Tarangire National Park

from $191 /person

Location and How to Reach There

Tarangire National Park is located in northern Tanzania, approximately 118 kilometers (73 miles) southwest of Arusha. The park can be reached by road from Arusha, which is the gateway city to many of Tanzania’s northern safari destinations. The journey takes about 2-3 hours by car. Alternatively, you can fly into the nearest airstrip, Kuro Airstrip, and then arrange for a transfer to the park.

Fun Facts

  • Named after the Tarangire River, which flows through the park, providing a vital water source for wildlife.
  • Home to the largest concentration of elephants in Tanzania during the dry season, as they gather around the Tarangire River.
  • The park is known for its iconic baobab trees, which dot the landscape and provide stunning scenery for visitors.

Tourist Attractions

  1. Wildlife Viewing: Tarangire is renowned for its diverse wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, and various antelope species.
  2. Birdwatching: With over 500 bird species recorded, including the endemic yellow-collared lovebird, Tarangire is a paradise for bird enthusiasts.
  3. Scenic Landscapes: The park’s varied terrain, from grassy savannahs to dense woodlands, offers picturesque vistas for visitors to enjoy.
  4. Cultural Encounters: Nearby Maasai communities offer cultural experiences, including visits to villages and traditional dances.

Best Time to Visit

The dry season, from June to October, is considered the best time to visit Tarangire National Park for wildlife viewing. During this period, animals congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot. However, the park is accessible year-round, with each season offering its own unique experiences.


  • Budget: Options include campsites within the park and budget lodges in nearby towns like Mto wa Mbu.
  • Mid-Range: There are several mid-range lodges and tented camps within the park boundaries, offering comfortable accommodation at affordable prices.
  • Luxury: For those seeking luxury, upscale lodges and tented camps provide premium amenities and personalized service, often with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.


  1. Do I need a guide to visit Tarangire National Park? While it’s not mandatory, hiring a guide enhances the safari experience by providing insights into the park’s wildlife and ecosystem.

  2. Are self-drive safaris allowed in the park? Yes, self-drive safaris are permitted in Tarangire National Park, but it’s recommended to have prior experience driving in African wilderness areas.

  3. What should I pack for a safari in Tarangire? Essential items include lightweight clothing, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, a camera, and sturdy walking shoes. Don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during your safari drives.

  4. Are there any health risks in the park? Malaria is prevalent in the region, so it’s important to take necessary precautions, such as taking antimalarial medication and using insect repellent.

  5. Can I book safari tours in advance? Yes, it’s advisable to book safari tours and accommodations in advance, especially during the peak season, to ensure availability and secure the best rates.

Tarangire National Park promises an unforgettable safari experience, combining thrilling wildlife encounters with breathtaking landscapes. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned safari enthusiast, this park offers something magical for everyone.