About Tarangire

The Tarangire National Park is located to the South ofArushaand 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. 


  • The Tarangire elephant migration is a wonderful sight to behold and the park boasts up to 3,500 elephants during the peak months of July to October
  • The park is home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti Eco-system
  • The birding here is superb so bring your binoculars and your bird book and see how many species you can spot
  • A stay at Oliver's Camp will allow you to enjoy a night fly-camping out in the bush - a truly magical experience if you are feeling adventurous


  • Elephants, Leopards, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Wildebeests, Buffalo, Thompson's Gazelles, Hartebeest and Elands
  • The swamps are tinged green year round and are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world
  • Enthusiasts will want to keep an eye out for the screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebirds, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weavers and ashy starlings


  • January to March - Warm and dry, the animal numbers in the park are still quite low, but it is a wonderfully quiet time to be in the park and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
  • April and May - The long rainy season when many camps in Tarangire close - a time of year we would recommend avoiding.
  • June to October - A peak time for game viewing in Tarangire, but still with low visitor numbers. Superb game viewing and the chance to see the famed elephant migration. The best time of year to be here.
  • November and December - Still a good time of year to be here, but with slightly lower animal numbers. November can see some rain but it is not too heavy.

In The Know

    • Tarangire Treetops is one of the most beautifully appointed lodges in East Africa and we highly recommend a stay here, a fantastic lodge
    • July to October is the optimum time to visit here, but if you are looking for a quiet wilderness experience then November to March is great too as very few people visit at this time of year
    • Staying outside of the park at somewhere like Chem Chem will allow you to enjoy night drives
    • Champagne bush breakfasts can be arranged as a surprise for your travelling companions and are a wonderful way to round off a morning on safari

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The Tarangire National Park has the highest density of elephants in Tanzania, with baobab and acacia trees dotting this sparse land making it a beautiful and distinctive places to visit.

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