Tarangire National Park covers an area of approximately 2,600km2 and is caught between the Maasai Steppe and the Great Rift Valley lakes in the north and west. The northern part is largely dominated by the perennial Tarangire River; which flows through most of the north until reaching lake Burungi. The south has a series of “swamps” which dry into plains during the dry season.
Tarangire is believed to have the highest concentration of elephants in the world, their numbers range in the order of close to 3,000. Within a few hours of driving through the park, you will come across hundreds of elephants.
In the dry season, animals gravitate towards the two main sources of water in the park: the swamps and the Tarangire river. During this season the park has a very high concentration of wildlife and ranks only behind Serengeti for wildlife variety. During the wet seasons, the concentration of animals is slightly reduced because animals are less constricted in where they find water, so they disperse across the Maasai Steppe.
Regardless of when you visit the park, you will not leave without spotting Zebras, waterbucks, wildebeests, warthogs, giraffes, cranes, ostriches, baboons and velvet monkeys. Tarangire also has lions and leopards but the vast space and many hiding places created by the landscape means they are not easy to spot here as in the Ngorongoro Crater of the Serengeti plains.
Tarangire National Park is made up of mixed landscapes; most of it is made up of open rolling plains and the rest is grassland and flats swamps.
Popular activities inside Tarangire National Park
Go out for a game drive and see the giants of Tarangire – baobabs & elephants; glide across the Tarangire and experience the animals from above. Tarangire is also home to a population of 550 bird species; one of the largest in Tanzania.