Tarangire National Park is one of the more seasonal parks in northern Tanzania, with many migratory movements within the greater Tarangire ecosystem. Between June and October, large herds of animals are attracted to the Tarangire River in the Dry season.
The elephant numbers are spectacular, and the park should be part of any safari in northern Tanzania.
Herds of up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams in the dry riverbeds, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. Abandoned termite mounds often house mongoose colonies.
All the main predators are present, but because of thick vegetation, not spotted as often as in some of the other parks in northern Tanzania.
The park’s dominant feature is the Tarangire River. Although it gets scorched, the park is relatively thickly vegetated with acacia shrubs and mixed woodland.
Most memorable are the huge baobab trees dotted around in big numbers. The south and east of the park have a big seasonal swamp network, an important water catchment area.
Tarangire has a fractured Wet season (November to May). Light showers, or the ‘short rains,’ tend to close out the year, while the long rains’ see heavier falls from March through May.
In between is a brief dry period that gives a taste of what’s to come in the Dry season proper (June to October).
In the wetter months (November to May), tourists are fewer and the local wildlife more dispersed, with water easily found around the park. The animals are much easier to find during the Dry season (June to October), as they head to the area’s remaining water sources.
Pack plenty of warm clothes for early morning game drives at this time of year, as it’s cold when the sun is low in the sky.
1. Tarangire National Park Location
Tarangire National Park is located slightly off the popular northern Tanzania Safari Circuit. The park lies between Masai Steppe’s meadows to the southeast and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west.
Within the northern part of Tarangire is the permanent River Tarangire, also known as the park’s life-line, particularly in the dry season when most of the region is totally dry.
This flows northwards until it exits the park in the northwestern corner to pour into Lake Burungi. Several wide swamps dry into green plains during the dry season in the south.
2. How to Get to Tarangire National Park
The park is part of the popular northern safari circuit and is typically visited together with Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Most safaris start from the town of Arusha.
The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), situated 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) near Dar es Salaam and book a domestic flight to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
There are regular flights from Arusha and the Serengeti to Tarangire, but it is a comfortable two-hour drive from Arusha to the entrance gate, of which only the last 7km is not tarred.
Moving on, it is an easy drive to Lake Manyara (100km/60mi in about two hours) or the Ngorongoro Crater (180km/110mi in about four hours).
Tour operators usually book domestic and charter flights between parks as part of the tour package. Domestic flights can be booked with several local carriers:
- Coastal Aviation flies to Tarangire.
- Air Tanzania flies to Kilimanjaro Airport.
- Precision Air flies to Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airport.
- ZanAir flies to Arusha.
3. Wildlife in Tarangire National Park
The Big Five in Tarangire National Park
The iconic ‘Big Five’ consists of the African elephant, rhinoceros (black or white), lions, leopards, and the ubiquitous buffalo.
While many parks in Tanzania can boast one or more of these instantly recognizable animals, endangered wildlife such as leopards and rhinoceros can be difficult to find.
Tarangire National Park is home to four of the Big Five, with rhinoceros being the notable absence.
Leopards, at home in the densely wooded park, can often be difficult to spot. Lions and buffalo are common in Tarangire National Park, and it’s a rare day that a visitor does not see a prowling lion or a grazing buffalo during their game drive.
It is Tarangire’s elephant population that makes it a must-see park, with the big mammals so common that you’ll almost get tired of them by day’s end.
The Best Time to See the Big Five in Tarangire
Visiting Tarangire during the dry season gives you your best chance to see these four Big Five members, as water scarcity forces animals to congregate near the Tarangire River. The lack of water also means that vegetation thins, allowing you to spot leopards and lions more easily than in the verdant rainy season.
Primates in Tarangire National Park
Moreso than most other national parks on Tanzania’s famous Northern Circuit, Tarangire can be a great place to spot primates during your safari.
Large troupes of baboons are a common sight in Tarangire National Park, and people wishing to photograph these brightly colored primates can often find them frolicking in puddles or prowling by the game trail.
Other Wildlife in Tarangire National Park
During the dry season, Tarangire’s reputation as one of the only reliable water sources in the region means it attracts plenty of wildlife.
Migratory animals such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and various antelope species make their way into Tarangire to drink from the Tarangire River and attached swamplands.
Gigantic hippopotamus also likes to wallow in the park’s swamps, and they’re straightforward to spot when dry season dries up their hiding places.
While lions are a common sight in Tarangire, leopards, and cheetahs are less commonly spotted. In particular, Cheetahs find it difficult to hunt in the densely wooded park where their speed is nullified.
The endangered African wild dog can occasionally be spotted in less crowded areas of the park too.
Unique Wildlife in Tarangire National Park
The long-necked gerenuk and the beautiful fringe-eared oryx are most commonly spotted in Tarangire National Park, making it a great place to go if you’re looking for some less common wildlife to check off your list.
Massive pythons can occasionally be seen in Tarangire, especially when the swamps have dried up and they are forced to seek shelter elsewhere.
Birding in Tarangire National Park
While most people visit Tarangire National Park during the dry season for wildlife viewing, it is during the wet season that Tarangire comes alive for birding enthusiasts.
The park’s swamps are home to more than 500 species of bird during the wet season, making it a haven for bird-watching enthusiasts.
Notable Tarangire National Park residents include the Ashy Starling, Tawny Eagle, Red & Yellow Barbet, Northern Pied Babbler, and many more. You can check out Asilia Africa’s fantastic birding guide for more information.
The Baobabs and Acacia in Tarangire National Park
Another distinctive feature of Tarangire National Park is its plant-life, with the iconic baobab and acacia both common sights in the forested park.
Sometimes known as the ‘tree of life,’ the baobab tree is one of Africa’s most enduring symbols. The African baobab is the largest of the eight species globally, and Tarangire is the best place in Tanzania (alongside Ruaha) to see this stunning tree up close.
Able to hold more than 100,000 liters of water in their bloated trunks, they’re perfectly suited to Tarangire’s long dry seasons.
Africa’s other famous tree, the acacia (particularly the umbrella thorn), is perhaps one of the most photographed species of tree in the world. A vital part of the food chain and adapted to the harsh African conditions, acacia can be seen across Tanzania, especially in Tarangire National Park.
4. Climate at Tarangire National Park
Weather in January
January, the same as December, is a moderately hot summer month in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, with average temperature fluctuating between 16°C (60.8°F) and 29°C (84.2°F). In January, the average high-temperature remains equal in December – a still moderately hot 29°C (84.2°F).
Weather in February
The last month of the summer, February, is a tropical month in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, with average temperature fluctuating between 30°C (86°F) and 17°C (62.6°F). With an average high-temperature of 30°C (86°F) and an average low-temperature of 17°C (62.6°F), February is the warmest month.
Weather in March
The first month of the autumn, March is still warm in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, with an average temperature ranging between min 17°C (62.6°F) and max 29°C (84.2°F). In Tarangire National Park, the average high-temperature is essentially the same as in February – a warm 29°C (84.2°F).
Weather in April
April, like March, in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, is a moderately hot autumn month, with an average temperature ranging between max 27°C (80.6°F) and min 18°C (64.4°F). In Tarangire National Park, the average high-temperature is practically the same as in March – a still warm 27°C (80.6°F).
Weather in May
May, the last month of the autumn, in Tarangire National Park, is another warm month, with average temperature fluctuating between 16°C (60.8°F) and 25°C (77°F). In Tarangire National Park, the average high-temperature is almost the same as in April – a still moderately hot 25°C (77°F).
Weather in June
The first month of the winter, June is also moderately hot in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, with an average temperature ranging between max 24°C (75.2°F) and min 14°C (57.2°F). With an average high-temperature of 24°C (75.2°F), June and July are the coldest months.
Weather in July
July, the same as June, is a moderately hot winter month in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, with average temperature fluctuating between 24°C (75.2°F) and 14°C (57.2°F). The coldest months are June and July, with an average high-temperature of 24°C (75.2°F).
Weather in August
The last month of the winter, August is another warm month in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, with average temperature varying between 14°C (57.2°F) and 25°C (77°F). In Tarangire National Park, the average high-temperature is almost the same as in July – a still warm 25°C (77°F).
Weather in September
The first month of the spring, September, is still warm in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, with an average temperature ranging between min 15°C (59°F) and max 28°C (82.4°F). In September, the average high-temperature marginally rises, from a warm 25°C (77°F) in August to a still moderately hot 28°C (82.4°F).
Weather in October
October, like September, in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, is a moderately hot spring month, with temperature in the range of an average low of 16°C (60.8°F) and an average high of 29°C (84.2°F). In Tarangire National Park, the average high-temperature is essentially the same as in September – a still moderately hot 29°C (84.2°F).
Weather in November
November, the last month of the spring in Tarangire National Park, is also a moderately hot month, with an average temperature ranging between min 17°C (62.6°F) and max 29°C (84.2°F). In Tarangire National Park, the average high-temperature remains the same as in October – a still moderately hot 29°C (84.2°F).
Weather in December
December, the first month of the summer in Tarangire National Park, is still a warm month, with an average temperature ranging between min 17°C (62.6°F) and max 29°C (84.2°F). In Tarangire National Park, the average high-temperature remains the same as in November – a still warm 29°C (84.2°F).
5. Tarangire National Park Entrance Fee
When you plan a safari to Tanzania, it is important to know the Government Park entrance fees you need to pay before entering each Tanzania National Parks. These costs are essential to know as the Tanzania National park fees are high in cost.
It is also important to know that if you plan to pay the Tanzania National park fees yourself, then you need to pay the Tanzania National park fees with a Visa or Master Card Only as no cash is accepted.
Conservation fee for Tarangire National Park are:
Non-Citizen Entry Fee
- Non Resident Adults Inside the park(16 years and above) – US$ 45
- Non Resident Children inside the park(Between the age of 5-16) – US$ 15
- Non Resident Student – US$ 15
- Children below the age of 5 are free.
- East African Citizen (Tzs)
Citizen Entry Fee
- Citizen Adults(16 years and above) – TZs. 10000
- Citizen Children(Between the age of 5-16) – TZs 2000
East African Citizen Fee
- Children below the age of 5 are free.
- East African Residents (Tzs)
- Resident Adult(16 year and above) – Tzs 10000
- Resident Children(Between the age of 5-16) – TZs 2000
- Resident Student – TZs-2000
- Children below the age of 5 are free.
6. Things To Do in Tarangire National Park
Activities in Tarangire National Park (Things to do in Tarangire national park) are the ventures that the travelers engage in when they visit the park as they explore the different wildlife species.
Tarangire National Park is located in the Manyara region, mainly in the Northern Part of Tanzania. The tourism activities are mainly conducted due to other various national_parks available in this part of Tanzania.
Due to the variety of animals in Tarangire National Park, large groups of people, mainly from different parts of the world, are attracted to visit the park.
In this national park, animals like elephants are seen digging the Tarangire River during the dry season, searching for water are found in huge groups. Other animals include giraffes, Great kudu, gazelles, wildebeests, and lions.
Tarangire National Park being home to different birds, attracts tourists, especially bird lovers, to visit the park. Due to the vegetation, it supports a diversity of birds such as Brown Parrots, Bar Faced Go Away Birds, Hornbills, Yellow Collared Love Birds, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Bee Eater Harmar Cops, Kori Bustards, and Striped Swallows. Tarangire National Park is home to more than 500 bird species, which offer bird watching activities year-round.
While in Tarangire National Park, one will have a chance to visit different places and contemplate the parks’ environments and appreciate nature. Such areas for sightseeing are the Tarangire River due to muddy digging elephants during dry season searching for water.
This river is located in the eastern part of the Rift Valley; Elephants’ concentration in this area is huge, and lions. The river is also surrounded by baobab trees, swamps, and Yellow Barked Fever-Trees. Sightseeing can also be done in the woodlands and acacia landscapes.
Tarangire National Park is surrounded by Maasai Village, which also attracts visitors to visit and learn their culture as they are unique in their lifestyles such as dressing style, their origin, stories, way of dancing and cultural products made by Maasai people where tourists can buy as one way of supporting a particular community or village and ornaments to the visitors used as decorations.
Maasai people are one of the tribes among more than 120 tribes in Tanzania, living their reality. They are not forced by anything to change their culture, which makes them unique compared to other Tanzania cultures or tribes.
The park also offers a beautiful environment for morning and evening nature walk for about one to three hours with an experienced and armed guide who will be knowing various areas that can be walked on foot and share knowledge to visitors about the area.
The walk can be done in scenic environments such as climbing to the top of a nearby mountain and bushwalking safaris. One will have a chance to see various birds and animals clearly without any physical obstruction.
The travelers will use trails, mainly natural trails, which will make the visitor become deeply immersed or connected with the nature of the natural environments.
7. Best time to visit Tarangire National Park
The middle and the end of the dry season that runs from late June to October is the best time to view wildlife in Tarangire National Park. Most of the animals move out of the park during the wet season, and viewing animals is at that timeless rewarding.
From June to October (the dry season), the animals gather around the Tarangire River, which is the best time to go to Tarangire National Park. There is little rainfall during this time of the year hence making it the best weather for game viewing.
June to October still marks the high/peak tourist season with so many tourists filling the park. on the other hand, the low tourist season comes in March, April and May when the park is experiencing the wet season characterized y heavy rains, hence the worst weather
Tarangire National Park experiences two main seasons, which are:
- Wet Seasons
- Dry Seasons
The Dry season: June to October
At this time of the year, most of the Tarangire ecosystem is very dry. There is hardly any water, so, from the surrounding areas, many animals migrate into the park to quench their thirst at the few remaining water sources around the Tarangire River.
The vegetation thins out, and the animals gather around water points like rivers and water holes thus making wildlife easier to view. The weather is wonderful and sunny during these months. However, it is important to note that there are a great number of animals at the beginning or end of the dry season, and this differs greatly.
If it happens and the wet season stops late, it is possible that most of the animals have not moved to the park by June. And if the short rains come early, then it could be that the animals start to leave by October.
It is essential to have warm clothes when going on early morning game drives starting from June to August since it is freezing in the early mornings.
The days are generally calm with clear skies with average day time temperatures being 26°C (79°F) while the night temperatures normally drop, cooling the day’s heat to an average of 14°C (57°F).
Visiting Tarangire in the dry Season
The animals gather around the Tarangire River in large crowds offering easier opportunities for game viewing. Furthermore, since the vegetation is generally dry and thin due to lack of rain, tourists will easily spot the different wildlife.
Besides, malaria-causing female Anopheles mosquitoes are less; hence, contracting malaria is also much lower. Nonetheless, you are advised to always sleep under a mosquito net, especially if you are going camping.
This is the peak tourist season. Like all tourist destinations in the country, a Tarangire National Park Safari is generally more costly, with higher demand for the accommodation facilities.
The Wet Season: November to May
This season goes on from November till May each year, with the average daily temperatures are 28°C (82°F) while at night, the average temperatures are 16°C (61°F). During this time, the vegetation is stunning and adequate. The rates and prices may be much lower since this is the low season. The wet season is also prime time for bird watching since the migratory birds are present then.
March to May mark the wettest months in Tarangire, and it is considerably less rewarding to view the wildlife than during the dry season since most animals move out of the park.
The wet season consists of long rains that begin in March to May and then the short rains in November and December. The rains normally fall in the afternoons, and it hardly lasts the entire day.
The temperatures do not change much over the year, and it does not usually get too hot, although the evenings and mornings tend to get too cold.
The Tarangire weather is temperate and enjoyable. Showers usually come about in the afternoon. A dry spell will occur; however, its beginning is very unpredictable year after year.
8. Why Visit Tarangire National Park in the Wet Season?
There are Fewer Tourists
For holidaymakers interested in enjoying a less crowded Tanzania holiday experience, a visit to Tarangire National Park is highly recommended in the wet season.
Although you will not encounter as many animals as it is in the dry season, especially the migratory species, you will still get a chance to see various resident animals, including grazers like antelopes and predators like Buffaloes.
The Birdlife is Spectacular
During this time of the year, many migratory birds arrive in the damp and cooler parts of the park. These, together with the resident bird species, offer a gratifying bird watching experience for any holidaymaker enthusiastic about birding.
Some of the commonly encountered bird species include the crested francolins, hoopoes, yellow-necked spurfowl, hornbills, guinea fowl, steppe eagles, brown parrots, the gigantic lappet-faced vulture, white-bellied go-away bird, bateleur eagles, mousebirds, Kori bustards, Yellow-collared lovebirds, and bee-eaters.
Accommodation is Cheaper
Across the whole of Tanzania, the wet season is considered an off-peak tourist season because generally there are fewer tourists; however, this comes with a couple of advantages.
For instance, accommodation in nearly all tourist destinations is offered at discounted rates, with even several luxury facilities like the Tarangire Treetops becoming affordable to an ordinary traveler.
The terrain is green and Beautiful.
With the coming of the rains, the landscape of Tarangire comes to life. The drying out vegetation becomes green again, and flowers begin to flourish. The acacia, baobab, and other forested patches come to life again. The grassland areas are characterized by longer grasses, which result in a bright green color filling the entire park.
Clearer Photography setting
During this time of the year, Tarangire National Park is receiving some rain. This, however, does not mean that it rains for the entire day. Normally the rains fall early morning, and then in the afternoon, you can have an opportunity to enjoy the various safari activities.
After the rain has fallen and the sky is clear with the beautiful African sun, you will enjoy the best photography opportunities as the ambiance is generally apparent with a flourishing green backdrop for your photos.
9. Accommodations in Tarangire National Park
There is a wide selection of hotels to choose from that suit all your needs in Tarangire National Park. You can be sure to find amazing deals with discounted rates on any kind of hotel that your heart desires.
Your tour operators can save you time and money by making your booking at any Tarangire National Park accommodation. You can be provided with a map to find hotels within the Tarangire Park neighborhood that you may prefer with other attributes.
Booking a guest’s reservation at a hotel at Tarangire Park is, in fact, easier through your tour operator. Even when you want to stay within budget is a piece of cake.
Here are the types of Accommodation in Tarangire National Park:
For your Tarangire park holiday accommodation, there is a selection of safari lodges and tented camps found within the park itself as well as in the areas surrounding it. With a listing of these accommodation options, plus a handy map, enjoy a lot of low prices for your comfortable stay while here.
The accommodation facilities available range from budget, mid-range to luxury lodges and luxury tented camps, so irrespective of your budget, you will surely get a place to stay
There are large lodges that are located in obviously prime positions with wonderful views of the park. Taking the example of Tarangire Safari Lodge, it is located upon a cliff. It overlooks the mighty Tarangire River offering uninterrupted wildlife views around the river banks, especially in season.
It is very near within a distance of about 10 kilometers inside the park gate, and it comprises thatched bungalows, or closely spaced tents can make you an ideal accommodation.
Luxury accommodation in Tarangire National Park
The park offers several beautiful luxury options perfect for holidaymakers interested in enjoying some safari luxury, great comfort, and the chance of camping. Below are some of the top luxury facilities in tangerine.
This is the most well-known luxury facility in the whole of Tarangire National Park. It is located within a private reserve that borders this national park, and the neighboring Maasai stepped.
This facility offers some of the largest safari rooms you will find in the country constructed around giant baobab trees that offer views of Lake Manyara, the rift valley wall as well as Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day. It has 20 private treehouses, each with a very spacious balcony fitted with modern décor made using natural materials and with en-suite facilities that include a double shower with hot and cold water.
There are additional amenities such as a well-stocked bar, a clean swimming pool, and a fine restaurant. some of the activities you made enjoy from here include Maasai culture Village tours, nature walks, and night game drives
This permanent Tented Lodge is located along the Tarangire National Park’s northern border within a private reserve and offers holidaymakers a non-restricted safari experience that combines comfort and character in plenty.
Some of the various activities you can enjoy while staying here include walking safaris and night game drives that aren’t allowed in other national parks in northern Tanzania.
It has 6 beautiful tented bedrooms that have been lavishly furnished, each with a large private deck from where guests can enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding area.
Sanctuary Swala Camp
Located within one of the most secluded areas of this National Park, the Sanctuary Swala Camp was established under the shades of huge acacia trees and offered uninterrupted views over the neighboring open Savannah land.
It offers 12 lavish canvas tented rooms fitted with king-size beds, a cozy sofa, and an en-suite bathroom. There is unlimited Wi-Fi in each room, a fully stocked bar to enjoy cocktails, and in fact, this is a true example of luxury in Tanzania’s wilderness.
There is a swimming pool, a campfire, and a spacious deck where guests can enjoy views of different wildlife from the comfort of their rooms.
This is located on top of high granite rock and overlooks Lake Manyara as well as Lake burning. On a clear day, you can enjoy views of the high Mount Kilimanjaro from here. This amazing facility offers eco-friendly accommodation, and each of its tents is constructed on a raised wooden terrace for clear views.
They are a member of mid-range facilities in and around Tarangire National Park, as highlighted below.
Sanguine Tented Lodge
This facility is located close to the newly opened Sunday get into the park and offers for taking views of Lake burning. It’s 13 tent entrance has been constructed on the elevated wooden platform, each with a specialist dick enjoy a breathtaking view and sundowners they are fitted with big comfortable beds, a writing desk, and chair in-suite bathroom.
Tarangire Safari Lodge
In the whole of Tarangire National Park, this is the oldest permanent Lodge, and it is found upon a natural bluff offering guests sweeping views of the surrounding. Its accommodation includes tented rooms and bungalows and has an outdoor dining area, a swimming pool, and a souvenir shop.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
this is rather and leisure accommodation facility offering over 75 rooms in addition to various amenities like Wi-Fi a swimming pool and the fine restaurant special about it is that it is among the few accommodation facilities found within the boundaries of the National Park, and this also ideal for holidaymakers traveling as families as it accommodates children as well.
Maramboi Tented Camp
This facility offers 38 rooms and is part of Tanganyika wilderness camps like the Kati kàti of Serengeti. The rooms are built on a private terrace, each with en-suite bathroom facilities and additional amenities like a campfire and a large swimming pool.
Some of the activities you can enjoy here include game drives in both Tarangire National Park and the neighboring Lake Manyara National Park.
Budget Accommodations Facilities
Generally speaking, there are a few budget options for places to stay in and around the Tarangire national park; however, because of its location, budget travelers can opt to spend a night in Arusha town or within Karatu in facilities such as Mc-Elly’s hotel, planet lodge or Mrimba Palm Hotel in Arusha and the Country Lodge found in Karatu.
Nonetheless, tourists on a minimal budget can always opt to camp at the campsite found within the Park.
Whistling Thorn Tented Camp
This is the only budget accommodation facility found in the Tarangire region. It offers 6 canvas permanent tents that are grass thatched and spacious, which can accommodate 15 people each night. There is a communal dining area where guests can enjoy their meals.
Accommodation Amenities are offered in Tarangire National Park.
The type of amenities offered at your accommodation will depend on the type of facilities you will be staying at. At the lavish facilities, expect amenities like free WiFi, a swimming pool, a fully stocked bar, outdoor dining, library, and TV: as well as a number of them offering wheelchair accessibility and kid-friendly services. In the budget facilities, on the other hand, expect basic amenities.
In the evenings after your day’s activities, however, you can spend time in the communal area where guests can gather to share stories of their safari day as they enjoy some nice drinks and the warm campfires. Dine either under the stars or in an affectionate dining tent (but this will depend on the weather).
Most camps organize different Tarangire safari activities like game drives, walking safaris, and fly camping. You are advised to pre-book especially when you intend to be part of the walking and fly camping. You may incur an extra charge if you are not staying on the game package. Inquire if you are not sure about this.
Cost of Accommodation in Tarangire
As earlier mentioned, there are different types of facilities available in and around the park, and these are offered at different prices, as highlighted below.
- Budget facilities like the Whistling Thorn Tented Camp, on average, cost about $153 per person in a Single.
- Midrange accommodation like the Tarangire Sopa Lodge costs on average $450 for a deluxe.
- Luxury accommodation like Tarangire Treetops cost ranges from $750 to $1200 per person when sharing.
10. Safety in Tarangire National park
It is very safe to travel in Tarangire National Park in our opinion. Crime against tourists is virtually unheard of in Tanzania’s parks and reserves. Normal safety precautions need to be taken when driving between parks, in cities and towns, but incidents are rare, especially when on an organized safari. For more information, see ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.
Malaria & Vaccinations
You should have several vaccinations before you travel. You will need to consult your local doctor or travel clinic. Also, malaria prevention is important. Be sure to use mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and take antimalarial medication. Wearing long sleeves and pants in the evening is also a good precaution.
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If you listen to the advice of your guide, wildlife viewing is very safe. If you’re on a self-drive safari, you should also note the rules and regulations of the park. There are many elephants in Tarangire, and you should never get too close or get in the middle of a herd. For additional information, be sure to read our ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ in the list below.
In conclusion, Tarangire National Park is considered a classic dry reserve. When it rains, the animals move up into the Masaai steppe, yet the animals gather around the Tarangire River, offering remarkable game views in the dry season. This is this time of the year as the best time to visit the park.