Tarangire is a national park in Northern Tanzania & its name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. This river is a primary source of fresh water to the wild animals. Although it can get very dry, it is the main feature of the park.
The park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees, and you will find more than 550 bird species, which makes it the favorite destination for bird enthusiasts. The most common animals found here are elephants, giraffes, impalas, zebras, wildebeests and dwarf mongoose whereas the most common birds are lovebirds, red billed hornbills, lilac breasted roller as well as water birds. It is also the home to four of big fives (except Rhinos).
This park is a surprise package and is considered as one of the most underrated park, often overshadowed by Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
If you are here, you will surely experience once in a lifetime experience of remote & exclusive wilderness. This is in addition one of the best destination for a walking Safari.
The vast herds of wildlife drawn to the waters of the Tarangire River in the dry season makes the most outstanding view whereas the lush grasslands and wildflowers that flourish after the rains provides the best experience to walking safaris.
Ancient Baobab Trees (home for Bees, birds and bats) that dot the grassland plains is the most striking impression when you first land here.
You can reach Tarangire by road from Arusha in about two hours. If you are coming by domestic or international flight, the nearest airports are Arusha Airport (Domestic) & Kilimanjaro International Airport. Tarangire has also an airstrip for those who prefer to cover distances faster.