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Tarangire Day Trips

Part of Tanzania’s legendary Northern safari circuit, Tarangire National Park is a brilliant wildlife destination, even if you only have a day at your disposal. Even in such a short space of time you can get a taste of the park’s many attractions, which include giants such as elephants and baobab trees as well as big cats. Yes, Tarangire deserves much more than just 1 day. But a 1-day Tarangire safari is one of the best things you can do in Tanzania. And there is no doubt whatsoever that 1 day in the park is a whole lot better than no days at all. Or to put it another way, if you only have 1 day to spend on safari, there are few better places to do it than here in Tarangire.

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5 Questions About Tarangire Day Trips


5 Questions About Tarangire Day Trips

Answered by Anthony Ham

How can I find a reliable operator for a day trip in Tarangire National Park?

“Your first stop when looking for a reliable tour operator to organize your 1-day Tarangire safari should be When it comes to researching and planning your safari, SafariBookings can teach you just about anything there is to know about Tarangire National Park. This is largely thanks to the reviews and descriptions of the park that you’ll find on the website by some of Africa’s most experienced safari experts. SafariBookings is just as valuable when it comes to choosing the safari operator who will organize your trip. That’s because it gives you access to reviews by other safari-goers who have actually traveled with the operators in question and provide honest reviews of their performance based on firsthand experience.”


What can I expect from a day trip in Tarangire?

“In its simplest form, your day trip to Tarangire National Park will involve you traveling to and from the park, in between which you’ll most likely explore the park on a guided game drive. Such a game drive usually takes place in an open-sided 4WD safari vehicle, and you’ll be taken around Tarangire to look for animals by a guide and a driver. These will be the basics of your day trip. It's also worth remembering that a 1-day Tarangire safari will not include an overnight stay in the park. Instead, you will travel to and from Tarangire from elsewhere, and it all happens on the one day. The rest of the details will depend on where you’re traveling from and how much you pay (flying to and from Tarangire is much more expensive than traveling by road), among other variables.”


Which animals can I expect to see on a 1-day safari in Tarangire?

“Large herds of elephants (and even bigger baobab trees) are the undoubted highlights of any visit to Tarangire and you’re almost certain to see both on your 1-day safari. Other possibilities include wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland. Of the predators, lions are commonly seen (the Silale Swamp pride inhabits the park’s south), and you might also see cheetah and/or spotted hyena while you’re here. That said, your chances of seeing many of these species are limited if you’re only here for a day. Indeed, as a general rule, staying for such a short time means that you will limit your chances of seeing all of the incredible wildlife that Tarangire has to offer. You’re unlikely to see them in just a single day, but other Tarangire specials that you could spot include fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk, python and mongoose. If you see an African wild dog on your day here, you’ve really hit the jackpot.”


Where should I be based to do a day trip in Tarangire?

“The simple answer to this question is that the closer to Tarangire you begin and end your day, the more time you’ll have to explore the park itself. That’s because the farther away you are from the park at the start of the day, the more time you’ll need to spend traveling to and from (rather than in) the park. Obviously, if you fly to and from Tarangire as part of your day trip, the quicker you’ll arrive and the later you can leave, although flying will increase the cost of your trip considerably. It's worth checking with any prospective safari tour operators exactly what they mean by a day trip. It is possible, although rare, that some tour operators will consider it a day trip if you stay just outside the park, spend the day inside the park, and then return to your accommodation at the end of the day. Much more likely is that you’ll begin your day in Arusha and either return there at the end of the day or continue on to Mto wa Mbu or Lake Manyara after visiting Tarangire and before nightfall.”


How much does a Tarangire day trip cost?

“Expect to pay at least US$200 to US$250 for your Tarangire day trip, although prices can go much, much higher than that. It is actually rare for operators to offer a stand-alone 1-day Tarangire safari. In most cases in which you’ll visit Tarangire on a day trip, the time you spend in Tarangire is part of a broader safari itinerary or trip that takes in other parks or attractions. Where that’s the case, it can be difficult to separate out the cost of the Tarangire part of your overall safari. When calculating the cost of your safari, always make sure that you understand what is included in, and excluded from, any prices quoted by a safari operator. As a general rule, the following should be included: transfers, park entry fees (US$50/15 per adult/child per day), meals, drinks, guide, driver, vehicle and any game drives.”


Tarangire Reviews

4.2/5 291 Reviews
Stephen Cunliffe  –  
South Africa ZA

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

Land of the giant tuskers

Named after the Tarangire River, which is a magnet for wildlife at the height of the dry season, this national park is well worth a visit. Tarangire is rightfully famous for its elephants – especially the giant tuskers (which have thus...

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Gemma Pitcher  –  
Australia AU

Gemma authored several Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guides to Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

A dry season must

I love Tarangire, but remember that this is a seasonal park – if you’re after mammals you’ll need to visit during the dry season (June-November) to get the best out of it. It’s nice and accessible – only two hours from Arusha –...

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Emma  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Nov 6, 2023

This was our first park and we were surprised how much wildlife we saw. The highlight (although grim) was seeing a zebra that had been killed by a lion and then left ready t eat later. Later we saw a female lion (possibly after the zebra...

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Merlin  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Oct 24, 2023

We saw the biggest groups/families of elephants, they were like hundreds with really big ones until baby elephants. Scenery was really cool as it has mountains, rivers, flats and forests. But we were unlucky with the cats, only saw a bunch...

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Mick R  –  
Australia AU
Reviewed: Sep 22, 2023

Another good destination. Would love to spend more time there and really explore the park. Good variety of animals but needed more time to seek them out. Have had excellent cheetah and elephant sightings, a long-distance leopard in a tree...

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Lyndsey Deane  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Aug 21, 2023

We spent our first day here and it was an incredible start, I had worried I'd be impatient to get to Serengeti but I am so pleased we did this first. We had amazing sightings of so many animals, including tree-climbing lions, it really set...

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