Elephant lovers, rejoice! This is the park for you! Just imagine a herd of elephants walking beside you, against a backdrop of mysterious baobab trees. It doesn’t get more magical than that! Although often overlooked next to its famous neighboring parks, Tarangire is a paradise in its own right. Named after the Tarangire River that runs through the park, the river attracts all manner of wildlife. It is home to all Tanzania’s most iconic wildlife, excluding only the black rhino. Lucky safari goers will also get a chance to see three endangered species that can only be found in this park; the fringe-eared oryx, the greater kudu and the ashy starling. Tarangire’s most notable inhabitants are however the elephants! The park is home to one of the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, with herds of up to 300 elephants roaming the plains. Bird watchers will also find joy here with over 450 species of birds to be spotted. In this park, you can enjoy walking safaris, game drives, and visits to neighboring villages.

Size: 2850 sq km.


The Elephants– without a doubt the biggest draw is the large elephant population.

The Migration- Between June and November each year, Tarangire National Park hosts an impressive migration. Zebras, gazelles, wildebeest, hartebeest, lions and leopards all gather around the river as it becomes the only source of water in the park during the dry season.

The Swamps – In the wet season, you can enjoy watching elephants, cape buffalo, lions, pythons, African wild dogs and over 500 species of birds come to wallow in the cool swamps.

Birdwatching – Due to its varied terrain, Tarangire is home to more than 550 species of birds making this park a birdwatchers paradise.

The baobabs trees – the silhouette of the baobab tree has become synonymous with the East African skyline. Ancient trees that live up to 600 years, it’s no wonder that these trees are shrouded in mystery and paranormal energy.

Kolo Rocks art site – on the outskirts of the park, this proposed world heritage site shows ancient rock art created by long gone hunter gathers of the region. There are also fascinating prehistoric rock shelters to explore.

Species: Here you will find wildebeest, hartebeest, zebra, common eland, gazelle, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog and elephant as well as rare animals such as the fringe-eared oryx, the long-necked gerenuk and HUGE pythons!

Tarangire Weather
Month Temp Prec.(mm)
Jan   Min: 16C/61F – Max: 29C/84F 79
Feb   Min: 16C/61F – Max: 29C/84F 81
Mar   Min: 17C/63F – Max: 29C/84F 127
Apr   Min: 17C/63F – Max: 27C/81F 166
May   Min: 16C/61F – Max: 25C/77F 57
Jun   Min: 14C/57F – Max: 25C/77F 5
Jul   Min: 11C/52F – Max: 24C/75F 0
Aug   Min: 13C/55F – Max: 25C/77F 0
Sept   Min: 14C/57F – Max: 27C/81F 4
Oct   Min: 15C/59F – Max: 29C/84F 14
Nov   Min: 16C/61F – Max: 29C/84F 71
Dec   Min: 17C/63F – Max: 29C/84F 110
  Best Time
June to September (General wildlife viewing is best)
  High Season
Most of the year – July to March (The Ngorongoro Crater will have crowds of visitors)
  Low Season
April and May (The only time when the crater has few crowds)
  Best Weather
June to October (Rainfall is little to none)
  Worst Weather
March and April (Peak of Wet season)

June to October –Dry Season

  Wildlife is easier to spot since the grass is shorter in the Dry season
  Rain is little to none and sunshine is abundant
  Chances of contracting malaria are slimmer, as there are fewer mosquitoes
  The Ngorongoro crater gets very crowded
  Mornings and nights get very cold

November to May –Wet Season

 Ngorongoro Crater offers excellent wildlife viewing, even in the Wet season
 The scenery is green and beautiful
 Low season occurs in April and May – tourists are fewer, and there may be better rates
 Birding is in its prime due to the presence of migratory birds
 Except for in March and April, rains are mostly short afternoon storms and seldom interfere with your trip
 March to April is the peak of the Wet season
 It is cold during the nights and mornings, so it is important to pack warm clothing
Best Time to visit Tanzania by Major Park

Gombe National Park

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Katavi National Park

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lake Manyara NP

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Ngorongoro Crater

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Selous Game Reserve

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Ruaha National Park

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Serengeti National Park

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Tarangire National Park

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec