Tarangire National Park

Welcome to one of Africa’s most underrated parks. Thanks to its proximity to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park is usually assigned only a day visit as part of a larger northern-circuit itinerary. Yet it deserves much more, at least in the dry season (July to October). It’s a place where elephants dot the plains like cattle, and where lion roars and zebra barks fill the night. But here the wildlife tells only half the story. Dominating the park’s 2850 sq km, Tarangire’s great stands of epic baobabs should be reason enough to visit. There are also sun-blistered termite mounds in abundance, as well as grassy savannah plains and vast swamps. And cleaving the park in two is the Tarangire River, its meandering course and (in some places) steep banks providing a dry-season lure for animals and thus much stirring wildlife encounters for visitors.

Wildlife Highlights

Tarangire is home to some dry-country antelope, such as the rare fringe-eared oryx and peculiar, long-necked gerenuk. The swampy areas in the south of the park offer some interesting wildlife viewing opportunities including wallowing elephants and buffalo, the Silale Swamp lion pride and sometimes wild dog. Big pythons can sometimes be found in trees when the swamps are drying up.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season (from June to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing. At this time, large herds of animals migrate to the park from the surrounding wildlife areas, and predators follow. Animals are easier to spot because the vegetation is thinner and wildlife congregates around the Tarangire River when other water sources dry up. During the Wet season (November to May) most animals migrate out of the park again, and wildlife viewing is not as good.

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