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Tarangire National Park is a superb destination for the wildlife enthusiast – its river attracts enormous herds of elephants and the landscape is a rich and varied mix of baobab trees, acacia bush, plains swamps and rocky outcrops (kopjes).

Tarangire is a grossly under-rated park, possibly because it does not fit so conveniently into a week’s safari, or because it lies just off the “northern circuit. However, it is particularly welcoming when added on after the somewhat hectic Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

The area actually experiences its own migration – although smaller in scale than the one further north. Elephants are virtually guaranteed here, and vast herds of Cape buffalo, as well as Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe and warthog all are hunted by lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal and even African wild dog. Tarangire is also an excellent destination for birds of prey and provides a superb habitat for many other species.

The park is within half a day’s drive of Arusha and Lake Manyara, which means that it can easily be added to any northern circuit itinerary of Tanzania.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, fringe-eared oryx, kori bustard, warthog, wild dog
  • Where: Northern Tanzania, Tanzania

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Northern Tanzania: The Great Migration

Join acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt in the Northern Serengeti during the migration. The sheer density of wildlife at this time of year provides no end of photographic opportunities, and witnessing the spectacle of the migration is one of the ‘must-see’ events of the natural world.

  • When to go: Aug-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £11,195 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Serengeti Migration

Witness the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other game around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem - truly one of the world’s greatest wildlife wonders. Accompanied by wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, daily vehicle safaris will take you close to the action.

  • When to go: Mar-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £12,175 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Spirit of the North

Experience the major wildlife highlights and contrasting locations of northern Tanzania on this excellent value, classic safari. Combining the wide open plains of the Serengeti, the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire’s outstanding birdlife, this is a perfect introduction to Tanzania.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,845 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge

Kirurumu Tarangire sits in an elevated position at the northern tip of Tarangire National Park, offering ten tented cottages with stunning views over a waterhole into the park. Ideally located close to Tarangire's main gate, key attractions at the camp are walking safaris and short night drives.

Oliver’s Camp

This camp, with ten large tents, is situated in Tarangire National Park’s remote south-eastern sector, an exclusive location perfect for viewing crowded local waterholes. Walking safaris, fly-camping and off-road driving are all possible in this part of the park, led by experienced naturalist guides.