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Tarangire National Park

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Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a very special Tanzania Safari location. Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for Tanzania Safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.

The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal.

Tarangire is centred around the Tarangire River which provides permanent water throughout the year. There are nine vegetational zones ranging from acacia parkland and riverine grassland to deep gully vegetation and rocky hilltops. Between them they support large numbers of wildlife including large herds of zebra, impala, wildebeest as well as elephants, buffalo, giraffe, warthog, eland, big cats (especially cheetah) and many birds (over 300 species) for the Tanzania Safari enthusiast.

The vegetation is predominantly denser here than in the Serengeti, giving it a wilder Tanzania Safari feeling and making it more challenging to spot the wildlife. Due to the permanent water of the Tarangire River, the park is best for Tanzania Safaris in the dry season between June/July and November.