One of Tanzania’s iconic parks, Tarangire is a great place to start or end your visit.
The park is famous for it’s large population of elephants and the abundance of the emblematic Baobab tree. Cats are common in Tarangire and are often seen stalking the huge herds of plains game that wonder through this open landscape.
Named after the river that courses through it, Tarangire National Park is home to more than 550 species of bird including the Yellow-collared Lovebirds and the heaviest flying bird, the Kori Bustard. The park attracts large quantities of game during the driest periods of the year including around 300 elephants and quite a few of the migratory wildebeest so eagerly sought after. With open woodlands and pockets of acacia trees feeding the animals that lust for the shade, the landscape is remarkably reminiscent of ‘the typical Africa scene’. Baobab trees can be seen flowering in the right season and occasionally attract bats to the sweet flowers but in the south, there are also thick woodlands falling into flat swampland.
When to go
During the dry season of June to October the game is at its peak. November to May are beautiful but it's a bit harder to spot the game.
What to do
- 4x4 morning and afternoon game drives
- Guided bush walks
- Cultural excursions