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Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is a quiet park lying just south of Lake Manyara and famous for its high concentration of elephant.  Tarangire is a very seasonal park that only becomes good towards the end of the dry season when the region’s game all moves towards the Tarangire river system.  Similar in habitat to areas of Ruaha and Selous in Southern Tanzania, it offers a different landscape from the other Northern parks and is a welcome break from the busier parts of the Northern Circuit! 
Tarangire’s relative obscurity, due to its noisy neighbours Ngorongoro and Serengeti, has hidden the park’s principle attraction - from July to early November Tarangire is host to one of the largest elephant concentrations in Africa.  Elephant herds in their hundreds migrate from the Masai steppe south of the park - with some recorded travelling from as far North as Amboseli in Kenya.  The peak months are August, September and October when up to 3,000 elephant create the highest density of the species in the country.  If you are travelling in these golden months then a couple of nights in Tarangire is a must.
However, Tarangire is much more than just an elephant stronghold; this park is beautiful, quiet and surprisingly good for its diversity of game.  It is also one of the only places in Northern Tanzania to offer first class walking safaris and fly camping trips inside National Park boundaries.  In our view, Tarangire is an incredibly underrated and beautifully quiet park.  Long may it stay that way!  Tarangire's camps can be divided into those inside the park and those outside.  The super luxurious Tarangire Treetops is located outside and is the only camp we recommend outside.  The most famous camps, however, are located inside the park itself and ultimately this is where the best game viewing takes place.  Sanctuary lodges (A&K) run an equally luxurious camp called Swala that benefits from a great location and good access to the best game viewing areas.  Another favourite is Olivers, an authentic camp run by Asilia Safaris, one of Tanzania's most famous companies.  Olivers offers walking, fly camping trips and night drives with night vision optics. Nomad's Kuro is now a permenant fixture in the central Tarangire area and is proving to be like all Noamd camps, very reliable with great guiding.


  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 4 out of our Big 7  icon
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Some Of Our Favourite Tarangire Lodges

Some Of Our Favourite Tanzania Lodges

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