Tarangire National Park name come from Tarangire River which cuts across the park and was established in 1970. It’s the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha National Park, Serengeti National Park, Katavi National Park, Mkomazi National Park, and Mikumi National Park. It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valley, and savannah grassland, rolling hills, rocky outcrops, extensive swamps, and acacia woodlands as well as an unusually large number of huge Baobab trees which can grow to have trunks reaching more than 100 feet in circumference.
Tarangire National Park Eloise, The Park become famous on August 2017 when scientists report that the mother elephant named Eloise, estimated to be 57 years old, gave birth to the twin’s babies, Emma, and Elon Tusk, a girl and boy. Eloise was the Matriarch in a herd of approximately 40 elephants living in Tarangire National Park. The male twin was bigger than the female and had constantly bullied his sister because of his greater appetite his mother’s milk. The girl survived by waiting for her brother when playing, sleeping or distracted in some way before she nurses.
The park is famous for its large herds of elephants and sometimes tree-climbing lions, leopards, pythons which like to lounge in the branches of the sausage tree. The Park has seasonal long-distance migration of zebras and wildebeest especially during the dry seasons towards the permanent water swamps and Tarangire River. A white giraffe was spotted in the park in 2015. The white color was due to leucism – it’s a genetic condition which inhibits skin cells from producing pigment but allows other organs, like eyes, to be dark-colored (Partial loss of pigmentation).
Tarangire National Park Weather
The park is usually warm and dry, long rains come in April and May, and the short rains in November early December. The park average altitude is 1014m / 3327feet with an Average daytime temperature are around 27°C/81°F and 17°C/63°F at night.
Tarangire National Park Lodges/Accommodations
There is a selection of lodges and camps in and outside Tarangire National Park, They include; Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire Tree Tops etc. Please contact us for booking and recommendations.
Tarangire National Park Safari
Tarangire national park safaris can be organized through DK Grand Safaris from Nairobi as an extension of an Africa safari or from Arusha Town – Tanzania.
Some of Tarangire National Park Safari packages offered by DK Grand Safaris include; photographic safaris, private safaris, family safari, honeymoon safari, customized and group safari. These safari packages include; accommodation, safari with 4×4 Land cruisers, game drives, Tarangire National Park fees, and park entrée fee, professional guides etc.
Tarangire National Park Animals
Come Wildlife found in Tarangire National Park includes the wildebeest & Zebras migration, big herds of elephant families, lions, giraffes, gazelles, leopards, cheetahs, Oryx, various primates, buffaloes, hartebeests, elands, and impalas.
Tarangire National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise with its more than 550 species of birds especially at the swamps which includes; Storks, Darters, Cormorants, pelicans, herons, bitterns, ibis, Jacanas, Avocets, lapwings, Thick-knees, Bustards, Grebes, Hornbills, Whistling-ducks, Spur-fowls, Eagles, kites etc.
Safari to Tarangire National Park
DK Grand Safaris
Chief Park Warden
Tarangire National Park
P.O. Box 3134 – ARUSHA