Tarangire National Park

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In the middle of the eastern branch of the Rift Valley, the Tarangire National Park is truly a majestic “meeting of giants in a perfect African landscape”, as defined by the National Parks Authority. In a landscape of wild beauty stand out huge and millennial baobab and one of the largest concentration of elephants of Tanzania and the entire African continent.

There are many tourists who visit the park, however only a few go as far as the wild and wonderful area of the marshes, where you can live a truly exclusive solitary experience.

  • 1 to 3 days to visit the park
  • 2,850 km² of extension (little less than the Aosta Valley)
  • altitude from 900 to 1.250 meters
  • Entrance Gate – 2 hours and a half from Arusha – 1 hour and a half from Karatu – 1 hour from Mto Wa Mbu
  • Sangaiwe Ranger Post – 1 hour from Babati – 3 hours from Kondoa
  • Mamire Ranger Post – 1 hour from Babati – 3 hours from Kondoa
  • accommodation in Karatu or Babati – save accommodation fees in protected areas
  • accommodation in the Wildlife Management Area surrounding the park
  • accommodation in the Tarangire National Park


between the river and the hill of Tarangire lies the most famous and beaten area of the park, with its gigantic baobabs and the richness of its wildlife.
the center of the Tarangire is the area of the marshes, wild and not to be missed especially for fans of birdwatching

Tarangire National Park is named after the river that flows through it. It is an often underrated park, although guests, in the dry season, one of the highest densities of wildlife in all of Africa. Around the pools, which are what remains of the river in the absence of rain, you can witness the spectacle of a small migration, which although not as majestic as that of the Serengeti, involves many more species of animals. Those who decide to spend at least one night in the park can, in the dry season, go down to the south, reaching the area of the marshes, along little-traveled paths, where to live the emotion of an exclusive experience in a luxuriantly wild nature.

The park is surrounded by protected areas, such as, north towards Lake Manyara, the Burunge WMA, where there is the homonymous salt lake, shimmering in the dry season, with the Rift Valley in the background.

In the vicinity of the park you can meet the traditional tribes of Mount Hanang. To the south, the unmissable cave paintings of Kondoa are worth a visit.

Fauna in the Tarangire National Park 

one of the best for sightings of

elephant  zebra  blue wildebeest 

very frequent sightings of

giraffa  African buffalo waterbuck eland bushbuck klipspringer steenbok Coke’s hartebeest Roan antelope impala Grant’s gazelle dik dik warthog vervet monkey mangoose

probable sightings of

• lion  leopard  cheetah • african wolf spotted hyena  striped hyena  hippo fringe-eared oryx  oribi  greater kudu lesser kudu  bat-eared fox • leopard tortoise • Nile monitor • phyton black mamba  puff adder

very rare sightings of

wild dog honey badger


Raptors • Secretarybird• Egyptian Vulture⚑ • Bateleur• White-headed Vulture • Hooded Vulture• White-backed Vulture• Ruppell’s Vulture• Lappet-faced Vulture• Crowned Eagle⚑ • Long-crested Eagle • Martial Eagle• Lesser Spotted Eagle⚑ • Steppe Eagle⚑ • Booted Eagleand several other 
Other species • Fulvous Whistling-duck• Egyptian Goose  • Coppery-tailed Coucal⚑ • Black-bellied Bustard⚑ • Denham’s Bustard⚑ • Red-necked Francolin⚑ • Red-eyed Dove• Laughing Dove⚑ • Grey Crowned Crane⚑ • Kori Bustard⚑ • Schalow’s Turaco• Marabou • Hadada Ibis⚑ • Grey Heron⚑ • Great White Pelican⚑ • Blacksmith Lapwing⚑ • Spur-winged Lapwing⚑ • Black-winged Lapwing• Double-banded Courser(in photo) • Southern Ground-hornbill• Red-billed Hornbill • Silvery-cheeked Hornbill⚑ • Lilac-breasted Roller • Fischer’s Lovebird⚑ • Yellow-collared Lovebird⚑ • African Broadbill⚑ • Northern White-crowned Shrike⚑ • Pink-breasted Lark⚑ • Short-tailed Lark⚑ • Lazy Cisticola⚑ • Tiny Cisticola⚑ • Red-winged Prinia • Upcher’s Warbler⚑ • Northern Pied Babbler⚑ • Hildebrandt’s Starling⚑ • Ashy Starling⚑ • Superb Starling⚑ • Mourning Wheatear⚑ • White-headed Buffalo-weaver⚑ • Rufous-tailed Weaver • Black Bishop⚑ • Jameson’s Firefinch⚑ • African Silverbill • Kenya Sparrow⚑ • Swahili Sparrow⚑ • Pangani Longclaw⚑ • Golden Pipit• Southern Grosbeak-canary⚑ • Somali Bunting and several other 
Tanzania endemic
Near endemic
Africa endemic


Safari by car: our programs include a visit to both the lake area and along the banks of the river.

Entry to the National Parks in Tanzania is allowed to licensed off-road vehicles of local tour operators with a valid license. The paths of the safaris are strictly bound to the trails. The strict regulation of parks has the laudable aim of safeguarding the inestimable natural heritage and supporting the local economy. The “DIY tourism” presents many unknowns and therefore becomes difficult to practice. With us, local tour operator with Italian participation, you can realize your dream of a tailor-made safari! Contact us


Village Mto Wa Mbu: bike tour

Manyara Ranch Conservancy


Babati- Hanang: Barabaig tribe

Kondoa: rock paintings

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For information on transit fees and park accommodation, already included in the price of our safaris, visit the Park Fees page. The system of taxation of tourism in the parks of Tanzania is the necessary contribution to the conservation of an uncontaminated and wild natural heritage, of inestimable environmental value.

For general information about all parks in Tanzania and about this park – when to go, where is it, nearby destinations – go to Parks of Tanzania page

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