Tarangire National Park
Known for the great migration of Elephants
Tarangire National park is popularly known as the place where the great elephant migration happens in all the safari parks of Africa.
The park lies in the safari route of Serengeti National Park, Lake Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro conservancy.
Its located in the northern circuit of Tanzania that offers the best safaris on a Tanzania safari.
The park derives its name from the Tarangire River which runs through the park and provides drinking areas for wildlife throughout the year.
This attracts massive herds of animals which makes it the best place to view large mammals like elephants and buffaloes.
The park lies between the Masai Steppe and the Great Rift valley and covers an area of 2850 square kilometres.
It’s a dominant stopover for all safaris to Ngorongoro and Serengeti with uncontrolled game allowed to move around freely throughout the year.
How to get/ Reach Tarangire National Park
You reach Tarangire N.P through Arusha town and it takes approximately 2 hours and below is the different transportation ways;
This is the most common type of transportation to the park and it will take you approximately 2 hours from Arusha town or Tarangire N.P as you get to do more sightseeing.
The roads are in good condition but as you get closer to the Game Reserve, the roads are Marram and you may experience the African Massage.
We recommend you use a 4×4 Vehicle and this ranges from Us dollars $200-$350 per day minus drivers’ allowance.
The air transportation is scheduled or chartered from either Serengeti or Arusha and below are the companies that operated the Lake Tarangire N.P route;
- Coastal Aviation flies to Tarangire National Park
- Air Tanzania flies to Kilimanjaro
- Zan Air flies to Arusha
- Precision Air flies to Arusha and Kilimanjaro
It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to reach the Tarangire N.P National Park.
You should be ready for the different stops as other passengers will be dropped off since the park is strategically located on the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara highway
Best Time to Visit Tarangire National Park
The time of visit varies depending on the season that’s wet or dry.
However, be rest assured that you can visit any time of the year but the difference will be in the volume of wildlife seen.
We recommend you visit during the dry and when the rain is less for better game viewing that is Mid May to Mid-October.
The rainy seasons with huge rainfalls happen from January to March. However, due to global warming, there has been a change in the rainfall patterns therefore this can change year after year.
What to see or Attractions in Tarangire National Park
Tarangire N.P is endowed with thousands of elephants and buffaloes making it the best place to view them.
The greener plains in Tarangire attract thousands of Wildebeests that migrate to the park whenever faced with a dry spell.
Examples of other wildlife to see in thousands are blue wildebeest, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, impala, hartebeest and kudu.
Also, predators visit the area regularly to drink from the river Tarangire and hunt like crocodiles, lions, cheetah, hyena, wildcats and wild dog
On top of that is a variety of other wildlife like, Leopards and Buffaloes. Other animals like giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, different types of monkeys and so much more.
Tarangire N.P is an amazing bird watching site with 500 recorded bird species.
The park also boasts several types of dryer country birds like the Vulturine guineafowl and northern pied babbler.
Other unique birds to this area are the yellow collared love bird and dabber rufous tailed weaver.
Examples of bird species like Tawny Eagle, Red & Yellow Barbet, Red Bellied Parrot, Ashy Starling, African Grey Flycatcher, Ostrich, Pink Breasted Lark, Northern White Crowned Shrike, Great White Pelican and Donaldson Smith’s Nightjar.
The river is a drinking area for all the animals in the park throughout the year.
The river side is associated with a number of swamps and green plains that attract many wildlife habitats.
This has attracted thousands of wildebeests and other wildlife species surrounding the park during the dry spell in nearby parks like Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire N.P.
Activities or Things to do in Tarangire National Park
The game drives are divided into two is days and night drives. They start early in the morning at 06:00 am and afternoon session at 1:00 pm as well as the night game drives in search for nocturnal at 6:30 pm- 11 pm with the view of the sunset.
They are conducted in open rooftop vehicles of 4×4 and open-sided vehicles to enable you to take great pictures during your safari.
You will see animals ranging from African hunting Dogs, Spotted Hyenas, Bat Eared Fox, large herds of antelopes, Zebras, Thompson’s giant gazelles and the rare tree-climbing lions.
Other animals like bush babies, civets, Aardvarks, leopards, dik-diks, bat-eared fox, scrub hare, jackals and mongoose.
Night game drives are always booked in advance since you should be assigned a ranger and you will be required to pay an extra fee which ranges from $50- $100 for a trip.
During the night game drives, be rest assured to sights of White-Tailed Mongoose, Lions, Hippos Gazing, Greater & Senegal Galago, Common Genet, Civet, Crested Porcupine, Birds Like Owls, Nightjars and Dikkops
Tarangire N.P is known for its beautiful ecosystem that attracts a variety of bird species.
The park offers huge numbers of birds with over 500 species that are sighted along with the forests as well as riverine areas of the park.
The park also boosts several types of dryer country birds like the Vulturine guineafowl and northern pied babbler.
The best months for bird watching is during November to July although you can see them thorough tout the year
Tarangire N.P offers you a chance to move out of your vehicle and stretch your legs for either a short or long walk during your safari.
These walks are conducted by the park rangers either inside or outside the park during daytime.
The walks inside the park will aim at tracking and getting closer to animals as your guide takes you through the different animal behaviours.
The walk outside the park will include the community cultural experience like Maasai walking tours with your guide where you get to visit the Masai warrior’s way of life.
Balloon Safari in Tarangire N.P
The hot air balloon safari in Tarangire offers you great views of the park high above like a bird is the most thrilling adventure of a lifetime.
The balloon safari starts early in the morning at 06:30 to 09:30 am and it’s a one-hour ride with bush breakfast offered during the activity.
A balloon safari is $588 United States dollars and allows a minimum age of 7 years and a maximum of 75 years.
Taking off of the hot air balloon feels like an aeroplane so you will feel a little Jedi/.
Where to stay in Tarangire National Park
There are a number of places to stay while on your Tarangire National Park trip which ranges from Budget, Midrange to Luxury accommodation.
Budget accommodation ranges from $30-$150, Midrange from $200- $250 and Luxury from $300-$1000.
- Elewana Tarangire Tree Tops
- Ecoscience Center &Luxury Lodge
- Angata Tarangire
- Kichuguu Camp
- Acacia Tarangire Luxury
- Baobab Tented Camp
- Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge
- Tarangire Simba Lodge
- Boundary Hill Lodge
- Asmorein Hotel
- Africa Safari Camping
For your planning purposes, you can visit the park for a 2 days or multiple days depending on your budget.
We recommend that you combine this tour with other classical places in Tanzania like Serengeti N.P, Ngorongoro Conservancy, Lake Manyara and Ruaha National Park.
Furthermore, cross border safaris can be added in Kenya like Amboseli for the big five, Lake Nakuru for the Flamingoes, Masai Mara and Tsavo for the lions.
These combinations will just add a slice to your safari as you touch each of the EastAfrican countries.
And not forgetting man’s closest relatives in Uganda the gorillas and chimpanzees
In conclusion, Tarangire National Park will never disappoint when you add it to your safari while in Tanzania.
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