Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park day trip
Tarangire National park day trip starts when we will collect you from your hotel in Arusha and following a 2-3 hour drive, you will arrive at the Tarangire National Park.
In this region, Hemmingway often went on big game hunting safaris. After the formation of the national parks in 1970, they turned the seasonal marshes and the endless savannah that one sees today into, once again, profitable hunting grounds. Today however, cameras thankfully have replaced the elephant guns. The Tarangire National Park has the highest density of elephants in North Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round in which the herds often can reach an impressive number of 300 animals.
The Tarangire River has water all year round and during the dry season, between July and October, many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river for drinking.
If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you can observe wonderful creatures such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests and zebras as well as various types of antelopes and gazelles and with a little luck, you can also spot a python! This area is during the dry season also a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Masai Ostrich -the world largest bird.
Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place before the afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching. Before sunset, This will be the end of our Tarangire national park day trip. You will be taken back to your hotel in Arusha
- Day trip according to the itinerary
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Mineral water
- All mentioned activities
- All national park fees
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
More on Tarangire National park
Tarangire is a park for those who want to step that much further off the beaten track to experience a truly wild area. A Tarangire National Park safari boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, and a remarkable concentration of big cats and is one of the best National Parks in Tanzania. The African wild dog, kudu, oryx and gerenuk, rarely found in other parks in the northern circuit, can also be found here, along with arguably the best bird diversity in Africa. More than 550 species are attracted to its vibrant swamps. During the dry season from August to October, Tarangire has the highest concentration of mammals of any of Tanzania’s renowned national parks.
Tarangire National Park Wildlife
The park boasts the biggest population of elephant in northern Tanzania. Impressive herds of up to 300 elephant plus large herbs of buffalo are an incredible sight, and you also can expect regular sightings of migratory zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck and giraffe. Tarangire hosts both big cats and small. A high concentration of leopard and lion as well as serval, caracal and genet make for high-adrenaline viewing as they prey on the plains game that provide a moving smorgasbord. During the dry season the park features one of the highest densities of wildlife per square kilometre in all of Tanzania, as the permanent Tarangire River provides a welcome water source and a crucial refuge for large numbers of animals.
Home to more than 550 bird species, the park arguably has the best bird diversity in East Africa and ornithological enthusiasts can expect to see dozens of species, even in the dry season. In addition, the swamps of Tarangire are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds in the world.
Below is our list of some of the sightings to be enjoyed in Tarangire:
- Wild dog (rare)
- Spotted hyena