The Tarangire National Park

The Tarangire National Park

Many international travelers dream of visiting Tanzania for a safari adventure. Tanzania has so many National Parks to visit, with options for every type of visitor.

The 2 most popular national parks of Tanzania are:

During peak season, these safari spots can get very crowded, with an endless stream of tourists all wanting to witness the Great Migration.

Tarangire National Park is a great option for travelers who prefer to venture off the usual safari trail. This park is often left behind by tourists in favor of other national parks due to its location.

Nevertheless, a visit to Tarangire will reward you with a magical experience. There is an opportunity to have the place to yourself, and if you are lucky, you might witness the elephant migration, for which the area is known.

How To Get To Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is located 46 kilometers or 29 miles from Arusha. The best way to get there is by flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in Tanzania.

Another option is to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) which is Tanzania’s largest international airport, near Dar es Salaam. From DAR, you can arrange for a domestic flight to Arusha Airport (ARK).

A budget-friendly alternative is to fly to Nairobi, Kenya and then take a bus from Nairobi to Arusha. Find out more about border crossing in Tanzania.

Regardless of the route you take to Taranguire —whether you fly into Tanzania or drive from Kenyayou will likely require an eVisa to enter the country. Foreign nationals from a large number of countries are qualified to apply for a eVisa before their departure. This allows them to save time and hassle, as well as avoid long lines at the border upon arrival.

Check out the eVisa requirements to see whether you are eligible to apply.

Tarangire National Park Facts

The name of the national park came from Tarangire River, the life-sustaining river that crosses the area and the primary source of water for the animals living there. It covers an area of around 2,850 square kilometers or 1,100 square miles, making it one of the larger national parks in the country.

The park is close to the city of Arusha, one of Tanzania’s major international hubs, and to other national parks such as the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Center, and Lake Manyara.

Tarangire is a bit further down the safari circuit; hence it often flies under the radar of many safari itineraries. However, it provides a great alternative to travelers who want to experience a more solitary adventure.

One famous feature of Tarangire National Park is its majestic baobab trees, which are easily spotted in the area. Many animals gather in the park during the dry season, which incidentally is the peak season for visitors, as well.

Tarangire National Park receives around 150,000 visitors annually. This leaves a huge portion of the park undisturbed, giving more space for animals to roam around freely.

Safari in Tarangire National Park

Different safari options are available in Tanranguire:

  • Luxurious tours offer visitors a private guide and a comfortable stay in high-end lodges
  • More adventurous and bold travelers may prefer budget-friendly tours
One of the main draws of the park is the annual elephant migration during peak season. Thousands of these magnificent animals roam around the area looking for greener pastures.

Watching a heard of elephants drinking from the Tarangire River is undoubtedly a unique experience.

Other animals that can be found roaming around Tarangire National Park are:

  • Lions
  • Cheetahs
  • Leopards
  • ImpalasGazelles
  • Wildebeest
  • Giraffes
The park is also considered as a good opportunity to watch African birds migrating from other areas.

When to Go to Tarangire National Park

Weather in Tarangire National Park is considered temperate. The rainy season usually happens from March to May.

There is a second rainy season, albeit a shorter one, in November and December.

Throughout the rest of the year, the temperature remains the same; cold in the early mornings and evenings and a bit warmer in the afternoon. Travelers are advised to wear warm clothes during their safari trip.

The best time to visit is Tarangire is between July and October. This is the time of the year when the wildlife concentrates in the park, offering the best moment for sightseeing.

This is also the time when elephant migration takes place. Outside the peak season, it will be hard-pressed to encounter wildlife within the park due to most of them migrating to other areas.

Since you will likely be spending lots of time outdoors in Tarangire, make sure to speak with your healthcare practitioner in regard to what health precautions and vaccinations you may need prior to your trip to Tanzania.