Chopping Tarangire National Park in two is the Tarangire River, the lifeblood of these 1,100 square miles of swamps, grasslands and thick acacia bush. Thousands of elephants roam this lush region of the Rift Valley–one of the highest concentrations in the world–as do plenty of giraffes, impalas, warthogs, zebras, wildebeest and others. Big cats make appearances too, often basking in the sunlight on the riverbanks. The park is affectionately called the “Little Serengeti” due to its similar landscape and wildlife composition–though Tarangire offers something the Serengeti doesn’t.

The idyllic green season is a birder’s dream. Over 450 bird species, including many rare ones, can be spotted in the marshy center of the park, and vast flocks of waterfowl abound: saddle-billed stork, African fish eagle, tawny eagle, lilac-breasted roller and so on. Both migrant and resident birds come out in impressive numbers.

During the dry season from July to October, the rains recede, the southern swamplands dry out and water becomes scarce. Throngs of animals migrate to the park in search of dwindling water resources, and most find their way to the Tarangire River. This density of animals creates exciting standoffs and prime wildlife viewing opportunities.

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But the truly dominant features of Tarangire are the baobab trees that tower over the landscape. Tarangire is known as the Baobab Capital of the World due to its unusually high concentration of these “upside-down” trees. The Tanzanian species Adansonia digitata is the largest of all baobab varieties, and it plays a critical ecological role for elephants, bees, birds and bats.

Tarangire is one of the few places where time feels like a distinct part of the landscape. Visit during the green or the dry season, and you’ll feel in touch with the calendar of the African savanna–how its cycles of rain and drought can change so much.

Tarangire's sights

tarangire swamp with elephants
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lilac breasted roller in tree
elephants at sunrise
elephants and zebra in tarangire tanzania
wildlife under baobab tree in tarangire national park
lion basking in sun in tanzania
tarangire river at sunset
vervet monkeys in tree
giraffe in tarangire national park


Where you'll stay

Tarangire nyumba camp

Your camp is set amongst an array of baobab trees near the Tarangire River. Enjoy top-notch service from the camp staff, delicious meals in the dining tent, and comfortable amenities in your tent. Sit back with a cocktail or a book in the lounge tent, by the campfire, or on the verandah of your Nyumba tent.


Experience it on safari

Ready to experience the Tarangire firsthand? Explore our safaris that visit Tarangire National Park.

Ask about adding Tarangire onto the following safari itineraries

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