Tarangire National Park is made up of a network of grasslands and floodplains. With its wildlife-rich river, the pretty landscape is different to the rest of northern Tanzania. Yet it’s one of the least frequently visited parks. It’s probably because it’s overshadowed by its more famous cousins: the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Something we think is a real shame.

There are massive numbers of elephants and baobabs, not to mention a huge variety of bird species. In fact, Tarangire has the second-highest concentration of wildlife of any Tanzanian national park. It’s well worth a visit. 

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We recommend flying to Kilimanjaro or Arusha, then continue by road with a driver guide.  


The dry season months from June to October are the best months to visit for wildlife viewing, when animals are drawn to the Tarangire River. Outside of these months, when the rain comes, the wildlife does migrate out of the park (however keen birders will know that the wetter months bring a host of migratory birds).


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