Tarangire National Park one of the most underrated national parks of Tanzania is situated in the game-rich northern safari circuit. The sixth largest national park in Tanzania lies between meadows of the Massai Steppe and lakes of the Great Rift Valley which is traversed by the perennial Tarangire River.
Tarangire National Park gets its name from “Tarangire River”, which is the only constant source of water, which helps to nurture the diverse vegetation and vast wildlife. With the spectacular giant baobab trees, the landscape of Tarangire is quite distinctive.
After Serengeti, Tarangire has the highest concentration of wildlife during the dry season in Tanzania offering incredible game viewing opportunity. It is famed for its large herds of elephants, sometimes 3000 in numbers; it is also known for its tree climbing lions and python.
You can see plenty of impalas, giraffes, dik-diks, warthogs, waterbucks, zebras, wildebeests, mongooses, baboons and monkeys. African wild dog, kudu, oryx and gerenuk which are rarely found in the parks of the northern circuit can easily be spotted here.
With more than 550 species of birds, it is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. The yellow-collared lovebirds, Kori bustards, stocking-thighed ostrich, and hornbills are some of the commonly spotted birds in Tarangire.
Tarangire National Park with its fabulous and varied landscape, dotted with termite mounds and egnimatic baobabs, is a wonderful park to visit. However, Tarangire is the least visit park on the northern circuit. It is either visited as a stopover on the way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. But if you’re visiting Tarangire, then spend at least a day in here to get the true offerings to get the true offerings of the park in a detailed tour.
Tarangire National Park is open for the visitor all year round. However, the best time to visit Tarangire is during the dry season, from late June to October. You can easily spot the wildlife concentrating around the Tarangire River for water during this period.
Tarangire is famed or its tree-climbing lions, pythons and giant herds' elephant, it has the largest number of elephant in Tanzania. You can also spot, the usual catchment of predators, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, impalas, gazelle, oryx and gerenuk.
Tarangire boasts of over 550 species of bird including lovebirds, weavers, ostrich, hornbills and buzzards.
Also, the enigmatic gigantic Baobab trees spread across the parks are one of the main attractions.
Selous Game Reserve is the most accessible park in the Southern circuit. You can easily reach Selous by roadways, railways and airways.
Selous is 5-6 hour drive hour from Dar Es Salaam.
You can take Tazara train from Dar Es Salaam to Matambwe, from where one can drive into Selous.
Charter flights are easily available from Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha to Selous game reserve.