Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

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Elephant Herds and Baobab trees

This park attracts a great amount of animals because it contains an important water source, the Tarangire river. Especially in the dry season a lot of animals migrate to Tarangire for this water source. Other times of the year this park gets very green.


If you are interested in seeing the centuries old Baobab trees, this park is a must to visit. According to the Maasai the Baobab was the first tree on earth. These massive trees reach heights of 5 to 30 meters (16 to 98 ft) and have trunk diameters of 7 to 11 meters (23 to 36 ft). The trees can store up to 120,000 liter of water in its swollen trunk and the elephants take great use out of it by eating the moist wood. Maybe that is why this park contains the highest amount of elephants per square kilometer in the world. You will be amazed how close the elephants will get to your vehicle.


Other animals seen in this park are lions, cheetahs, zebras, kudus, antelopes and buffalos. This park is also great for bird-watching, with over 300 species recorded.

Tarangire National Park’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail. Are you interested to see them, then choose our Tanzania Safari Packages.

Contact Materuni Tours, one of the local tour operators of Tanzania and get ready to explore the best of Tarangire National Park.

While migrating wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland throng the diminishing lagoons, herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the parched river bank for subterranean streams. It’s the largest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti environment – a feast for predators – and the only site in Tanzania Safari Destinations where dry-country antelope like the majestic fringe-eared oryx and strange long-necked gerenuk may be seen on a regular basis.

About Tarangire National Park

Size: 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles).

Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha.

Getting There

An 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.

When To Go?

Year round but dry season (June – September) for sheer numbers of animals.


Two lodges, one tented lodge, two luxury tented camps inside the park, other half-dozen exclusive lodges and tented camps immediately outside its borders.

Several campsites in and around the park.


Tarangire River

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