Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National ParkThe Tarangire National park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Tanzania. Herds of elephants scratch the Tarangire River’s beds during the dry season trying to find underground streams while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem.

This is in stark contrast to the rainy season when the seasonal visitors scatter to exhaust the vast plains. The park is the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

A bird lover’s paradise, it is also home to 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

About Tarangire National Park

Size: 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles).
Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.

Getting there

Easy drive from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7km (four miles) of the main entrance gate; can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
Charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti.

What to do

guided walking safaris.
Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.

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