Elephant on the Silale Swamp on the eastern edge of Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is known for its iconic baobabs, elephant and buffalo, not to mention strong populations of lion and other predators

Buffalo are drawn to the Tarangire River to drink during the dry season between June and October

Kuro Tarangire, a small, beautifully designed bush camp and a wonderful place to experience the variety on offer in this park.

The Tarangire ecosystem is home to Tanzania's second largest lion population

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is particularly worth visiting in the dry season when the Tarangire River is one of the few sources of permanent water in the area. Consequently, it attracts large numbers of animals (most notably elephant, wildebeest and zebra) from the surrounding Maasia Steppe. Read more about the best time to visit Tanzania.

Like the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire should really be viewed in the context of the full ecosystem of which it is only a small part. The system extends out of Tarangire, south and east into the Maasai steppe, and this vast area acts as a dispersal area for much of the game during the rainy season.

The experience you'll have of Tarangire depends very much on which part of the park you visit.  Northern Tarangire is great for game, but you do need to be prepared for a high volume of traffic, while Southern Tarangire - the area below Kuro - is our favourite bit, quieter and visited by fewer tourists.  Tarangire's western boundary and Lokisale on the east of the park also offer a slightly different take on the main park.

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