About Tarangire National Park
Size: 2,850 sq km (1,096 sq miles)
Location: 118 km (75 miles) southwest of Arusha
Getting there: Easy drive there from Arusha or Lake Manyara following a surfaced road to within 7 km (4 miles) of the main entrance gate, you can continue on to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Charter flights from Arusha and the Serengeti.
What to do
Guided walking safaris, wildlife game viewing safaris, day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages and to hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.
Tarangire has the second-highest concentration of wildlife of any Tanzanian National Park after the Serengeti.
During the rainy season it reports the largest concentration of elephants (around 5,000) in the world, and is also an excellent time to find various interesting animals including Coke’s hartebeest, klipspringers, and even fringe-eared oryx.
However, many of the ungulates that prefer short grass have left with the onset of the rains either towards lake Manyara and further or into the Southern Maasai steppe, so don’t expect to see many zebras, wildebeest, or Thompson’s gazelles, unless you are here in the dry season between July and November.
Tarangire also has more than 700 resident lions. If you find yourself lucky, you may see some of the leopards and cheetahs that reside here all year round as well. They subsist on the large herds of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, and other herbivore making this there home in the dry season. Four hundred and fifty species of birds make this a birdwatching paradise.
The park offers new and unique scenery with rocky cliffs, hills, acacia savannah and woodland, combretum bush, and swamps, and of course, the beautiful Tarangire River, which flows all year.
Tarangire is also the best place to see the instinctively recognizable baobab tree, one of the symbols of Africa. There is nothing that compares to these magnificent natural structures that can reach up to 30 meters high with some having trunks that measure 11-meters in diameter. Some are even now said to have reached the ripe old age of 1,000 years.