The only place in Tanzania where you can spot the endangered fringe-eared oryx with its distinguished horns, the towering greater kudu, and the little Ashy Starling, Tarangire National Park is also famous for large herds of elephant, Baobab Trees, huge termite mounds that dot the park.
Granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps are the main composition of the Tarangire landscape, with a mixed vegetation of Acacia woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and Baobab trees.
The Baobab Tree - Inspect the notorious ‘poacher’s hide’, former hiding place for ivory poachers and said to have hidden almost 20 poachers within the gigantic Baobab tree.
Kolo Rocks Art Site - a suggested World Heritage site displaying ancient rock art made by ancient hunter-gatherers, along with remains of prehistoric rock shelters.
June to November, larger herds of zebra, wildebeest and Cape Buffalo can be seen. It is also home to other creatures like the Silale swamp lions, tree-climbing pythons, the rare African wild dog, fringe-eared oryx, greater kudu, elephants, giraffes, dik-dik and Ashy Starling.
Tarangire also boasts of being home to 550 bird species, which is the highest in all of Tanzania and includes hoopoes, hornbills, brown parrots, and the white-bellied go away bird, yellow-collared lovebirds, lilac breasted rollers, mousebirds, swifts, striped swallows, starlings, bee-eaters, hammerkops, plovers, Kori bustards, bateleur eagles, steppe eagles, the gigantic lappet-faced vulture as well as game birds such as the helmeted guinea fowl, yellow necked spurfow, and the crested francolin
June to October – Dry Season is the best time to go as animals migrate into the park from surrounding areas and congregate around the Tarangire River
November to May – Wet Season is not the best time to visit the park as there is much lesser wildlife to see, but is the prime bird watching due to the presence of migratory birds in abundance
June, July, August, September & October - Afternoon temperatures are close to 25°C/77°F. Days are clear with calm skies and the short rains may begin in October. Nights are cooler with temperatures dropping to about 14°C/57°F. Sometimes cold fronts can lower temperatures to freezing.
November & December has about four weeks of rain. Showers usually occur in the afternoon and daytime temperatures are typically around 29°C/84°F, while night and early mornings hover close to 17°C/63°F.
January & February - A dry spell begins after the short rains.
March, April & May has cloudy skies. Average daytime temperatures are around 27°C/81°F, and 17°C/63°F at night.
As you arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam you can fly to Arusha Airport (ARK) or if you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport(KIA), Arusha is 46 kilometres away. You can also board a domestic flight from Serengeti or Arusha and fly to Tarangire.
It is a comfortable two-hour drive from Arusha to the Tarangire National Park entrance gate