Tarangire National Park

During the dry season, the Tarangire River has shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self and is choked with wildlife. Wildlife trek hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here, always, there is water. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. 

The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting. We may see Tarangire's pythons in the trees along with lions and leopards who lounge in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitches of a tail. This is a great park to visit at any time of year and is an easy day-trip from Arusha and Moshi.

Non game-viewing travel time: 3½ hours 
Distance: 210 km from Moshi Town 

After breakfast you are met by your tour guide, who will drive you to the Tarangire National Park taking along your picnic lunch. Tarangire derives its name from the Tarangire River which cuts accross the park and which provides permanent water for the wildlife and birdlife all year round. It is here where large groups of animal congregate during the dry season and is the best place to take many pictures.

The vegetation is predominantly Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. You may also see the tree climbing African pythons. Tarangire National Park is a birdwatchers paradise and more that 350 different species have been recorded todate. Other wildlife to be seen includes the rare Oryx, impala, giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard and different types of gazelles. 

We will enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and do two exciting morning and afternoon game drives along the Tarangire River. Late afternoon we return to your hotel


Number of people

What it costs per person




















10 or more


What is included

  • All park fees.
  • 4x4 Safari vehicle with a roof hatch.
  • Professional driver/guide.
  • Lunch boxes & drinking water.

What is not included

  • Tips for your guide
  • Additional drinks
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, etc.)