Tarangire is located about 65 miles southwest of Arusha. It extends over 2600 km of wilderness in the Rift Valley and is part of the broader migratory system. This is one of the best places in Africa to see elephants with herds including as many as 500 animals.
This is a year-round park but in the dry season it becomes a refuge for many migratory animals. The game viewing is excellent as the animals cluster around the rapidly shrinking water reserves. The permanent water supply of the park is a natural magnet and during the dry season, the animal population here rivals that of the Serengeti.
Prime months to visit are between September and December; Manyara starts to struggle a little for good water and grazing. The elephant population in the Tarangire is very concentrated in these months and if self-driving precaution should be taken at all times.
It’s a great park to visit with some nice surprises; lion can also be seen taking a lazy nap in the limb of a tree and birding is exceptional.
Walking through palm bush land in the direction of Manyara, passing by many traditonal villagers (the real thing), feeling the earth shake as a heard of Zebra disappear into a cloud of dust. Walk up through the rift valley then from the comfort of a fully equipped mountain bike, take a tour through the Mbulu area, it’s hard to believe you are in Africa.
Tarangire river, plains, woodland, baobabs, swamps, view massive herds of elephant, along with buffalo, lion, cheetah, wild cat, hyena, leopard, greater and lesser kudu, wild hunting dog, eland, thomson, grants, impala gazelle, zebra, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog, wild pig, giraffe, dik dik, sykes ( blue) monkey, vervet monkey, baboon, mongoose, bush babies python, excellent birding: Tented camp accommodation and lodges in the park. Public camping both in and out of the park boundaries