Tarangire National Park - Landscape with Baobab Tree and Lion

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is Tanzania sixth largest park and it has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. The name of the park derives from its river which in dry season provides the only existing water source. Tarangire is a magnificent park with giant baobab trees and it is well-known for its large elephant population.

Main Facts:

  • Located in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania
  • Flight Connection in/out to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Established in 1970
  • Size of 2850 km²

Main Habitats:

  • Acacia Bush-land
  • Riverine Bush-land


  • Dry: June to October
  • Wet: November to May


  • Game Drives
  • Balloon Safari
  • Walking Safaris
  • Weaving Baskets
 Tarangire National Park - Tarangire River with landscape
 Tarangire National Park - ostrich  Tarangire National Park - impala
 Tarangire National Park - waterbucks  Tarangire National Park - elephants walking in dry riverbed of Tarangire River

Flora & Fauna:

Tarangire National Park offers an extreme varied flora and fauna. These include hilly grasslands; acacia bush-lands with baobab trees; swamps filled with tall elephant grasses and surrounding palm trees. The heart of the National Park is the Tarangire river. This river is fed by water springs whose origin lies in the Mkonga Hills by Kondoa and cross the park from south to north.


The Tarangire river is the heart and the living source of the National Park. Wildlife migrates inside and outside the park depending on the rivers water levels. From June to September thousands of animals will gather along the river as it provides the only permanent water source. Often seen are elands, gazelles, hartebeests, impalas, greater and lesser kudus, wildebeest, zebras and many more. Of course, predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs will follow.

The main attraction of Tarangire National Park is its giant elephant population. Herds of elephants will gather around the Tarangire river especially during the dry season from July to October. Elephants have astonishing smelling abilities and even in the very dry river bed, they will find underground water streams. Their strong trunks will help them to dig holes in the sandy river bed in order to reach the water.

Tarangire National Park is also the home of dry-country antelopes such as the majestic fringe-eared Oryx and the unusual long-necked Gerenuk. However, they are quite difficult to spot. Wild Dogs have been sighted, but only on very rare occasions.

This National Park is also a perfect place for bird lovers. More than 550 bird species have been found and recorded within the green Tarangire swamps. Look out for endemic birds such as the energetic yellow-collared lovebird, the Rufus-tailed weaver and the ashy starling. But also Kori bustards, horn-bills, ostriches and the famous lilac-breasted rollers can be found.

Accommodation inside Tarangire:

Tarangire offers a variety of overnight options. From simple with breathtaking views to a high-end and luxury experience. Our accommodation suggestions are:


Accommodation - Tarangire - Tarangire Campsite

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Accommodation - Tarangire - Tarangire Safari Lodge


Accommodation - Tarangire - Oliver's Camp

Accommodation outside Tarangire:

Outside the park are several options with properties offering fantastic views over Lake Burunge or Lake Manyara. Our accommodation suggestions are:

Burunge Tented Camp

Accommodation - Tarangire - Burunge Tented Camp

Maramboi Tented Camp

Accommodation - Tarangire - Maramboi Tented Camp

Chem Chem Safari Lodge

Accommodation - Tarangire - Chem Chem Safari Lodge