Tarangire is national park located just to the south of Lake Manyara in northern Tanzania, often visited in combination with Manyara, Serengeti and or Ngorongoro. Tarangire National Park can be reached by means of a two hour drive south west from Arusha town. Covering 2850 sq km (1,096 sq miles) the Park is the fourth largest in Tanzania.
Tarangire National Park is beautifully unspoilt, and safari drives through the park enjoy wide views to distant purpled formations of volcanic mountain ranges. Ancient baobab trees, large family herds of elephants and prolific bird life makes Tarangire the classic Africa that history describes.
The main highlight is elephant, which mass here in enormous numbers during the dry season June to December. Herds of elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. General game is also good, although predators tend to be quite difficult to find.
During the green season January to May, the park is beautiful, still has reasonable levels of game and very low visitor numbers, making for a very accessible to animals yet apparently remote safari experience. TheTarangire mobs of elephant are easily encountered wet or dry. The Park contains some of the best camps and accommodations in the region.
More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird, and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.