AREA: 2,850 sq. km. / 1,100 sq. miles
LOCATION: 150 km /93 miles South-West from Arusha
Named after the river that flows through the park, Tarangire National Park is one of the lesser known Tanzanian National Parks, giving it a real air of undiscovered Africa. Famous for its tree climbing lions, massive baobabs and large herds of elephant, Tarangire National Park may be smaller but its density of wildlife is matched only by those in the Ngorongoro Crater. Birding is particularly good here; the marshes are homes for 550 bird varieties and the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Tarangire works well as part of a northern circuit safari and can be visited en route to Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, or on the way back.
The dry season, July – September and temperatures are between 18 and 32 degrees Celsius.
The wet season, mid-October to mid-May and temperatures are between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius.
June and October is considered the best time to visit due to the sheer numbers of animals.