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Tarangire National Park


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Uncrowded, relatively unknown, and famous for its vast forests of enigmatic giant baobab trees, Tarangire National Park’s rugged landscape is incredibly stunning and diverse and it is composed of granitic ridges, river valleys, and swamps.

Tree-climbing Lions

Tarangire’s lions are famous for climbing trees, as do its pythons and leopards. You can spot them lounging in the tail branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Large Elephant Population

Tarangire is famous for its vast herds of elephants. Large herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, and they can be easily spotted either during the wet or dry season.



June to October. The lack of rainfall means animals will flock to the Tarangire River, making it a lot easier to spot them during game drives.



The name “Tarangire” originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park and it is situated in Tanzania’s Manyara Region. During the annual dry season, the Tarangire River is the main source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire ecosystem and it is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebra. Thousands of animals concentrate here by the droves from Manyara National Park during the dry season.

Choked with wildlife, thirsty nomads wander hundreds of parched kilometers headed for the Tarangire River knowing it flows with fresh water. Migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and elands crowd the shrinking lagoons of the Tarangire National Park which makes for the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem.

The sixth-largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi, and Mkomazi, Tarangire National Park is famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape and it is home to more than 550 bird species, a haven for bird enthusiasts.

Its vegetation is a culmination of bushlands, acacia woodland, combretum woodland, wetlands and seasonal floodplains, hilltop and deep gully vegetation, and ancient baobab trees. A quintessential spectacle built for those who want to step that much further off the beaten track to experience a truly wild area.

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