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Tarangire National Park is sixth largest Tanzanian national park measuring 1,100 sq miles. The park is usually assigned as part of a larger northern circuit safari due to its close proximity to Serengeti national park and Ngorongoro crater respectively. The landscape is composed of gigantic ridges, river valleys, and swamps. It has the second-highest concentration of wildlife of any Tanzanian national parks after Serengeti. Tarangire National Park has the largest concentration of elephants in the world. The oldest known elephant to give birth to twins lives in Tarangire. It has more than 700 resident lions and sightings are common. Lions in Tarangire are known as tree-climbing lions since they climb trees. The less visible ones but present are leopards and cheetahs. What sustains them are the large herds of zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, buffaloes and other herbivores that inhabit the area. With more than 450 bird species, Tarangire is one of the best birdwatching destinations in Tanzania. The best time for game-viewing in the Tarangire National Park is between June and October, when the animals head for the water of the Tarangire river. Tarangire National Park is only 2 hours drive from Arusha. There is also a wide variety of other wildlife, reptiles, birdlife, insects and plantlife that will satisfy the descerning tourist looking for a unique adventure in Tanzania.
Tarangire National Park is known for its high density of elephants and large baobab trees. The Tarangire ecosystem is host to some of the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras from Serengeti and Masai Mara. The best time to visit the park is during the dry season from June to November when you can expect to see large herds zebras, wildebeests and buffalos. Other animals found here in large numbers include: waterbuck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, grant's gazelle, vervet monkey, mongoose and olive baboon. Predators that you are likely to spot in Tarangire include lions, leopards, cheetah, caracal, honey badgers, dwarf mongoose and wild dogs. A white giraffe was spoted in this park in 2015.
• For the ornithologist enthusiasts over 500 bird species spotted here include: ostrich, kori bustard, ashy starlings, rufous-tailed weavers, yellow-coloured lovebirds, hornbill, crested cranes, marabou storks, yellow-billed stork, oxpeckers and vultures.
• Reptiles that can be spotted here include: large pythons, black mamba, spitting cobra, frogs, lizards, puff adder, crocodiles, tortoise and chameleons.
• Wildlife projects in this park include: Tarangire elephant project, Tarangire lion project and Giraffe conservation demography project.
Visitors to the park can find different types of accommodation according to their budget ranging from lodges, luxury tented camps and open-air camping sites. Accommodation include among others:
• Tarangire Safari Lodge - located on Tarangire River with panoramic views of the savannah.
• Tarangire SOPA Lodge - which is a luxury safari lodge accommodation.
• Luxury safari tented camps.
• Open-air campsites.
• Picnic sites.
Tourist accommodation varies from luxury to the most basic rooms for the budget traveller. It is a popular tourist destination and therefore accommodation feature all the neccessary amenities a visitor would require. It is very suitable for all travellers.
✓ Oliver's Camp ✓ Little Oliver's.
Park entry: The park is open daily from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:00 pm.
Entry to the park is by smart card, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
• The main feature of Tarangire National Park is the Tarangire River. Its high elephant population imparts a rare chance to get up close to these gentle giants, and there is always the possibility of spoting some predators mostly from the cat family looking for a meal in the savannah. The proximity of such a treasure trove of wildlife in a scenic setting, makes this park a must for those visitors who tour northern Tanzania. In the months from July to September visiting Tarangire National Park can be a highly rewarding wildlife spoting experience. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and oryx gather along tarangire river and stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rain when they migrate again to good grazing areas. In Tarangire you will easily notice enigmatic baobab trees and large herds of buffalos and elephants.
• Walking safari: An early morning walking safari along the riverline will reveal the incredibly diverse vegetation, including the ancient baobab trees. You will also see wildlife drinking alongside the beautiful Tarangire River. You might encounter one of the tree-climbing lion. With over 500 bird species, you will definately recognise some of the migratory bird species you will likely spot.
Day game drives (but certain lodges might offer night drives).
Guided walking safaris.
Fantastic meals and services offered at luxury lodges and campsites.
Day excursions to nearby Maasai and Barabaig villages.
Visit the site of hundreds of rock paintings nearby Kolo.
• By Road: From the north-east, the Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Arusha in 2 hours. From the north the park is about 70 km from Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater.
• By Air: The nearest international airports are Kilimanjaro and Arusha. Zanzibar, Dar es salaam and Mombasa are viable options for those wishing to combine a beach holiday with a Tarangire safari.
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this park for your next holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Tanzania tourism development tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. The rates we have quoted here are for information purposes and are indicative of the likely park charges you can incur. They are NOT accurate but approximate. However please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
Tourism development levy - It currently stands at US$ 1.5 per person per day including children.
• This park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on Tourism development Tarrifs.
• Tanzanian law protects the whole Tarangire ecosystem from human pressures. It prevents human-wildlife conflict. As a visitor, you are therefore required to leave the park as tidy as you found it. Litering and dropping rubbish is strictly prohibited. You will be prosecuted if you violate these rules.
• If visiting river-lines, gorges and caves, it is your responsibility to ensure that you stand at a safe distance from the descend.
• The park is open daily from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
• Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:00 pm.
• Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Scheduled local flight services are available from Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Dar es salaam and Zanzibar Airports.
Airport transfers are available at an additional charge. Please let us know that we need to pick you up at the airport upon your arrival. Do not assume.