Tarangire is one of the more seasonal parks in northern Tanzania with a lot of migratory movement within the greater Tarangire ecosystem. In the dry season, between June and October, large herds of animals are attracted to the Tarangire River. At this time, the elephant numbers are spectacular. The park should be part of any safari in northern Tanzania.
- Top general wildlife viewing in the dry season
- Incredible concentration of elephants in the dry season
- Excellent birding with many dry-country specials
- Stunning scenery with many baobab trees
- Excellent mid-range and luxury lodges
Herds of up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams, in the dry riverbeds while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle,hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. Dry-country antelope such as fringe-eared oryx and the long-necked gerenuk are also regularly spotted. Abandoned termite-mounds often house mongoose colonies. All the main predators are present but, because of thick vegetation, not spotted as often as in some of the other parks in northern Tanzania.
More about Tarangire’s wildlife
The park’s dominant feature is the Tarangire River. Although it gets very dry, the park is relatively thickly vegetated with acacia shrubs and mixed woodland. Most memorable of which are the huge baobab trees dotted around in big numbers.
Day 1. Tanzania Safari
We recommend an early morning departure out of Arusha at the same time, your guide picks up from your hotel. The morning Tarangire Safari Tanzania tour in the national park starts either in Arusha alternatively, on arrival.
Departing through the outskirts of the Airport, the drive is through the Masai Settlements with Donkeys and goats. You will see part of East Africa’s largest the Military training school.
Proceed to the park arriving for a mid morning game viewing safari in the Acacia forests. Meanwhile, Baobab trees attract Elephants which feed off its succulent bark.
The Baobab trees grace the beauty of the National park, and no other plants grow in their vicinity. Begin the safari along the banks of the Tarangire aboard the custom built safari vehicles. The vehicle hatch opens out to the Savannah and highlights Giraffes grazing as well as migrations of the wildebeest. Many of the big five animals come down to the river for an afternoon drink.
Lunch is served at the Lodge before an evening game drive for predators like the lions , jackals and Hyenas. In the evening, return to the Lodge for dinner then overnight at the Tarangire Safari Lodge or Private Tented camp.
Day 2 Tarangire safari
Rise up early in the morning, thereafter commence an early morning game drive in the park. The Big cats like the Lions prefer hunting in the early mornings before dawn. Enjoy Cheetah sightings around the scrubs that dot the park. Zebra in large concentrations head to the seasonal ponds or along the Tarangire River. Look out for the largest bird in the world on the open Savannah.
The Ostrich with its distinct Black coat of feathers, as well as the rare Masai giraffe grace the acacia. Return to the Tarangire safari Lodge or camp for a relaxed breakfast while observing herds of elephants and birds. Later, check out of your hotel for a short drive back to Arusha. Along the way, you may stop to take pictures of the Mount Meru or Kilimanjaro. Alternatively, other areas of interest before being dropped back at your pick up point or overnight accommodations. End of our services.
Price per person sharing varies depending on group size, mode of transport and quality of accommodation.
Tarangire safari Tanzania prices include:
- Return transfers from Arusha where applicable
- Accommodation and meals on safari
- Private safari land cruiser vehicle
- Park entrance fees
- Game viewing safari with bottled water in vehicle
- Services of an English speaking driver guide
- Game drives in open topped tour jeep