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In the south of Lake Manyara in the northern region of Tanzania lies underrated Tarangire National Park covers approximately 2 850km² . Host vast herds of elephants and large number of giant baobab trees, the rugged landscape is incredibly diverse and stands out from any other on the traditional northern safari circuit.
Tarangire is a park for those who want to step that much further off the beaten track to experience a truly wild area. A Tarangire National Park safari has large herds of elephant and buffalo, and a remarkable concentration of big cats and is one of the best National Parks in Tanzania. The African wild dog (Rare), kudu, oryx and gerenuk rarely found in other parks in the northern circuit, can also be found here, along with arguably the best bird diversity in Africa. More than 550 species are attracted to its vibrant swamps. During the dry season from August to October, Tarangire has the highest concentration of mammals of any of Tanzania’s renowned national parks.
The park boasts the biggest population of elephant in northern Tanzania. Impressive herds of up to 300 elephant plus large herbs of buffalo are an incredible sight, and you also can expect regular sightings of migratory zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck and giraffe. Tarangire hosts both big cats and small. A high concentration of leopard and lion as well as serval, caracal and genet make for high-adrenaline viewing as they prey on the plains game that provide a moving smorgasbord. During the dry season the park features one of the highest densities of wildlife per square kilometer in all of Tanzania, as the permanent Tarangire River provides a welcome water source and a crucial refuge for large numbers of animals.
Home to more than 550 bird species, the park arguably has the best bird diversity in East Africa and ornithological enthusiasts can expect to see dozens of species, even in the dry season. In addition, the swamps of Tarangire are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds in the world

Activities in Tarangire National Park

Walking safaris

There are few activities more rewarding than the privilege of exploring through the bush on foot – with your knowledgeable & Experienced Guides, a walking safari will be the highlight of any itinerary in Tarangire.

Hot-air balloon safaris

There is nothing quite like gliding serenely over the vast plains of the Serengeti as the wildlife teems below, on a romantic and evocative balloon safari.

Night game drives

A night game drive in Tarangire provides an unforgettable opportunity to try and spot some of the area’s rare nocturnal creatures, an experience not often permitted in Tanzania’s national parks.

Accommodation in Tarangire include Sopa Lodges, Tarangire Safari Lodges, Ang’ata Tented Camps, Sanctuary camps, Nimali Camps, Burunge tented Camps, Maromboi Tented Camps and the public/Budget Tarangire Campsite.

Accessibility

From Arusha through Arusha-Babati Road 2-3hrs Drive via Tarmac Road makes it comfortable and easy but from those who prefer less driving they can fly in to Tarangire and land at Kuro Airstrip with different charters such as Flight Link & Coastal Aviation.

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