The Tarangire National Park is located to the South of Arusha and is often missed by visitors enjoying Tanzania's Northern Circuit which is a real shame as the park offers fantastic game viewing, especially from July to October. However, the fact it is less celebrated means that you can enjoy this wonderful park without the high visitor numbers that you get in Lake Manyara and the Serengeti.
Accommodation is varied here, with tented camps, traditional lodges and our favourite, the unique Tarangire Treetops, which, as the name suggests, is elevated up in the tree canopy overlooking the park and offering a superb spot for some ad hoc afternoon game viewing. Oliver's Camp offers a wonderfully traditional safari experience and is a real throwback to tented camps of yesteryear, whilst the beautiful Chem Chem and Little Chem Chem are ideally located between Tarangire and Lake Manyara and allow visitors to explore both parks from one base.
The main drawcard of Tarangire is it's famed elephant migration and, whilst the park can very much be regarded as a year-round destination, it is best visited between July and October when the dry conditions result in animals congregating around the Tarangire River making for some extraordinary sightings. Leopard and cheetah sightings can be very good here, although like all cats they can be elusive - but patience in searching for them is richly rewarded. This is a great spot if you are looking for somewhere quiet and scenic, but still offering good game viewing in the peak months and it gets a lot fewer visitors than the nearby Lake Manyara. It is also an excellent spot for birding enthusiasts.
Tarangire is fast becoming a must-do on Tanzania's Northern Circuit and becoming more and more popular with visitors. We would always recommend a trip here and the sooner the better so you can enjoy the tranquillity and low visitor numbers of this hidden gem of a park.
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