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Tarangire is a classic dry season reserve: in the rains the game disperses into the Maasai Steppe but as the landscape dries the wildlife returns, drawn to the Tarangire River.

Wildlife of Tarangire National Park

Large populations of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, eland, impala and warthog all go in search of water. Lion and hyena follow accordingly. Perhaps most impressive are the large herds of elephant that congregate along the riverbanks — it is sometimes possible to see over 500 in a day.


Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater in TanzaniaThere are some localized antelope species, such as the fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk, and plenty of colorful birdlife. Yellow-billed and saddle-billed storks are often found in the river and orange-bellied parrots and red-and-yellow barbets in the acacia woodland.

A short way from Arusha, Tarangire is an ideal place to stay for a couple of nights at the beginning or end of a 'northern circuit' safari.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Tarangire National Park

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Tarangire National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Tarangire National Park

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    Accommodation choices for Tarangire National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Tarangire National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Tarangire River Camp, Tarangire National Park

      Tarangire River Camp


      Tarangire River Camp is a beautifully situated camp overlooking Tarangire National Park and the Tarangire River. While the camp is outside the national park, it's only half an hour's drive to the park entrance and headquarters, making it well-located for game drives.

    • The top deck of the main area at Oliver's

      Oliver's Camp

      First Class

      Oliver’s Camp offers the perfect balance between an authentic tented safari experience while at the same time providing plenty of comfort and luxury. Set in the heart of Tarangire National Park, guests can enjoy excellent game viewing as well as guided walking safaris from the camp.

    • Kirurumu Tarangire Camp, Tarangire National Park

      Kirurumu Tarangire Camp


      Kirurumu Tarangire Camp doesn't have a lot of frills but feels more like a mobile camp. It has a friendly relaxed atmosphere and is delightful.