Tarangire National Park is the first park you meet after leaving Arusha. It stretches over 1360 sqkm, on a north-south axis, in the middle of which flows the Tarangire River. This river makes the park so special, as it is a gathering point for animals during the dry season.

The lanscape is made of low hills with acacia forest, and the over-flooding of the river during rainy season creates swamps attracting all animals.


You will see a great diversity of animals here, and particularly big herds of elephants, which might at time seem a bit threatening, leopards, ostriches, dik-diks (the smallest African antelope), and many others.


Tarangire Park is one of the biggest breeding places in the world for birds, and more than 550 species have been reported. The ostrich feels at home there, as well as the biggest flying bird, the Kori Bustard.

When and how to visit?

Tarangire National Park ist at its best from June to November, during the dry season, when the animals come looking for water, but it can be visited at any time, except from March to Beginning of June, when the roads become difficult to drive. This park is easily visited in combination with the other parks of the Northern Circuit, and just two hours drive from Arusha.