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Baobabs and the Big Five

With the Big Five, this is a superb dry season park, second only to the Serengeti between June and November

Not many people know that Tarangire National Park has the Big Five because the rhino here aren't seen very often. But what makes the park really special are the huge baobab trees (Adansonia digitata). These massive trees, believed to live up to a thousand years old, are dotted all over Tarangire's sandy soil and make for excellent photographic opportunities. Tarangire is close to 3,000 square kilometres in size and at the bottom of the Rift Valley escarpment, which explains the presence of baobabs – you won't see a single baobab the moment you're over the Gregory Rift towards the west.

Popular Tarangire National Park safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

2019 Tanzania August to October Great Migration safari (Best for budget) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

2019 Tanzania August to October Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!

$ 7,250

£ 5,723

R 104,366

6,475

per person

9 days

Late January to end March 2019 Calving Season (Value-for-money) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Late January to end March 2019 Calving Season (Value-for-money)

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region

$ 6,300

£ 4,973

R 90,691

5,627

per person

8 days

9-day Calving Season safari with HerdTracker (Luxury) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

9-day February Calving Season safari with HerdTracker (Luxury)

This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorogoro Crater

$ 8,490

£ 6,701

R 122,216

7,583

per person

9 days

Tanzania June/July 2019 Great Migration safari (Best for budget) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania June/July 2019 Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer

$ 5,770

£ 4,554

R 83,061

5,154

per person

9 days

Horse Riding to Picnic

Tanzania Classic SkySafari (8 days)

The ultimate African adventure

$ 6,660

£ 5,257

R 95,873

5,948

per person

8 days

Wildebeest Migration, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar Journey (12 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Wildebeest Migration, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar Journey (12 days)

This blockbuster Tanzania safari will show you the best of the country's outstanding wildlife and the beach paradise of Zanzibar

$ 8,550

£ 6,749

R 123,080

7,636

per person

12 days

8-day June/July Great Migration safari in Tanzania (Value-for-money) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

8-day June/July 2019 Great Migration safari in Tanzania (Value-for-money)

If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.

$ 6,300

£ 4,973

R 90,691

5,627

per person

7 days

HerdTracker August to October 2019 Wildebeest Migration safari (Value-for-money) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

HerdTracker August to October 2019 Wildebeest Migration safari (Value-for-money)

This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe.

$ 7,450

£ 5,881

R 107,245

6,654

per person

8 days

Magical Tanzania Safari Adventure (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Magical Tanzania Safari Adventure (7 days)

With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

$ 2,350

£ 1,855

R 33,829

2,099

per person

7 days

April Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.

$ 6,600

£ 5,210

R 95,009

5,895

per person

9 days

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Andre Van Kets says

Tarangire is almost my favourite park in Tanzania. The Serengeti and perhaps Ruaha are better, but only just. Tarangire is a great first national park to visit when on safari and should be included in every safari holiday to Tanzania's north.

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Tarangire is an underrated park and probably the best place in East Africa to see elephant, which dust bathe in the red soil in the dry season. Huge breeding herds move along the Tarangire River that eventually drains into the Silale Swamp. In the late afternoon, you might find hundreds of elephant in the green swamp as you drop down past the picnic site. There are also good numbers of big cats so your chances of seeing lion or leopard are good. For these, you need to get out early and stay out late. If you're lucky you might even bump into some weird species, especially if you venture further south into the park where the wild dog, fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk are occasionally spotted. There's excellent birding too, with good raptors, migratory bee-eaters, storks and water birds on the edge of the swamps. Look out for the African rail and lesser jacana, with the endemic yellow-collared lovebird the pick of your ticks. Your choice of accommodation will have a big impact on your Tarangire experience. The swamps are a long way from the main gate so if you're staying outside the park you're unlikely to get that far. Arrange at least a night or two in the park because it's a good two-hour drive from Arusha. If you leave after breakfast you'll miss the golden hours of early morning or late afternoon inside the park.  

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Frequently Asked Questions about Tarangire National Park

What is a safari shower “bucket” shower?

Safari/bucket showers are common in mobile or tented camps where there is no permanent plumbing. They are an effective yet environmentally friendly way to shower where water is at a premium and provide plenty of hot water to wash… go there.

What is the accommodation like on safari?

Safari lodges have guest rooms similar to a hotel with en-suite bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished with all facilities normally associated with a 3-star hotel. Tented lodges have rooms which are tents on a platform and with a roof and… go there.

What languages are spoken in Tanzania?

Language The official language in Tanzania is Swahili but there are hundreds of other local dialects. English is the second official language and the country's commercial language. It is also the main teaching language used for all higher… go there.

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

What is the best time to see the great migration?

The best time to see the wildebeest migration is in August as the herds cross the Nile crocodile infested Mara River, crossing an international border between Kenya and Tanzania. go there.

When is the calving season?

The wildebeest migration calving season generally starts in February. During this time, the migratory herds will give birth to newborn calves. Predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah will move into the southern Serengeti to take… go there.

Will I be able to use my smartphone during my safari?

Wi-Fi is the best option when planning on using your smartphone during your African safari. Using apps such as Skype for Android and iOS, Viber for Android and iOS as well as Google Hangouts for Android is the best way to stay in touch with… go there.

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