Common Wildlife

Elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards, vervet monkeys, baboons, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, elands, hartebeests, hippos, wild dogs, hyenas, oryx, pythons, long-necked gerenuks, and over 500 species of birds.

Park Size

2,850 sq. km. (1,100 sq. mi.)

Driving Distance

2.5 hours from Arusha

Tarangire National Park
What to Know

Tarangire National Park


Take a game drive through Tarangire National Park. This amazing park boasts the largest concentration of elephants in the world in addition to hosting the highest quantity of breeding bird species. Brimming with biodiversity, thousands of different animal species call Tarangire home.

Tarangire National Park Highlights

Often referred to as the Little Serengeti, Tarangire National Park is a fantastic place to spot some of the most famous wildlife in Tanzania away from the crowds. Although known for hosting some of the largest African elephant herds on Earth, Tarangire is also an excellent location for bird viewing. Along the Tarangire River, you are guaranteed to see vivacious wildlife drinking from its banks, regardless of the season.

Tarangire National Park is home to more than just elephants and birds— observe Tanzania's ancient baobab trees (known as the "tree of life") towering above the savanna. Massive herds of wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, and antelopes frolic and graze throughout the park. If you have the time, a night game drive will allow you to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal animals who roam the park.

And don't forget to visit the Maasai Steppe for a spectacular view of the unique, marshy landscape of Tarangire National Park!

About Tarangire National Park

Established in 1970, Tarangire National Park became the 6th largest National Park in Tanzania. This park is most popular for its large elephant herds and for the mini-great migration that takes place during the dry season— ~250,000 animals enter and pass through the park!

TAT Tip!

We advise staying at the Tarangire Safari Lodge! In addition to offering excellent river viewing opportunities, the lodge is located inside of the park, making it a very convenient spot to grab a hot midday lunch.

What to Do

Sights & Activities for Your trip

AM/PM Wildlife Game Drives

When you're riding in one of our custom-built safari vehicles with a professional driver and guide, you will feel like a real adventurer. Search for wildlife and explore the African wilderness from the comfort of your seat.

Guided Bushwalk

A must for wildlife enthusiasts, taking a guided bushwalk tour is a fantastic way to get up close and personal with some of the area's most commonly spotted wildlife. An armed park ranger will guide you and your party through the African bush, granting you endless opportunities to witness the region's diverse flora and fauna in action.

Hot Air Balloon Safari

To add a little romance to your African safari, take to the skies and experience a hot air balloon ride over the vast open plains of the African countryside.

Sundowner Parties

The tradition of enjoying a drink in the African bush whilst watching the sun go down dates back to some of the earliest safaris in the 1920s. Sit back, watch the gorgeous sunset, and enjoy provided refreshments while relaxing in the great outdoors.

Where to Stay

Our Lodging Recommendations

We recommended these lodging options for Tarangire National Park. More lodging options are available, and you're welcome to choose your own on your adventure with us.

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