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What is Special About Tarangire National Park?

About Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park, an enchanting gem in Tanzania’s safari circuit, is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Nestled in the Manyara/ Arusha Region, this park spans over 2,850 square kilometers, offering diverse landscapes and a rich tapestry of flora and fauna.

Location of Tarangire

Tarangire is located south of Arusha, about 2 hours drive, bordering Lake Manyara National Park and Burunge Wildlife Management Concession.

How to Get There

The best way to explore Tarangire is through pre-organized safari packages offered by several safari operators based in Arusha. Alternatively, you can explore the park through the safari lodges located inside or at the borderline with the park. At Kilidove Tours, we are thrilled to guide you through the magic of Tarangire and help you experience its unique attractions.

Flora and Fauna

Tarangire is known for its dense elephant population. These gentle giants, numbering in the thousands, roam freely, creating awe-inspiring sights. Alongside elephants, the park hosts a variety of wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, and the lesser-seen wild dogs and Kudus. For Birdwatchers the park is home to 550 bird species, including the Kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird, and the striking ostrich.

Iconic baobab trees, some of which are centuries old, dot the park’s landscape. These “upside-down trees” add a mystical charm to the scenery and provide essential water storage for the park’s wildlife during the dry season.

Special Places

One of the park’s highlights is the Small Serengeti, a vast plain teeming with wildlife, reminiscent of its famous counterpart. This area offers excellent game viewing opportunities, particularly during the dry season when animals congregate around water sources. The Small Serengeti is plain with little bush which makes it easy to spot animals throughout the year.

The Silale Swamp is another gem within Tarangire. This lush wetland attracts animals, especially during the dry season, creating a vibrant and bustling ecosystem. The swamp is a haven for birdlife and offers a unique contrast to the park’s otherwise arid landscape. The Lions and the Elephants love this place as it is great for them to easily find their meal of the day.

The Burunge concession is vital to the Tarangire ecosystem, becoming grazing land during the wet season.

Seasons: Dry and Wet

Tarangire’s seasons greatly influence the wildlife experience. The dry season, from June to October and mid-January to March, is the prime time for game viewing as animals gather around the Tarangire River and Silale Swamp. The wet season, from November to Early Jan and from March to late May, transforms the park into a green paradise, with migratory birds arriving and the landscape blooming. However, wildlife can be more challenging to see during this period due to high grass.


Tarangire offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. From luxurious lodges to intimate tented camps, each provides a unique way to experience the park’s beauty. Notable options include Kuria Treetop, Mpingo Ridge Lodge,  Tarangire Safari Lodge, and the beautifully situated Baobab Camp at the foothills of Tarangire Hill.


Concluding, We are passionate about sharing the wonders of Tarangire National Park with our guests. Whether you’re marveling at the majestic elephants, exploring the diverse landscapes, or enjoying the comfort of exceptional accommodations, Tarangire promises an unforgettable adventure. Join us to discover why this park is a cherished jewel in Tanzania’s crown.