Unforgettable safari to Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

Visit the unforgettable Tarangire National Park on a captivating safari to see jaw-dropping sightings of lions lounging in trees when you plan a tour to Tanzania. Make sure you stay to witness these lions stalking and hunting down their prey in a heart-pounding experience while on brilliant game drives through the park. 

Splendid safaris to Tarangire National Park include superb accommodation within this wild region that often rival those of the famous Serengeti. Yet tourists are not yet venturing off the beaten track to discover this rich conservation area where tours open eyes to the many natural wonders that Africa has to offer. 

So many wild animals gather at water sources during the dry season that it is a life changing experience, so we recommend that you browse our fantastic range of camps and safari lodges here

Find the enormous Tarangire National Park in Tanzania’s Manyara Region, a vital refuge for wildlife that takes its name from the Tarangire River crossing the region. This primary source of fresh water for wild animals is central to the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season when thousands of wildebeest and zebra concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.

This Tanzania wildlife retreat covers nearly 3000 square km of picturesque granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps. Game drives explore a mix of Acacia woodland, Combretum woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and baobab trees.

Did you know?

Tarangire National Park is the home of the oldest known elephant to give birth to twins – a successful birth of elephant twins in this breath-taking habitat is a fine example of how the arrival of these two healthy and thriving calves can beat the odds.


  • Look out for the unusual termite mounds that dot the landscape, the abandoned ones often becoming inhabited by dwarf mongoose.
  • Visit Tarangire just to see the famous lions, the elephants and the baobab trees and if you choose the June to November dry season, expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, varied antelope, monkeys, mongooses, baboons and predators including all the big cats, wild dogs and honey badgers. 
  • More than 550 bird species make birders ecstatic so it is worth spending a week or more exploring such impressive habitats and vistas.
  • A white giraffe was spotted in the park in 2015, exhibiting a phenomenon called leucism. Wildlife researchers tend to focus on the African bush elephant and the Masai giraffe and the park is also a Lion Conservation Unit.

Location and Setting of Tarangire National Park

Find the one and only Tarangire between the plains of the Maasai Steppe to the south-east, and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. This rarely visited park is fed by the inspiring Tarangire River that provides vital sustenance in the north and wonderful wetlands provide crucial habitat for myriad fauna and flora in the south.

Delve into compelling vistas of scattered acacia woodland, baobab and palm trees, plains, swamps and rivers and riverine forest. Tarangire National Park is drier than the Serengeti but its vegetation is far denser and so overwhelming in its magnificence. Experience unforgettable game drives and walking safaris in Tarangire, learning about the trees and the insects on a trail. Spend a night in a fly camp.

Sanctuary Swala Camp and delightful Oliver’s Camp offer night safaris within the park. Try a few nights fly-camping at Oliver’s, getting closer to nature. Day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages including tours to hundreds of ancient rock paintings close by.

Best Time to Visit Tarangire National Park

The best time to visit Tarangire National Park is all the time! This is not a seasonal park, but a conservation region that you want to learn about during the dry seasons, the wet seasons and the in between seasons too. Get ready to view more than 600 elephants at a time and to marvel at the ancient baobab trees lining the grassy plains. 

In the dry season, June to October, animals descend from the Maasai Steppe to the waters of the river to drink and socialise and in the green wet season, it is the right time to view the thousands of wildebeest and zebra who arrived with the Great Migration to drop their calves and fatten up again for the move back. Thereafter, the flowers are blooming and photographic opportunities are mind blowing, including the sightings of flocks of rare and colourful birds.

Family Holidays to the Tarangire National Park are Hot

Pack up the entire family for a safari holiday to Tanzania that they will never forget. Intrepid journeys into Africa introduce your kids to the biggest classroom in the world, nature! Game viewing, nature walks, river cruises and camping under the stars are all part of a safari adventure your family will talk about for years down the line!  

Bring your children into the true wilderness of Tanzania, our top African safari destination of all time – so check out the luxury lodge and bush camp accommodation where children are made to feel at home and book your special family package today.

The Best of the Best Holidays in the Tarangire National Park

Plan a Tanzania tour and safari with Voyage2Africa, the African travel experts, and enjoy signature experiences to the premier wildlife destination south of the equator. We bring you thrilling adventures in the Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks, the vast Selous Game Reserve and the spectacular Ruaha National Park. We offer you the best of the best safari accommodation in Tanzania, in lavish lodges, family resorts, modern hotels, eco villas and rustic wild campsites in nature. Bring your camera and you hat, your binoculars and your sense of spirit to an African land that is home to humankind.

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