Contrary to the beliefs of many tourists from Tanzania, plunging into Serengeti and scaling the Kilimanjaro is not the only go-to destination in the country. Covering an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers between the plains of Maasai Steppe and Great Rift Valley, Tarangire National Park is probably one of the least visited of the northern Tanzanian game parks. Named after the Tarangire River that flows through the park during the dry season, it retains a mystical presence of undiscovered Africa, particularly in the south. The river draws a herd of animals during the summer including buffalo, gerenuk, zebra, wildebeest, eland, and fringe-eared oryx to name a few. Just a two-hour drive from Arusha, the park is a worthwhile stop if time does not allow for a visit to Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
If you plan to visit northern Tanzania during the dry season, Tarangire National Park is absolutely a go-to place due to its magnificent wildlife adventures.
• Thousands of animals congregating at the Tarangire River
• 550 species of birds
• Tree-climbing pythons
• Strategically placed quality safari lodges
Interesting Tarangire National Park Facts:
• Tarangire National Park covers about 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles).
• It is the sixth largest of its national parks in Tanzania.
• It is located about 75 miles (118km) southwest of Arusha on the northern safari circuit.
• There are more breeding species found in Tarangire National Parkcompared to other places in the world.
• The most common animals in the park are the tree-climbing lions which hide behind the branches of sausage trees.
• The months of November to May are not the best time to visit the park. Many animals which migrated to Tarangire National Park during the dry season leave due to the change in season.
• In 2015, there was a white giraffe in the park with leucism condition or the partial loss of pigmentation. Be ready to meet a large concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem at Tarangire National Park!