Though it is not as famous as other parks in the north, Tarangire offers the same attractions as other parks in the north. Its unique aspect is the annual animal immigration that takes place during the dry season.

Animal Migration

While Serengeti’s animal migration has attained mundane fame, for many tourists, little is known of Tarangire annual migration. The difference with Serengeti however is that, in Serengeti animals migrate away from the park during the dry season (June to October), the opposite happens in Tarangire; animals migrate from Maasai Steppe to the park during the dry season. They migrate to the park in search for water, which is provided by Tarangire River, and predators migrate along in search for preys. During this period the park has the largest concentration of animals than in any park in the northern Tanzania.


June to October is the best time to see large number of wildebeest, elephants, zebras, and hartebeest. Not all animals are migratory though, other animals such as giraffes, impala, eland, lesser kudu, waterbuck, gazelle and sometimes rhinos or leopards can be seen throughout the year. More people are attracted by the giant pythons and large herds of elephants. Tarangire Safari Park is also a paradise for many bird lovers and famous for migrant birds. For here there are many species like eagles, parrots, pigeons, bustards and vultures. And the swamps in Tarangire National Park have offer an excellent breeding ground for different bird species.

Vulture sitting on an acacia tree in Tarangire National Park
A male elephant demonstrating his dominance

Tarangire Safari Park Map

Tarangire National Park Map

Travel Times Tarangire Safari Park

Tarangire -> Arusha city: ~2h drive
Tarangire -> Lake Manyara: ~1h drive
Tarangire -> Ngorongoro: ~2h drive
Tarangire -> Serengeti: ~5h drive

National Park Facts

Area: 2.850 km²

Travel: 120 km from Arusha

Established: 1970

Visitors: 162.000 / year

Official Homepage: https://www.tanzaniaparks.go.tz/

Animals to see

  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Zebras
  • Buffaloes
  • Wildebeest
  • Ostriches
  • Leopards
  • Lions
  • Cheetahs
  • Birds
  • Snakes
  • Monkeys

Optional activities

  • Visit of a Maasai Boma
  • Night game drive
  • Walking Safari
  • Air balloon Safari
  • Mountain bike tour

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