Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

1. From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire Start your day with pickup from your hotel at 7:30 AM. After meeting your guide, chef, and other clients, begin your 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for its diverse landscape. The park is particularly known for its abundance of Ancient Baobab trees and for having the largest concentration of elephants in the entire country. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and others. Later on, go to the Tarangire River picnic site and enjoy the beautiful view of the river and animals. After lunch, proceed with the game drive and exit the park around 4:30 PM, where you will head to your accommodations for dinner and to spend the night. Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater The Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife park known for its beautiful crater landscape and for being a prime spot to see wildlife. After an early breakfast at 6 AM, head to the Ngorongoro view point and admire the breathtaking view. Then, descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhinos, the hardest animals to spot in the crater. After lunch, take a game drive, ascend the crater, and return to your accommodations in Arusha.

Arusha: 3-Day Safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

2. Arusha: 3-Day Safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

On day 1, you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha town and driven to Tarangire National Park for a mid-morning game drive. Tarangire is well known for its large elephant herds. From the open roof of the vehicle, you’ll be able to admire the views of seasonal swamps, grassy savannas and the Tarangire River.  Look out for many animals including zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elephants and giraffes. You may catch a glimpse of a lion stalking its prey or leopards relaxing in the trees. Around midday, enjoy a picnic lunch. Enjoy further game viewing in the afternoon before driving to the Karatu area, where you will check into the Country Lodge hotel and enjoy dinner.  On day 2, enjoy breakfast at the lodge and depart with a packed lunch to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Crater is inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. It contains a river, several swamps, a lake, a forest and open plains. There are said to be over 30,000 animals living in the area that is naturally enclosed by the slopes of an old volcano. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at your hotel.  After breakfast on day 3, depart for a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to a range of wildlife including baboons, blue monkeys, over 350 species of birds and tree-­climbing lions. In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Arusha or Arusha Airport.

Arusha: Tarangire National Park Full-Day Wildlife Safari

3. Arusha: Tarangire National Park Full-Day Wildlife Safari

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, you will be taken back to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi.

2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

4. 2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, your driver-guide will collect you and your safari will commence. You will drive from Moshi to Tarangire National Park. This takes approximately 3 hours. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees, and tree climbing African pythons. The park covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers. You will enjoy a day of game viewing, with a picnic lunch looking out over the river to break up the time in the car. After a nice game drive, before it gets dark, you will drive to the lodge or campsite for dinner and an overnight stay. After breakfast the next day, you will drive to the Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA) - a UNESCO world heritage site. Once in the NCA you will see the Rift Valley and animals like elephant, buffalos, zebra, monkeys, and birds. The main feature of the NCA is the Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. You will then enter the crater and witness a large concentration of wild animals. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as prides of lions. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a wide variety of water birds. Other game commonly sighted included cheetahs, hyenas, and lots of other members of the antelope family. After completing your drive, you will return back to Moshi or Arusha.

From Arusha: Tarangire National Park Private Full-Day Tour

5. From Arusha: Tarangire National Park Private Full-Day Tour

Benefit from a hotel or international airport pickup in a 4x4 land cruiser to start your day trip. After a brief introduction, you will drive to Tarangire National Park. The Park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Visitors to the park in the June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest, and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include water buck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant's gazelle, monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in Tarangire include African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog. The Park is also home to more than 550 bird species and is therefore a haven for bird enthusiasts. After your tour, you will be dropped back off in Arusha.

From Arusha: 3-Day Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Manyara Safari

6. From Arusha: 3-Day Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Manyara Safari

3 Day 2 Night Northern Circuit Tarangire Park, Lake Manyara Park, Ngorongoro Crater Day 1: Arusha/Tarangire National Park (120km –3hrshours) Breakfast at 0730am. Pick up from your hotel in Arusha where client have booked at 08:00am and drive on tarmac road 120km to Tarangire National Park (2,850 sq km or 1,005 sq mile’s) for game drives. Lunch picnic there after lunch continue with afternoon game viewing in the park, a home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, buffalo, Python, Zebra, Oryx, Impala and more... Over 450 species of birds have been observed. Dinner and overnight at the Campor Lodge Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park (70km – 1hour) Breakfast at 0700am. Pick up from the Campsite at 0800am and drive on tarmac road 60km with lunch box to Lake Manyara National Park (330 sq km or 127 sq mile’s) on the base of the Great Rift Valley, for the Afternoon game drives. The park is home to Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Giraffe, Baboon, Blue and Vervet monkey, Warthog and more...About 350 species of birds have been recorded. This small park contains also five distinct vegetation zones. Thus supporting a large variety of birds and animals. The Manyara National park is also famous for its large flocks of flamingos. In this park canoeing has recently been added to the tourist activities in this park at extra cost. This is a great way to see the park from a new perspective. Dinner and overnight at the Campsite or Lodge Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater Floor/Arusha (190km – 3 hours) Wake up early morning for breakfast then at 0730hours drive to Ngorongoro and descend into the Crater floor (19.2 km of diameter, 610m deep, 304 sq km) for game drives. The crater is home to Black Rhino, Elephants, Zebras, Wildebeests, Buffalos, Impalas and so many other Antelopes. Approximately 25,000 millions of different animals. Carnivores are pride of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and other small cats. Your lunch will be served on the picnic site at Ngoitoktok swamp a Hippo pool, after lunch proceeds with afternoon game viewing while ascending the Crater and in the late afternoon driver back to Arusha

Day Trip to Tarangire National Park from Arusha

7. Day Trip to Tarangire National Park from Arusha

Your day tour begins with your hotel pickup in the morning, and heading south to stunning Tarangire National Park. Arrive at the Tarangire National Park for game viewing. In the afternoon you will stop for a picnic lunch. Your afternoon game-drive will reveal all the wonders of Tarangire, a National Park often referred to as the 'Elephant Playground'. Herds of up to 300 of these mighty mammals are sometimes seen in the park. Serengeti may be better known, but Tarangire in the dry season easily rivals it for animal densities. As well as the herds of elephant Tarangire is home to buffalo, lion, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle while gerenuk and fringe-eared Oryx are 'local specialties'. Lake Burungi's marshy shores are the lure for these mammals and the waters attract many beautiful bird species, too. Look out for giant kingfishers, hoopoes and the delightfully-named white-bellied go-away bird. Tarangire is noted for its splendid baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. At the end of an inspiring afternoon amongst the wildlife, drive back to your hotel in Arusha.

From Arusha: 7-Day Big 5 Safari with Accommodation

8. From Arusha: 7-Day Big 5 Safari with Accommodation

Visit the most popular Northern Circuit game parks on this 7-day safari in Tanzania. Travel in comfortable open-roof 4x4s to allow for easy game viewing, visit the stunning Lake Manyara National Park, and see the Great Wildebeest Migration. Day 1After landing at Kilimanjaro Airport, meet your driver and head to Moshi to spend the night in a comfortable hotel. Day 2Begin your day with a drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Marvel at the Rift Valley and drive through a lush evergreen groundwater forest. See multiple ecosystems, including acacia woodland, grassy plains, a swampy fan delta, and the expansive Lake Manyara. As you drive, keep an eye out for tree-climbing lions, buffalo, impala, giraffe, bushbuck, waterbuck, hippos, and elephants. Look into the trees for blue monkeys, velvet monkeys, and olive baboons. Day 3Leave Lake Manyara and drive to Serengeti National Park and spend the night in the park. Day 4Spend the whole day relaxing in the Serengeti National Park. Learn about the Great Wildebeest migration that makes the park world-renowned and marvel at the open grass plains, the savanna covered in acacia trees, the extensive woodland, and the black clay plains. Day 5Enjoy a morning game drive through the Serengeti National Park. Keep an eye out for wildebeest, zebras, antelopes, lions, and cheetahs. Next, head to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to see elephants, birds, and other game animals. From December to April, see the majestic wildebeest migration. Check in at the lodge before going on an afternoon game drive. Day 6Begin your day with a drive to Tarangire National Park. See the always-present Tarangire River, which draws hundreds of animals to the park. Enjoy a full day watching for wildlife and birds in the grassy savanna plains, swamps, hills, and baobabs. Day 7Spend the morning relaxing at Tarangire National Park before driving to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.

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What people are saying about Tarangire National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

The safari itself was great, we saw all the animals in Tarangire Park, except for the rhinos and hyenas. We had hoped for that in Ngorongoro Park. Unfortunately we had no luck and we were denied these. Organizationally, everything was fine again, the accommodation was clean and we had a delicious dinner. Unfortunately, we had bad luck with the car again, which cost us 2 hours to repair. What bothered us again was the enormous price difference. Some of our passengers only paid 400.- for the two-day safari, the price of over 600.- is definitely too expensive!

It was nice overall! We spent the night in a very nice hotel where the staff prepared very nice food. I also appreciated that the meals were homecooked and brought in pots with real cuttlery (no plastic involved!) and it was always delicious. The safari car was comfortable, it had electricity and enough space. I recommend the activity if you want to do these safaris in Tanzania. Asante sana!

It was a very good tour! Ngorongoro Conservation Area was bigger and bigger than expected! African guides were also very friendly. I's an exciting tour! Ngorongoro Conservation Area is very exciting.Addition, stuff is friendly and kind!

Had an excellent experience!! The driver was an excellent guide, very authentic and knowledgeable. A clear recommendation to use GetYourGuide to arrange safari trips and trips to explore the Maasai culture!

Perfect! Unforgettable experience thanks to our guide Lucas who was super nice and knew how to show us all the animals of the parks