Dominated by the impressive valley of the Tarangire River
Dense bushland with ancient Baobab trees, unspoilt Tarangire is dominated by the impressive valley of the Tarangire River. This wide open park experiences distinct seasons, with its dry season (July to November) seeing a large number of diverse animals attracted to the reducing river.
Best time to visit Tarangire
Tarangire experiences two distinct seasons. The dry season typically lasts from July to November, and this is when the wildlife is at its most abundant. The wettest months are April, May and December, when roads can become impassable.
Tarangire holiday highlights
Tarangire National Park is located in northern Tanzania, to the south-east of the Serengeti, approx. 25 minutes' flight or two to three hours' drive from Arusha.
Often overshadowed by its more illustrious neighbours, unspoilt Tarangire is a wide open national park scattered with ancient baobab trees. During the dry season (July to November), thousands of animals are drawn to the Tarangire River – the area’s only permanent source of water. Here, herds of up to 300 elephants scratch at the dry riverbed to access water from underground streams. Giraffe, gerenuk, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck and buffalo, too, flock to the reducing river.
Like nearby Lake Manyara, Tarangire's lions and leopards are tree-climbing, and can be spotted lounging in the branches of sausage trees. The park is also a haven for bird enthusiasts, with birdlife including the ashy starling and yellow-collared lovebird. In total, more than 500 species can be seen here.