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Tarangire National Park is a national park situated in the Manyara region of Tanzania. Its name originates from the Tarangire river that crosses the park. The river is the source of freshwaters to the wildlife in all seasons.

The area was considered a lion conservation unit since 2005, and it’s a home for over 550 bird species and is also known as the oldest elephant to give birth to twins. The wildlife concentrates around the river during the dry season. These animals include the honey badger, waterbuck, olive baboons, wildebeest, and zebras.

The park covers around 2850 square kilometres. This land comprises granite ridges, a river valleys and swamps. This is why animals concentrate in the park. The park also enhances wildlife research on the Masai giraffe and the African bush elephants.


1. Game Viewing

This is the most practiced activity in Tarangire national park, explore the park by embarking on the game drives and experience the adorable beauty of seeing large herds of elephants and other animals just along the way. These drives are mostly carried out in the morning and evening.

Animals include oryx, olive baboons, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, hippos, white rhinos, and so many others. Game viewing is more exciting during the months of July to November, tourists can capture wonderful memories of elephants muddy digging in search of drinking water.

2. Sightseeing

Capture memorable experiences from within the park, the natural beauty and spectacular views of the park including the Tarangire river, the acacias landscape that gives you a feeling of refreshment, the elephants playing in the muddy waters from the Tarangire river, the grounded mounds ground the park, these parks beauty makes visitors fall in love with nature just at one sight.

3. Nature Guided Walks

With the help of the guides, tourists move around the park’s attractions and experience the natural breeze atmosphere.

These guided nature walks are done in the morning and evening hours with an experienced guide wilderness while learning about the different tree species in the park as you just come along.

4. Cultural Visits

The park is situated near Masai steep, tourists who are interested in the cultural safaris can visit the Masai land where they learn about the way of life they live.

Its believed that the Masai people are nomadic pastoralists so travelers expect to learn more about the cultural norms and their unique way of dressing, feeding, constructing houses and how to make the handy crafts that you can even buy and take home as souvenirs and memorable experiences.

5. Bird Watching

Tarangire National Park has got the best viewing spots for bird watching at the shores of the Tarangire river, swamps, and the woodlands. 

Tarangire National Park is blessed with more than 500 bird species with different beautified colors and characters which include kori bustards, hornbill, guinea fowl, and many more others. 

When To Visit

Tarangire National Park can be visited at any time of the year but is mostly visited during the months of July to October before the animals migrate out of the park.

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Getting There

Book a flight from origin to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha airport and board a tourist vehicle for only two hours to Tarangire National Park.

Where To Stay

Tarangire national Park has so many accommodation places and they vary according to the budget of the guest.