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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is one of the best wildlife parks in Northern Tanzania safari circuit. An hour and a half drive from the safari base town of Arusha, Tarangire National Park is third largest national park in Tanzania. This National park measures some 2850 square kilometers and is highlighted with Baobab trees and the largest herds of Elephants during the dry months. The Tarangire River is the meeting point for all the animals during the dry months and draws together the unbelievably large herd of elephants, as well as other larger mammals like zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, smaller antelopes like gazelles, elands, beisa Oryx as well as the predators. We have included Tarangire National Park in many of our most popular Tanzania lodge safari packages.

Tarangire National Park is fed by the Tarangire river that flows throughout the year providing a lifeline during the dry season. During the dry season, many animals visit the river for water, making the variety of wildlife that can be spotted in this park almost comparable to Ngorongoro Crater. Tarangire safari can be easily combined with a visit to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National park like what we have in our 3 days Tanzania lodge safari.

Tarangire has its own localized migration pattern whereby animals migrate from the park to Lake Manyara areas or Silalei Plains in the boundaries of Tarangire. The migration pattern is followed by most of the animals that live within and around the park. Animals and especially the elephants which are a major attraction in this park, migrate during the months of April – May (long rains season) from the park which has mostly the porous black cotton soil, which get muddy during that time. Animals tend to migrate outside the park where the soils are harder and drier making that season’s wildlife viewing questionable.

The Dry season during the months of June to October is the best time to visit Tarangire N Park. This is because that is when the wildlife viewing is at its best. It is also the best time to visit other parks like Serengeti National Park for the wildebeests migration safari, so you can combine the Tarangire in a longer Tanzania safari tour itinerary. In the other months the park experiences less wildlife and therefore not the best place for anyone looking for high concentration of animals but for anyone who is looking for less crowds then this would be the best place to be during the other months of the year..

During the ‘long rains’ season March to May the animals in Tarangire tend to migrate to the floor of the Great Rift Valley towards Lake Manyara as well as the grazing grounds of the Masai Steppe in areas like the Silalei Plains.