Tarangire National Park

Situated in the Great Rift Valley 120km from Arusha, Tarangire National Park features very different scenery to the Serengeti and other parks in the north.

Featuring a hot, dry climate and semi-arid grasslands punctuated with peculiar ‘upside down’ baobab trees, flat-topped acacias and red termite mounds, Tarangire supports a large number of rare species you don’t see in the other reserves. Its 2,850 square kilometres harbour the long-necked gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx. In the dry season (July to September) the permanent waters of the Tarangire River are a magnet for plains game from the park’s parched outskirts.

Large prides of lion are common here, as well as leopard, cheetah and hyena attracted by the abundant prey. Elephants in herds up to 300 strong and graceful southern giraffe are also key features of this park.

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Why should I visit Tarangire National Park?

  • Strange, captivating landscapes completely unlike the Serengeti
  • Ancient baobab trees
  • Grasslands dotted with red termite mounds
  • Rare species not found in Tanzania’s northern parks
  • Enormous elephant herds and mighty prides of lion
  • Plentiful plains game including zebra, buffalo and kudu
  • Attendant predators including leopard and cheetah

When is the best time to visit Tarangire?

The dry season (June to September) is when most of the waterholes have dried up, so wildlife come from all corners of the park to drink along the Tarangire River. While this means good viewing and fine weather for tourists, it can also mean that the park and its lodges can be busy. Rain falls mostly between November and May, meaning wildlife is trickier to spot amid all the greenery. Other positives for travelling during this time include superb birdlife and lower rates.

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Tarangire Sample Itineraries

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Luxury accommodation in Tarangire

The following are some of the lodges and tented camps that we recommend in the Tarangire National Park region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Lemala Mpingo Ridge

Sitting at the top of an escarpment with sweeping views across the perennial Tarangire River and valley below, Lemala Mpingo Ridge offers not just sensational views but outstanding standards of

Little Oliver’s Camp

Little Oliver’s Camp offers an exclusive experience of Tarangire National Park, with only five beautiful tents full of handmade furniture, indoor and outdoor showers and private decks.

Nimali Tarangire

Small and intimate Nimali Tarangire is a hidden gem located in a private concession bordering Tarangire National Park.

Oliver’s Camp

Located in the remote south of Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp offers authentic bush luxury with just 10 well-appointed ensuite tents, each with indoor and outdoor showers and private verandas.

Sanctuary Swala Camp

Set in a very secluded corner of Tarangire National Park, Sanctuary Swala offers twelve canvas pavilions that epitomise luxury and an exclusive safari experience of this picturesque reserve.

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Family-run Tarangire Safari Lodge features spacious ensuite tents and thatched bungalows as well as panoramic vistas of the plains and game by the Tarangire River below.

Tarangire Treetops

Situated just outside Tarangire National Park, this enchanting safari camp features 20 elevated open-fronted guest bedrooms with views across the Tarangire plains.

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What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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