There are two major ways you can access Tarangire National Park and that is either by road or air transport.
Flying into Kilimanjaro International AirPort (KIA) is the best option to get to Tarangire. This is located, 46 kilometers (29 Miles) from Arusha. Another possibility is to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) which is near Dar es Salaam and then arranging for a domestic flight at Arusha Airport (ARK).
If you want to get a relatively cheap flight, you can also opt to fly in Nairobi Kenya and then move on to continue with one of the buses between Arusha and Nairobi. You are able to get to Arusha in the late afternoon if you use a morning pick up. Your tour operator will pick you up from the airport in most cases and also take care of any other transportation from there.
You can also use charter flights from Arusha then to Serengeti and then finally to Tarangire. From Arusha to the entrance gate, be assured of a comfortable drive that will take you only 2hours, with which only 7kms of them are on a non tarred road. From Tarangire it is quite easy to drive to the neighboring the Ngorongoro Conservation area or Lake Manyara National Park.
Tarangire is one of the parks located in Northern Tanzania known as a more seasonal park. Within the Greater Tarangire ecosystem, there is a lot of migratory movement.
There are large herds of animals that are pulled towards the Tarangire River during the dry season between June and October. The elephant numbers are also amazing at this time.
Tarangire is almost the least visited park among those Tanzanian parks in the North but it holds the real air of unveiled Africa specifically in the southern part of the park. Covering an area of 2,600 square kilometers, Tarangire lies a small distance, south east of Lake Manyara national park. It has a hilly landscape that is dotted by a number of Baobab trees, thick bushes and long grass.
How to book a Flight to Tarangire National Park
there are a number of online trusted dealers and websites that offer reliable INFORMATION ON the cost, schedule and type of airliner that offer flights into Tarangire National Park. Some of the top recommended include: www.skyscanner.net for flights to multiple destinations and then expedia.com for the latest especially regarding domestic flights. Some of the domestic airlines that you can use include: Coastal Aviation, Air Tanzania, Safari Air Link, Precision Air, ZanAir and Regional Air. Please keep in mind that the available charter flights have a weight restriction; and for that reason you should inquire through your tour operator about how much luggage you can take at a time.
The distance from Arusha to Tarangire National Park is approximately 140 km and takes about three hours drive to access the park. Unfortunately many people identify a safari to Tarangire as a loner Safari, however visiting this park in the dry season will offer you remarkable wildlife views especially if you explore the southern part of the park. Tarangire ranks as part of the famous northern safari circuit and is definitely visited alongside with Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater. Arusha town is a starting point to many for most of the safaris to this circuit.
Combining Tarangire with other National Parks
A safari to Tarangire can easily be combined with the neighboring national parks as there are good access roads as well as charter flights connection to these destinations. From Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park it is approximately 110 km and this takes about 2h 50min by road. You can also connect from Tarangire to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is located approximately 140 km and this is about 3 hours drive away.
The Tarangire National Park can also be visited on a day tour during a longer safari itinerary to other national parks on a Tanzania Safari, however in case you wish to spend the night, you will find various accommodation options of different budgets including tented camps and lodges.