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Tarangire National Park

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Lion on the Hunt in Tarangire National ParkTarangire lies to the south of the large open grass plains of southern Maasai land and is well-kept secret on the northern safari circuit. It offers wonderful panoramas of wide savannah grasslands dotted with open acacia woodland studded with large Baobab trees. The density of game is second only to the crowded Ngorongoro Crater.

This is a year-round park with distinct seasons offering experiences, from dusty, dry and baking with animals clustered around the rapidly reducing river, to the fecund green season full of new-born animals and chattering birds. The only months to avoid are during the heavy rainfalls of April and May.

Tarangire is a dry season refuge for many migratory animals (elephants, wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, eland and buffalo), that spend many months of the year outside the park on traditional grazing corridors linking Tarangire with other protected areas.

It is hoped that the farms, settlements and mines that are in the path of this annual migration, can find a solution in community based land use that will safeguard the survival of these historic traversing routes.

The Wildlife & Birds

Lion Close up in Tarangire National ParkElephants can be seen in herds of up to 600 at a time, along with masses o wildebeest, zebra, eland, hartebeest, buffalo and oryx, who, migrate from the dry Maasai steppe to the gleaming Tarangire River in search of water during the dry season.

The river may reduce in size, but always provides some water for these animals who gather numbers along its banks. Predators, never go hungry here.

Although uncommonly seen, pythons have taken to climbing trees in Tarangire, but as with all snakes they avoid contact with humans.

November to February is the time of plenty with succulent green shoots appearing just in time for the newborn wildebeest and zebra. By March everything is lush and wild flowers and butterflies are out in force.

Birdlife in Tarangire National ParkBirds are at their busiest and more than 550 species have been recorded.

Some of the Serengeti’s largest buffalo herds are to be found in the pristine woodlands to the north and elephants abound in this area too.

For excellent year round game viewing the Seronera valley in the center of the park has abundant grazing and considerable numbers of animals including giraffes, warthogs, reedbucks and many other species that sustain resident leopards and large prides of lions.

In the south is the saline Lake Ndutu which attracts throngs of flamingoes and in the west the Grumeti River contains some of the largest Nile crocodiles you will ever see.


Baby Elephant in Tarangire National ParkFor much of the year temperatures remains between 70-800F (21-270C) but nights and early mornings get colder in the months of June, July and August.

Dry Season: the dry months of June to September are the best times for game viewing as thousands of animals come to the Tarangire River. January and February is usually dry.

Rainy Season: The short rains are in November and December and the long rains fall from March to May, with April and May being eh height of the rainy season and best avoided as many camps are closed.

Tarangire Attractions

  • Thousands of wildlife congregate at the Tarangire River.
  • 550 species of birds
  • Tree climbing pythons.

Tarangire National Park Accommodation

Tarangire Sopa Lodge | Tarangire treetops Lodge | Swala Camp | Nomad Tarangire Camp | Olivers Camp |


Feedback From Clients

Colman and Chris Handy

I just wanted to say thanks and congratulate you on a trip very well organized. It all went without a hitch and it's great to see Africa is as good as ever. The only place I probably won't visit again is the Chobe Safari Lodge. I think the standards have dropped there even since I was there in 2000. I can't believe how much Kasane has grown - I was last there in 2004 and almost didn't recognize it. The Marina Lodge looks very posh. Also, the Victoria Falls Hotel is looking fantastic after its refurbished. Such a wonderful hotel. Thanks again and we are already saving for our return trip to Africa!

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