In the dry summer months, skeletal baobabs are scattered across the landscape and their spindly branches extend from thick trunks towards the sky. The grass is brittle following the relentless beating the land has suffered during the dry season, forcing Tarangire National Park’s wildlife to congregate nervously around their only water source: the Tarangire River. This is the setting of one of the most exciting times in the park as predator and prey walk side by side.
Herds of up to 300 elephants wander the dry parts of the riverbed, digging wells and bringing water to the surface. Enormous pythons snake their way up trees and nestle in its branches, disturbing the 550 bird species that call the park home. The rare fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk pick at the grass on the savannah. Migratory animals such as the wildebeest and zebra roam through the park at certain times of the year, piquing the interest of the park’s tree-climbing lions and evasive leopards.
The park is a two-hour drive from the nearest domestic airport, or guests can fly directly into Kilimanjaro International Airport 46 kilometres from Arusha. Tarangire’s proximity to Arusha, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Serengeti National Park make it an ideal add-on or stopover to a Tanzanian itinerary.
- The park is home to over 550 species of birds—a birdwatcher’s mecca
- The dry summer months see animals congregate around the Tarangire River, promising excellent game-viewing
- The park is good for year-round visits thanks to its number of permanent residents, such as the herds of elephants thought to be up to 300 in number
- The park’s accessibility to Arusha, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area make it an ideal addition to a Tanzanian itinerary