It’s been called a “safari purist’s park” for its incredible breadth of species (and relative lack of visitors), an “elephant haven,” thanks to herds that sometimes top 100 animals wandering the park grounds, and a “birder’s paradise,” likely for obvious reasons. We like to think of Tarangire as one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets. It’s truly one of the finest and most unique parks in the entire country.
Located in the Rift Valley region, near the eastern shore of Lake Manyara, Tarangire contains nine different vegetation zones, each of which supports unique forms of wildlife. Landscapes range from wooded savannas to rivers, but the most distinctive scenery in Tarangire is probably the rolling hills dotted with massive, majestic baobab trees, their tangled limbs silhouetted against the vast, open sky.
In the dry season (Aug-Oct), many migratory wildlife species return to the life-giving waters of the Tarangire River. During these months, the park boasts nearly as high a concentration of animal life as Ngorongoro Crater. Large herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, elands and oryxes congregate here until the wet season allows them to migrate to lush new grazing land, and their presence draws predators, too.
The river and its surrounding watering holes also attract numerous species of birds to the area. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including green wood hoopoes, green and yellow parrots, Fischer’s and yellow-collared lovebirds, as well as doves, mousebirds, cuckoos, swifts, and swallows.